Memo to BlackBerry-Maker RIM: How to Steal Back the Apple iPhone Spotlight

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or both. Just last week, Lazaridis released a bit more information by telling FT.com that he's currently using an as-of-yet-unreleased—or even announced—BlackBerry that runs on 3.5G, High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA) wireless networks. His remark was significant because it suggests that a next-generation BlackBerry is close-enough to release that it's being used "in the wild" by one of RIM's top execs.

As I said earlier, you've got to give credit where credit is due, and Lazaridis's decision to mention the 3.5G BlackBerry was a step in the right direction. It certainly caught my attention and got me speculating—and writing--that the device could be released, or at least unveiled, at or before RIM's upcoming Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) in May. (RIM also recently released the first Pearl with Wi-Fi.)

So keep it up, RIM. Drop us some more information on that new "very fast" BlackBerry. Is it part of the 9000 series? Does it have a touch screen, or will any of its siblings? When can we expect it? I'm dying to know, and so are all the other smartphone users out there who just can't seem to escape iPhone coverage -- but haven't heard more than a peep from you in months.

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