Good news Nextel users: Sprint is now offering the BlackBerry Curve 8350i with (of course) PTT, WiFi and GPS. Here's info from the press release:
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone utilizes iDEN technology on the Nextel National Network. It offers Nextel Direct Connect, the only national push-to-talk service in the industry to offer sub-second call set up to the world's largest push-to-talk community with millions of users.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is the first push-to-talk BlackBerry smartphone to offer: -- Built-in Wi-Fi(R) support, allowing customers to browse the Internet and download email attachments quickly and easily wherever they have Wi-Fi access, and they can also send and receive emails or browse the Internet while talking on the phone. -- Group Connect, enabling customers to instantly set up group conversations with up to 20 participants.
Additionally, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone supports: -- Integrated business solutions, including a large selection of GPS-enabled solutions and access to thousands of other third-party mobile applications for jobs such as dispatch operations and fleet and workforce management. -- International Direct Connect, whichenables instant connections between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. -- Talkgroup, which connects groups of up to 200 people at once within the same local market and in the same fleet.
-- BlackBerry Device Software v4.6 for a simple and easy user experience with an updated interface, new shortcuts, an enhanced HTML web browser, support for free/busy calendar lookups and more. -- BlackBerry "push" email for easy and efficient delivery of corporate and personal email. -- Robust messaging capabilities with support for popular instant messaging, multimedia messaging (MMS) and text messaging services. -- Integrated GPS for step-by-step directions, navigation and local search as well as support for other location-based applications and services. -- Advanced media player for listening to music, watching videos and viewing pictures. -- 2 megapixel digital camera with digital zoom, flash and video recording*. -- DataViz(R)Documents To Go(R)preinstalled for editing Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone. -- Speakerphonethat provides exceptional sound quality. -- Expandable memory of up to 16GB through its microSD/SDHC memory card slot, providing plenty of storage for pictures, videos, music and documents. -- Bluetooth(R)2.0 support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals. -- Support for thousands of applications, including business, lifestyle and entertainment titles. -- Stereo headset jack for calls, push-to-talk conversations, music and other audio. -- Removable/rechargeable 1400 mAH battery.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview