For all the folks in Waterloo, Ontario who think up all the new features that come out in next-generation BlackBerry devices, I have a request. Allow me to talk on the BlackBerry and send & receive email at the same time.
This request may not seem all the important to BlackBerry users that don’t fly all that often, or when they do, have the luxury of taking direct flights. For those of us, however, that have to fly out of regional airports, almost always having to take a connecting flight, a BlackBerry that allows you to talk while pulling down email would be a thing of beauty.
There are times when I am traveling for business via a connecting flight that I am on the phone from the time that I land on the first flight until the flight attendant announces that it is time to turn off all electronics on the second flight. During this time, no email is being sent or received. The productivity loss here is substantial… So much so that you often see road warriors with a BlackBerry and a mobile phone.
I don’t want to carry another device. I am at the threshold for the number of electronic devices I carry in my backpack when going through security. Lets see… I’ve got a laptop, an external hard drive, an iPod, a Sony PSP (for those long trips with no inflight movie), an electric razor, a Bluetooth headset and and charger, a digital recorder (This is something else that should be added to the BlackBerry, however, that is for another post), a laser pointer, and a BlackBerry. If I carry anything else that runs on electric current I am sure to be stopped at every security checkpoint every time going forward.
The ability to send and receive data and voice is a restriction of the GSM/GPRS and CDMA networks, not the BlackBerry. Get a UMTS or 3G device when they become available if that’s a feature you require.
just stay tuned with the 3G BlackBerries. Works great!
I have my eye on the BlackBerry 8707v. Maybe one day far, far away when 3G is old hat on the rest of earth, it will become readily available here in the US.
Exactly…this is a more a function of the network and really requires 3G service. Even so, not all 3G is created equally. For instance, the current version of EVDO (used by the Verizon 7130e) does not allow for simultaneous data and voice transmission. However, the next revision of EVDO will allow for that, and so perhaps by next year you may have your wish.
what is the name of this software that allows you to talk and receive messages at the same time and where cam I get it?