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Gear: Phone for Directions

For its next trick, the new BlackBerry 8800 will find cheap gas for your car.
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This spring's new BlackBerry (NASDAQ:RIMM), the 8800, is not just the Pearl's big brother. In addition to the 8800's larger display and alluring full QWERTY keyboard (no more SureType guessing games), it houses a powerful tool: a full-fledged GPS navigator. Fire up the TeleNav application, enter an address--or pull one straight from your contact list--and within seconds the 8800 calculates your route. It offers both a street map and spoken turn-by-turn directions. Don't have the exact address? Use the Biz Finder feature for a little local search action. It also lists nearby Wi-Fi hot spots and parking lots. The TeleNav service costs $10 a month, which is reasonable when you consider that a good standalone GPS device could run you about $500.

$299, cingular.com (NYSE:T)

Last updated: May 1, 2007




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