BlackBerry 8820 Wi-Fi Released (in the UK)

RIM released the BlackBerry 8820, for now only in the UK, which the company intends to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Besides Wi-Fi, the new 8820 includes built-in GPS navigation, expandable memory, voice-dialing, BlackBerry Maps (provided by Telenav), and a high capacity battery, among others. One interesting bit is the mention of Steve Jobs by co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, during an annual shareholders meeting.

RIM President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said yesterday the attention Steve Jobs and Apple’s iPhone has brought to the sector has benefited the company.

“Hats off to Mr Jobs for growing the whole industry,” Lazaridis said at RIM’s annual shareholder meeting in Canada.

“We all knew the smartphone market was growing. Some of us believe that eventually all phones will be smartphones. I think what the iPhone announcement did was that it just accelerated the public’s awareness and acceptance of a smartphone.”

The BlackBerry 8820 will be available in the US through AT&T later this summer. I personally don’t think this device will disappoint. Having used BlackBerries before (my last one was the BlackBerry Pearl), I know that CrackBerry addicts are eagerly awaiting this device. It further shows RIM’s shift into making more consumer-friendly Berries, which they were previously hesitant to do.

Via: ZDNet