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Sprint Runs With Slim BlackBerry 7100i

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The new mobile handset will be offered under the Nextel brand and offers a barrage of mobile features like email, GPS, and telephone applications.

The latest phone to come from Sprint will be an advanced BlackBerry model from Research In Motion. The BlackBerry 7100i went on sale at Sprint stores today for $349.99 before promotions and other discounts.

Instead of the familiar QWERTY keyboard, the 7100i has a multi-functional keypad. Sprint said it uses SureType technology, which helped get the device into a slimmer footprint than a traditional BlackBerry.

“This device is different from most BlackBerry devices because it looks and feels more like a traditional phone – including a narrower, smaller form factor – yet it still boasts the functionality of BlackBerry that customers have come to expect,” said Vicki Warker, vice president of marketing for Sprint, in a statement.

Sprint lists a host of functionality in the 7100i. Along with the wireless email and calendar/contact synchronization it can handle via BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server or Internet Service connection to a corporate email system, the device can let users view email attachments, and send text and images.

The GPS function, long offered by Nextel before its merger with Sprint, offers some extra features to TeleNav subscribers. The driving directions available via that service can be updated in real time, “even when the driver misses a turn at high speeds and immediately needs a new route.”

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Sprint Runs With Slim BlackBerry 7100i
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