Alright it's now official. Telus has officially started getting it's employees and clients pumped for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. It's now officially listed as one of their phones coming soon. BlackBerry Sync has got all the official documents and pricing and it goes like this:
- 3 Year Contract (with voice & data plan) $299.99
- 3 Year Contract (no data) $499.99
- 2 Year Contract $549.99
- 1 Year Contract $599.99
- Month to Month (No Contract) $649.99
From what we get Telus has blocked the GPS part so they can offer their Telus Navigator service. One really neat feature Telus is adding to this device is their Mobile Music Store (which would allow unlimited music downloads for $20). International roaming will cost you an arm and leg, the pricing follows like this: If you sign up before October 1, 2007 you get 50% off international roaming (United States is not included). The rate for international roaming is $51.20/MB CAD but with your 50% off your looking at $25.60 per MB. Ouch.
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition starts shipping June 29th and should be available just a few days after that in all stores. We aren't sure why it was delayed exactly buy I guess they got all problems fixed for now. Read over for more on the 8830.
The BlackBerry ® 8830 World Edition smartphone provides users with access to CDMA’s superior coverage within North America, including access to high-speed, broadband-like wireless data downloads with EVDO for the fastest coast-to-coast mobile computing experience available.
TELUS’ enhanced international roaming service will provide users of the BlackBerry 8830 smartphone with voice calling and an "always-on, always connected" wireless e-mail solution for access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, organizer and the Web while traveling internationally.
Packed with powerful capabilities, a slim design with a premium finish and incredible new features, including TELUS navigator, a multi-media player, expandable memory (up to 4gb), Voice-Activated Dialling and trackball navigation. This is a smartphone you'll always want to show off.
What's new with the BlackBerry 8830:
- International roaming on GSM/GPRS** Media player for music and video playback*
- New trackball navigation system for ease of use
- Improved battery life
- Voice-activated dialling* Removable microSD memory (up to 4 GB)
TELUS navigator coming soon – get audible and visual turn-by-turn driving directions directly from your TELUS phone, just like an advanced GPS navigation system, but at a fraction of the cost
Full Feature List:
- Download 5x faster on TELUS' EVDO network in Canada and the U.S. than on Rogers™ Edge Network**
- GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and email while traveling internationally
- Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM mode making global roaming easy
- Internal 64MB memory and expandable memory – Removable Micro SD slot (up to 4GB) Full QWERTY keyboard Speakerphone
- Advanced sound technology that cancels background noise and echo
- Integrated Bluetooth® wireless technologies for hands-free accessories and wireless data transfer
- Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD) Light sensing technology to automatically adjust screen and keypad brightness
- Sleek design (114mm x 66mm x 14mm) featuring black finish with chrome side accents