RIMM (RIMM) Goes Wi-Fi

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The new RIMM (RIMM) Blackberries, called the 8310, 8820, and Pearl 2, will have Wi-Fi capability and will be able to switch back and forth between the wireless standard and EDGE .

As The Inquirer points out, consumers are unlikly to use the Pearl 2 in place of an Apple (AAPL) iPhone. But the new RIMM device is much less expensive.

More important to the company is to keep the iPhone out of the business market, which is RIMM’s core market. Adopting Wi-Fi and GPS in the new devices along with the standard best-of-breed e-mail capabilities should do that.

Douglas A. McIntyre