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EV-DO BlackBerry 7130e now available from Verizon

Itching for some 3G goodness? Your prayers have been answered: Verizon Wireless is now carrying the brand spankin’ new BlackBerry 7130e. The Research In Motion (RIM) developed mobile device allows you to take advantage of Verizon’s Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect service, a 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network.

The BlackBerry 7130e can act as a modem using that service, downloading large files at speeds averaging 400 to 700 kbps. BroadbandAccess Connect is a $15 add-on each month to any Verizon Wireless BlackBerry voice and unlimited data plan (which start at $79.99), or a $30 option to any BlackBerry data-only plan (which start at $49.99).

This CDMA BlackBerry features a high resolution LCD screen, Bluetooth connectivity, 64MB of internal flash memory, polyphonic ringtones, RIM’s SureType keyboard technology, “excellent battery life,” and of course, SMS/MMS support.

“The BlackBerry 7130e together with Verizon Wireless’ fast EV-DO network is a powerful tool for mobile professionals who want the power and productivity benefits of BlackBerry in a sophisticated mobile phone design,” said Don Morrison, chief operating officer at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 7130e is an excellent choice for customers looking to upgrade their existing phone with a more powerful handset that combines a full featured phone with industry-leading wireless e-mail and data applications.”

You can pick up this little goodie online today, but if you can wait just a wee bit longer, the BlackBerry 7130e will hit Circuit City and Verizon Wireless Communication stores on December 1. It’ll go for $299.99 if you lock yourself in for two years.

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