Are you one of those Nextel BlackBerry users who refuse to switch over to the Sprint side of the house or over to a reputable wireless company who actually has come out with new BlackBerrys in the passed 3 or 4 years? Well, if you are, we may have news for your ears.
This past Tuesday at CITA Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced that they are coming out with a new Wi-Fi enabled, iDen BlackBerry on the Nextel network later this year. I must have missed this earlier in the week, however, it may be just a little bit too late for this to have much impact.
I know that a lot of Nextel BlackBerry users waited as long as they could for a new iDen device to come out, however, it has been 3 years since the BlackBerry 7100i came out and around 5 since the BlackBerry 7520 came out.
Just think, since the BlackBerry 7100i came out, GSM and CDMA carriers have had the BlackBerry 8700, BlackBerry Pearl, the BlackBerry 8800, and the BlackBerry Curve devices come out in various configurations. Sprint has been saying for years that they weren’t going to come out with another Nextel BlackBerry and finally convinced their remaining BlackBerry users to switch.
The problem is that those Nextel BlackBerry users didn’t switch to Sprint. They switched to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. I guess that with all the trouble that Sprint/Nextel is having that they need to get those 37 remaining 7100i users some new gear for fear of losing them to another telecom as well.
Im so mad, I HAVE this brick, BUT HONESTLY, WHO cares…its too late, I will switch to SPRINT and keep my 99 unliited er’thang! and just get the curve on april 20th! forget it…A few days late and still a dollar short…
Well, this is one announcement where VZW looks good regarding new phones to marketplace. :). But can they beat Nextel with a wifi model? LOL
Hello Robb… Please have someone proof your posts. It will give them the credibility they deserve.
Yes I am one of the dinosaurs. I’ve been having hard times and just cant by the 8703, which is the one I want because its qwerty, but I’m gonna make a move soon as i find a cheap or refurb 8703. Both my business partner and I have the 7100 and for me, it has been very painful. I haven’t been here in a while, but i absolutely hate suretype tricknology. I write in a lot of slang and use names and this thing never seems to feel where I’m going.
are comes out as see, yet comes out as try, and then you can’t go bakc to the exact word_ OOHHHHH!!!! I hate it!!! And I dont even use direct connect anymore, so I have no reason, other than contractualy obligation and economic coercion to remain with Nextel.
i have alot of friends waiting for this. they keep holding out thinking nextel might come out with a new bb this is good news indeed. Now I wonder which form factor it will come out like the 8800 or the curve. I don’t understand why Sprint doesn’t just put Q-chat in the new 8330 like the ATT curve has PTT.
omg, i do want it! i have a 7100i cuz it’s the “best” (to call it somehow) blackberry on nextel. I seriously need a better one lol.
Thank God! I have a 7520 and feel that this has been the single best phone I have ever owned. I hope the kybd is similar on the new model and wifi sounds very sweet. My brothers were on the 7520, one recently switched to a sprint bb model and the signal and call quality stinks. Nextel has very clear audio and a distinct echo in the call (where you can barely hear your own voice in real time) which makes the experince like talking on a land line. Most newer networks don’t have this, and it’s Annoying. Anyways This is very important to me. I am convinced it’s Sprints network and will never switch off of Nextel until the options are exhausted. Sprint has tunnel vision and destroyed what nextel created and put it all in the trash can. Fools. I predicted it too, seems they should have asked the hardcore followers what they thought.
I was told that Nextel was coming out with the new bb soon. Does anyone have confirmation of the date??
Only reason why I haven’t gotten a bb on nextel was becuase i picked up the i870 released 1 week before the i870 b/c Sprint-Nextel couldn’t supply enough 7100s. Been waiting to upgrade since my contract ran out 8 onths ago…but i have been waiting to get the bb bold on tmobile or at&t since sprint “sropped” the bb product line (the 7100i was only $99 after discounts no rebates for oer a year…now it’s twice that cost and still slow! It’s the reason why i lost so many chirp buddies!). The only reason why i may stay with nextel is if this new bb will either be the bold with iden and evdo, it’s equilivent, or better. Otherwise, tmo will have 3g up and the bold…and my phone bill will be half the price considering i lost 90% of my chirp buddies as it is…that alone should have made me leave already…that’s what i get for hanging on to a name that has already been retiired! Thanks Splint!ALbert
It looks like the new Nextel BlackBerry will be a Curve with the the model number BlackBerryy 8350. Still no definitive date on when it is coming out though.
Does anyone have any news as to when the new nextel blackberry will finally be released? It seems like an eternity since the above article came out. I keep going the local nextel/sprint vendors to ask them about the release date but they don’t know anything. I hope someone out there can help.
I guess you can get an AT&T or Verizon PTT phone or Blackberry… Oh wait, its not true PTT. It has about a 30 second delay. While I agree Sprint(CDMA/Nextel(IDEN) has fallen behind with the Smart Device and Customer service, AT&T and Verizon have been putting all the money into advertising and promotions while Sprint(CDMA) has been putting it all in to new Technology. Keep switching to the other guys. While you are stuck with the old technology, dropping calls and coverage, and two year contracts, I will have great coverage, and much fewer dropped calls;-)
I have been a Nextel user since 1999 and I hate the fact that Sprint has taken over customer service sucks and they are never willing to work with u…. Just wish Nextel would go back to its own company Sprint has taken it apon themselves to close every Nextel store in my area and now i have to go into sprint stores where there employees have no knowledge of the Nextel product or how to use them so of course they would try and sway a customer to the sprint side!!!!! sprint sucks and NEXTEL ROCKS!!!!!!!! even if it takes them some time to come out with new phones at least u can keep a phone like a blackberry 7520 or 7100i for 4 or 5 years! Can u really say that for any sprint phones, att, vzw, or t-mobile there phones barley make it til the end of ur two yr agreement
Of what I have heard it should be out in November, around the 8th.
I’m a Nextel user and here in Argentina we really need a new model with iDEN technology, i have 7100i and and many of my friends the 7520, i feel ashamed when i ‘ve to pick up my phone beside a Curve or Bold model, you know what i mean. 8 of November is the lauch date? Please confirm that.
Sorry about my english, hope you to understand.
yeah….Sprint has customer service reps that were there before the merge and after…..so I don’t know why you guys say that the customer service has gone down because the Sprint reps have not “Taken over” customer service……you are getting the same customer service you had before because they don’t deal with iDEN phones (Nextel) phones….
Oh and there is not a definite date for the release of this phone yet so don’t believe everything you read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tracyandmatt.co.uk and tht website and name is not real i made it up.Tht email is so contact us.Its bout da latest cells.HTC Touchpro for sprint cuming soon to q3(quarter3)insprint….
Sorry about my english, hope you to understand.
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