A BlackBerry is a handheld device that is primarily designed for email communication, although it does have other functions. Created by Reasearch In Motion (RIM), the BlackBerry connects to wireless networks and allows users to email and browse the net. Recent models also have phone capabilities.

          The BlackBerry handheld device has now evolved in such a way that the difference between it and other PDAs is depleting, with features that were not found in earlier versions. The demarcation line has finally become so blurred between it and the other PDAs that it is all seemingly boiling down to a mere matter of brand. Here is what you can do with a BlackBerry

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BlackBerry's Basic Functions

  • Email:This is the primary reason d'etre of the BlackBerry. For email, you need to subscribe to data plans whose price can be unlimited or traffic-based.
  • Phone:Like with cell phones, a service is required, which can be call-based or unlimited. Now that VoIP has come to the BlackBerry, phone calls are becoming more interesting and cheap. We see VoIP on BlackBerry below.
  • Browsing:A BlackBerry has an integrated browser for Web surf. Here again, data service is required.
  • Camera and Video Recording:Some models come with a 2.0 megapixel camera.
  • Social Networking and Instant Messaging:The camera and video recording allows capturing and sending photos and other multimedia files to social contacts online through networks like Facebook; along and reading and posting messages.
  • GPS:Global Positioning System allows you to use your device for geographical tracking and locations, based on satellites.
  • Organizer Tools:The BlackBerry carries handy tools like a calendar, calculator, address book, memo pad etc.
  • Connectivity: To get up with email and voice, you need data and voice plans. BlackBerry offers plans from other service providers like At&T, Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon for the US. Rates range from $10 to $30 a month. BlackBerry smartphones are also available in other parts of the world, with many data and voice service providers.
  • BlackBerry and VoIP:VoIP is the way to free or very cheap local and international calls on BlackBerry, but the BlackBerry-VoIP relationship is still in its early days at the time I am writing this.