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BlackBerry 8820 Phone (AT&T)

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Product Description

This BlackBerry is nearly identical to the 8800, but adds Wi-Fi, including UMA with carriers that support it. Other features are the same, including QWERTY keyboard, large display, memory card slot, EDGE data, Bluetooth, music player, and quad-band GSM. Product Description

Adding Wi-Fi connectivity to the popular, slim 8800 design, the BlackBerry 8820 smartphone keeps its predecessor's top flight features: easy-to-use trackball navigation system, internal GPS, and push-to-talk functionality. It also supports AT&T Mobile Music, XM radio, and stereo Bluetooth headset capabilities. And, of course, it offers what you expect from a Blackberry: an easy-to-type QWERTY keyboard, push email with attachment viewing options, and text (SMS and MMS) and instant (IM) messaging capabilities. This quad-band GSM phone is ready to take on the world, and it's compatible with AT&T's EDGE data network for Web browsing and quick downloads.

The powerful and stylish BlackBerry 8820 offers integrated WiFi for increased in-building coverage and fast data connections. See an online demo of all the 8820's features.
Wi-Fi Connectivity
The BlackBerry 8820 supports the 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards to enable data access in the enterprise, as well as through public hotspots and wireless home networks. It works in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service and can seamlessly switch between cellular networks and a Wi-Fi network to allow you to access email, instant messaging, organizer, web browsing and other mobile data applications.

To meet various security requirements, the BlackBerry 8820 is compliant with Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP, WPA and WPA2, as well as Cisco Compatible Extensions for simple, secure connectivity with Cisco wireless solutions. For enterprises that require Wi-Fi users to access the corporate network through a VPN, the BlackBerry 8820 includes IPSec-based software that supports the most commonly deployed VPN gateways from vendors including Cisco, Check Point and others. The BlackBerry 8820 also supports UMA, enabling wireless carriers to offer a fixed-mobile convergence service for both business and home use.

Right out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is the convenient set-up wizard that helps you get to know the BlackBerry 8820 quickly. The time-saving tutorial helps you with the set-up process, walks you through the features and functions, and explains how to personalize settings so you can make your smartphone truly your own.

Design-wise, the BlackBerry 8820 is a nice upgrade from BlackBerry devices of the past. The side trackwheel has been replaced by an even easier to use trackball navigation system located on the top of the keypad. And yes, just like most BlackBerries of the past, you'll still find a full QWERTY keyboard, however, this handheld is thinner and lighter, and the screen is bigger and brighter than ever with its high resolution 320 x 240 LCD full color display. Intelligent light sensing technology automatically optimizes screen lighting levels for indoor and outdoor viewing. The BlackBerry 8820 also features large, dedicated send and end keys for easy call management. Dedicated volume and mute keys are found on the right side of the device so you can quickly make adjustments without having to fumble for the right button, while advanced sound technology that cancels out background noise and echo, helps ensure you can always hear and be heard, is also included. The supported USB connectivity makes file transfers to and from your PC a snap, and you can even use the USB cable and power from your PC to charge your 8820 if a standard electric outlet is not readily available. A removable high-capacity lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the handheld.

The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, but it's been updated with a new look. Under the hood, a powerful 312 MHz processor and 64 MB flash memory combine to deliver a dynamic, highly responsive experience when viewing attachments and graphics, browsing the Web, and running applications. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with an ordinary headset, while the supported Bluetooth 2.0 technology allows compatibility with wireless stereo headsets. The supported microSD card slot on the BlackBerry 8820 means you've got the room you need for all your favorite pictures, music, and videos. Just load up what you need on a microSD card and go.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present, but the BlackBerry 8820 ups the ante with MP3 and polyphonic ringtones. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book (limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory) are also included. And because Voice-Activated Dialing (VAD) is supported on the BlackBerry 8820, you can initiate a call simply by telling your smartphone who you want to speak to. VAD integrates seamlessly with the built-in speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset for hands-free dialing.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The BlackBerry 8820 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With BlackBerry service plans from AT&T, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

Because the BlackBerry 8820 is fast, and because it supports EDGE high-speed data networks, you can take full advantage of enterprise applications that are wirelessly enabled by the BlackBerry platform, such as sales force automation, field service automation, network and systems management, and more.

If your company has a BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can also take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry handheld calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your BlackBerry 8820. Users without BlackBerry Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop Software.

Easy-to-use trackball navigation system.

GPS navigation capabilities.

Enjoy videos and music.
BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) is complimentary with the activation of a AT&T BlackBerry service plan (additional charges apply) and provides customers with the ability to have their personal or work email pushed automatically to their BlackBerry phone from multiple Internet Service Provider (ISP) email accounts. BIS provides automatic wireless synchronization of read, deleted, and sent email from the your BlackBerry phone to their desktop email account. Users with multiple accounts can choose from multiple "sent from" addresses when sending an email. You can also download ringtones and other content via AT&T's popular MEdia Net service or browse the Web using the BlackBerry HTML Browser. Wireless text messaging and multimedia messaging (MMS) are also supported by the BlackBerry 8820.

Among the unique features of the BlackBerry 8820 are AT&T's Push-to-Talk (PTT) service and TeleNav GPS Navigator. AT&T Push-to-Talk boasts the largest push to talk coverage area in America. PTT features on the BlackBerry 8820 include "availability" icons, quick group calling, and the ability to easily convert a PTT session to a regular wireless voice call. Customers can use their BlackBerry 8820 to Push-to-Talk to individual colleagues or friends, or set up groups for broader communication. The PTT button, on the left side of the device, easily facilitates each PTT call (simply press and hold to talk after the chirp and release when finished). In addition, the AT&T service offers such standard PTT features as call waiting, contact alerts, as well as text, picture, and voice messaging to anyone in their contact list. AT&T customers can also take advantage of the TeleNav GPS Navigator software on the BlackBerry 8820. Enjoy real time turn-by-turn audible directions while driving and walking and view colorful 3D moving maps.

The BlackBerry 8820 ships with a number of additional tools, including a calculator with a unit converter and a to-do list. The handheld's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the handheld.

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 8820 weighs 4.73 ounces and measures 4.49 x 2.60 x 0.55 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of digital talk time and up to 24 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies. The phone comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B000UWC3OY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,060 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By I. Alam on November 2, 2007
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I've been with AT&T for the past 5 years and I must say that I've never had a complaint in regards to their coverage in my metropolitan area (VA/DC/MD). I had an Audiovox SMT-5600 for the past two years and thought that it was time to upgrade, especially since I'm out of college and working in a company where Blackberries are utilized.

After some research and testing out the BB 8320 Curve from T-mobile, I decided to stick with AT&T and buy this 8820. I must say that call reception everywhere is superb, in most cases almost like a land line. This edition of Blackberry is really targeted more for business users than the casual consumer - AT&Ts BB 8310 would be a good fit if you seek a more robust offering of Instant Messaging applications.

My main reasoning to get this was emails - personal and work. Even though my company does have a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) that pushes emails out to all BB users, they only reimburse VPs and Directors for the data/email plan. AT&T has several Blackberry service plans. The highest being the BES plan that costs about $45/mth. Since it wasn't super critical to acquire 'push' email for me, I went with their Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) plan that costs $29/mth. This plan permits you to pull email from 10 ISP based email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo and even Hotmail. The good news is that I have found a way around to pull work email, even though I didn't go through their BES plan. All you need for setup is the availability of browser based email access. By this I mean Outlook Web Access (OWA) - you have to have access to a site like "". If you are able to check emails outside of your company through OWA (not VPN), then you will be able to sync with your BIS plan.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tobyus on December 17, 2007
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I've had the Blackberry 8820 now for a few weeks, and I have for the most part been very happy with it. The phone seems to be extremely well made, has a great keyboard and lots of features. The keyboard is easy to use. I type 3 paragraph e-mails easily with it, and it has a spell-checker that automatically fixes common capitalization problems and spelling mistakes, as well as prompting you about misspelled words when you start to send an e-mail.

As far as features go, these were the ones what pushed me towards this phone:
1) GPS: (not just aGPS, this is a fully functioning GPS device that when paired with free apps like aMaze, Google Maps, Blackberry maps allow you to see where you are, where you are going, how fast you are moving, and even give you voice-guided turn-by-turn directions).

2) Wi-Fi: If you have a wireless router or are near a hotspot, you can set up a connection profile and from then on you will be able to browse the internet at much quicker speeds. This is more noticeable when using Opera Mini than when using the built-in browser, since the BB browser works through a proxy that filters and converts the web pages for best viewing on a mobile phone, while Opera Mini displays the page as close to what you would see on a desktop as you can expect from a mobile phone.

3) Multimedia capabilities: The music player works about as well as I expected, and will keep playing while you go to other apps and do other things, which is a nice bonus. The video playing capabilities are a little limited in that you have to download the videos to the phone before you can play them, no streaming as far as I can tell. The picture viewer is great, I have replaced my photos in my wallet with my huge album on my phone!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Dougherty on April 9, 2008
I used the Blackberry 8820 ("BB8820") for about the past month before replacing it with a Moto Q 9h.

The phone is definitely very solid and user-friendly, however, I am moving to an area with 3G speeds, and I could not stand the idea of having 3G all around me through the duration of a 2 year contract with limited EDGE speeds. This is a personal preference, but I will explain more below.

The BB8820 is very nicely tweaked for EDGE. This is great for people who live in areas that have EDGE only -- I live in one now, and the phone worked really well on the EDGE network to download e-mail and browse the web. It isn't lightening-fast, but it's a Smart phone on a wireless network, not a desktop with a dedicated T1. However, because the BB8820 is so well tweaked for EDGE, when you use the Wi-Fi capabilities, the device nowhere near uses the full download/upload capabilities offered by wireless high-speed. In fact, I found basically no noticeable difference when I was on Wi-Fi from when I was on EDGE in browsing the internet and non-email functions. With email, on Wi-Fi, you get the message sometimes faster than they'll arrive on your wifi-connected laptop's in box. Pretty slick, but not good enough for me given the surrounding circumstances. Also, the Moto Q9h, while on EDGE only, will get new e-mail messages much faster than the BB8820 -- literally, the BB8820 would take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes after my laptop to pickup a new email when on EDGE only, where the Q 9h will get it within 30 seconds. It's a huge difference.

The BB8820's interface is nice. It's easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to learn. The track-ball is well made and functions well for the most part.
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