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BlackBerry 8820

Jul 17, 2007
Market status

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T, T-Mobile


No pros


  • No rear camera
  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (EDGE)
  • Single-core processor
  • Low resolution display (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera




The 8820 uses the 8800-series platform and adds WiFi for UMA functionality, making the phone dual-mode. It can transmit the call either through GSM or through WiFi. Otherwise identical to the 8800, it is quad-band GSM/EDGE BlackBerry with GPS, landscape QVGA display and full QWERTY keyboard.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry (4.5.x)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.48 x 2.59 x 0.55 inches (114 x 66 x 14 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.72 oz (134 g)
      the average is 5.1 oz (146 g)
  • Design features:
    • Full keyboard
  • Keys:
    • Left: Other; Right: Volume control


  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 240 pixels
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 65 536


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 312 MHz
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.064 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC


  • Talk time:
    • 5.00 hours
      the average is 13 h (796 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 22.0 days (528 hours)
      the average is 17 days (419 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1400 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion


  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, WMV

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • BlackBerry Browser


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS

Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Calculator, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Serial Port (SPP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g
  • USB:
      • Yes
  • Headphones connector:
    • 2.5mm
  • Other:
    • UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, Push-to-Talk

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 06 Jul 2007
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

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  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.16 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.50 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz


  • Officially announced:
    • 17 Jul 2007
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