Yes, it has both CDMA and GSM, but for GSM it only has the 900/1800 bands, so doesn't work in the US, only in Europe/Asia (excluding Japan/South Korea).
I tested one and on the Network Selection there's a "Global" option which "should" automatically switch when it detects a signal, etc. but I found it's more reliable to just set it to GSM when I was abroad.
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I just want to say that I LOVE my BB-8830! I've had a chance to use the palm and sidekick and treo and the BB is the best by far! My only question is where do you get ringtones! I'm dork and I love to change the ringtones on my phone, and this is the only phone that I've had trouble w/ ringtones. HELP please! THANKS!
it's called "world edition" because its both a cdma phone and a dual band gsm... but still, tehre are a lot of places where it doesn't work because it doesn't have enough gsm bands.
if you absolutely MUST use a cdma carrier then get this phone, otherwise, there are better choices. That being said, the 8830 (and the 8800, duh) both feel very solid and are well build, as to be expected from RIM. the browser is pretty fast and the 1x EVDO works just fine (although seing as this is a GSM site im probably gonna get flamed for that).
If you want a purely business phone, this is a good choice, but dont bother going world edition unless you're hell bent on a cdma carrier.
I am just shopping for one of these Blackberry devices since I am a very faithful Verizon customer and also use GSM when outside US/ May be this is a better phone than the 8300 Curve , Which atleast has more bands and camera.I do Travel a lot and lots of countries have different GSM bands for mobile usage.Has someone already compared the ASUS 525 (which I currently use) to the Blackberry device If so I would appreciate feedback. No doubt blackberry has its service and other devices Either use GPRS or WiFi Connection.
It DOES work in Europe without any problems (it's still a bit expensive to use). Anyway there is no problems with Verizon.
To respond to a previous email from someone "in the industry" from Canada... The phone is NOT a joke! Check with Telus.
I don't see why it will not work in Italy? It has GSM 900 and 1800. Can anyone clear this up?
"World Edition" is a joke. I work in the industry and the GSM requirements to even call it "World phone" requires at least triband. Being here in Canada, Telus sells this and it's a joke. This phone wouldn't work in a lot of EU places, Italy for one. And to call something Worldphone but no 3G? Rofl??
This is for business use, which is why I bought one and it seems to have all the funcionality I will need when on the road to keep me in the loop until I get to my PC...nuff said.
im not too sure about aeystoye but sprint is not the only wireless company advertising and selling this phone. so is verizon, cingular, and t-mobile. which may not turn out to be so great for sprint regarding that so many other wirless companies are already distributing this model.
looks like a good phone though-im getting one with verizon this saturday. (verizon only sells this model in silver though not black)
No camera, No 3G, no WLAN - people will want more. Try to make closer to O2 next time.
To asetoye, I believe the phone isn't available yet, so how can you state you've been using it????
The BB 8830 is the best business phones that I have had the pleasure to use on a daily bases. I have owned PC computer phones, and about every type of phone/PDA on the market over the last 10 years. For a Business person who travels the BB's battery is very long lasting and the volume and respection is outstanding. I give the BB 8830 a 10 on a 1 to 10 scoring.