3G BlackBerry set for the UK?

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Research in Motion (RIM) looks set to introduce a 3G version of the BlackBerry to the UK in the shape of the 8707v. Whether there’s any great benefit to a 3G BlackBerry is open to question – with flash storage remaining at 64MB, there’s nowhere to keep your large downloads anyway. We don’t know yet either whether users will be able to harness the 3G modem in the device to surf the web on ther laptops.

The 8707v is based on a 312MHz Intel PXA901 processor with 16MB of SRAM. In addition to 3G connectivity, the handset offers quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS operation – it’s not yet clear if there is EDGE support. The 3G modem seems to be used exclusively for data. There is also a 320 x 240, 65,635-colour display, Bluetooth 2.0 on board and a battery which offers up to five hours’ talk time.

According to a report on The Register,the 8707v is likely to feature on the Vodafone network first, though we’re guessing that T-Mobile might just beat them to it.

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Via The Register

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