RIM, the makers of the highly addictive Blackberry device has gone 3G. The company today launched 8707, a version of its very popular 8700 series device in Ireland that runs on Vodafone’s UMTS Network. RIM claims it can be used as a broadband modem that can be connected to the laptops.
RIM needed to make this move since a whole slew of new devices that utilize the 3G networks are hitting the stores in Europe. One challenger is Nokia E61 which frankly is one of the best since it can do plain vanilla email, Exchange Mail (without blackberry) and Blackberry EMail. (In fact, I ended up buying one on my London trip.) It also is 3G ready and has WiFi. 8707 seems to be a pretty good device, and can help fight off the new 3G ready challengers.