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Rumor: BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Rumored to Bring 802.11n Wi-Fi

80211n-logo-certified-not-draft This would be awesome if it turns out to be true. The Boy Genius has a “solid contact” that told him that the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will be rocking Wi-Fi 802.11n. When I first read about it I thought it was no big deal since the BlackBerry processor is what is truly hampering Wi-Fi speeds.

I then thought about it for a bit and it hit me. One of the main features of 802.11n is increased range since it has multiple antennas for MIMO. That could mean that future BlackBerrys especially ones with UMA will benefit from better range. The other upside is that it will allow more users to set their routers to 802.11n only to speed up performance due to the degradation caused by compatibility with 802.11b and 802.11g.

What do you think?

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  1. what do I think? I think “n” is massive overkill for that half keyboard and teeny tiny screen on a Pearl! 😉

    But, yeah, I can see the benefit of being able to turn off a and b and g on my routers and waps.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  2. I think that WiFi on BlackBerry is completely irrelevant until someone produces a browser that is remotely usable. I have daily iPhone/Droid/Google World Domination Phone (I heard this was the code name….) lust whenever I fire up any of the three BB browsers I try to use on my otherwise flawless BB Bold.

  3. What’s the point? Wireless G is 53 meg which is way faster than most internet connections so as has been said before this is overkill.

  4. Increased range for UMA would be a wonderful benefit to having 802.11n available on the Blackberry or other UMA phone.

  5. N would give it a much bigger range.. But i doubt it will benifit in terms of speed since its pretty much limited due to the processor..

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