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Wireless Developer Network Reviews RIM 957 Pager

Wireless Developer Network has just published a good review of the Research in Motion Blackberry 957 Pager / Personal Digital Assistant. CTDATA is quite interested in the 957 because we use both Blackberry 950 pagers and Palm PDAs. Therefore, the 957 represents an opportunity to converge two handheld devices into one.

The big question about the new Blackberry is whether it works well enough to justify giving up our Palm devices. Some of us use third party applications that only run on the Palm platform, so we could not totally give up the Palm platform. For others, wireless e-mail is much more important than the large library of third party apps that the Palm platform provides.

Another question about the newer Blackberry pagers is, do they presume that the user is channeling all of his e-mail through the Blackberry pager, or is the pager smart enough to allow its user to use the Blackberry as:

  • a wireless instant messaging client or
  • a short messaging service client on steroids.

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