RIM Unveils First Push-to-Talk BlackBerry

Could it catch on in the UK?

Living in the UK we tend to fall on the wrong side of many things in the land of IT, but not when it comes to mobile phone prices and their contracts which is why push to talk never really took off. Yet considering that we just had a comment about this technology on a four year old Motorola story I couldn’t resist this one…

Mixing like chalk and cheese, RIM has at long last decided to introduce its first ever push to talk handset – the ‘Curve 8350i’. Sheesh, it’s like putting fluffy dice in a Bentley.

Still if chatting walkie-talkie style to each other is something you’ve always wanted to do on a highly capable smartphone then the 8350i is the one for you. After all, how many PTT phones do you get with WiFi and GPS, a full on multimedia player, voice recognition, full document editing, microSDHC slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack? Naturally you also get the tasty v4.6 of the BlackBerry OS. Basics include a 2MP camera with flash and Bluetooth 2.0 while at 111.8 x 60.9 x 17.7mm and 133g it isn’t a featherweight but it shouldn’t be tearing any pockets either.

Predictably launching on Sprint first in the US (the home of PTH) don’t rule out this handset making an appearance on these Isles given RIM’s diligent export record. Perhaps it’ll find a niche after all…?

Press Release via Business Wire}

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