The BlackBerry 8703e smartphone operates on the latest high-speed wireless networks, keeping you fully connected while on the go. Compatible with EV-DO high-speed broadband network, the 8703e delivers a rich wireless experience whether you're waiting out an airport layover or carpooling to work, with fast e-mail, application, and browser speeds. At the same time, you can connect your laptop or PC to the Internet using the 8703e as a tethered modem, so you don't even need to carry a wireless PC card. In short, there's no better way to stay connected.
The BlackBerry 8703e isn't huge, but it's also not quite as compact as some of BlackBerry's other recent offerings, such as the Pearl. One of the main reasons is that BlackBerry added a full QWERTY keyboard to the 8703e, letting you easily type e-mails and text messages without having to peck the same key several times to input each letter. The dedicated Send, End, and Mute keys, meanwhile, team up with the thumb-operated trackwheel and user-definable convenience keys to make the 8703e easier to navigate than ever. And users will love the bright high-resolution screen, which optimizes lighting levels to offer ideal viewing indoors or out.
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the BlackBerry 8703e. The handset's speakerphone makes it easy to use the device hands-free, or if you prefer, you can use a wireless headset via the phone's built-in Bluetooth capability. The phone also offers a vibrating alert, a speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that's limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory. And thanks to the phone's speaker-independent voice dialing function, you can call contacts with the sound of your voice. No prior voice training is required; simply say a contact's name and the phone will dial the number.
Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The 8703e offers the legendary BlackBerry e-mail experience. With BlackBerry service plans from Alltel, you can receive e-mails instantaneously from up to 10 e-mail accounts (personal and enterprise). BlackBerry's push technology also makes it easier than ever to receive your e-mails. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and stay continuously connected to your wireless network. As a result, you don't have to retrieve your e-mails manually, but instead are discreetly notified by the 8703e each time a new e-mail arrives. The unit also offers built-in support for viewing e-mail attachments in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats. Plus, the phone's Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) support lets you combine text and images within a single message, making it easy to caption photos and make amusing comments.
For larger corporate and government organizations, the BlackBerry 8703e works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to provide users and IT managers with a host of additional features. Among the options are secure access to Internet- and intranet-based applications, single mailbox integration, wireless synchronization with corporate PIM tools, and remote address book lookup. And unlike with traditional mobile phones, the 8703e series incorporates advanced security features to satisfy strict IT requirements. Other enterprise features include the ability to receive proactive wireless notifications and alerts from executive reporting systems, the capacity to wirelessly access service histories and product bullets, and the ability to initiate a spontaneous conference call using the built-in speakerphone.
Other features include support for assignable polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, GPS support, M4 and T4 ratings for hearing aids.
The BlackBerry 8703e measures 2.7 by 4.3 by 0.8 inches (W x H x D), weighs 4.7 ounces, and includes a lithium cell battery that lasts for up to 3.3 hours of talk time and eight days of standby