But the Wi-Fi is an interesting new development for Big V, which has inexplicably kept Wi-Fi out of some high-end handsets like the BlackBerry Storm and Tour. What's even weirder is that Verizon was just fine having Wi-Fi in less popular handsets like the Samsung Omnia.
The mobile carriers get a lot of guff for doing things to protect their businesses. For example, Apple recently pulled a Google Voice app at the reported request of AT&T because it could let customers get around being charged for text messages. If this is how it went down, then I understand the rationale because these are public companies with a legal obligation to maximize profits. I don't have to like it, but I get it.
What boggles my mind is that Verizon already requires data packages for its BlacKBerry smartphones, so users wouldn't be using Wi-Fi to get around this. The other CDMA network, Sprint, has also been pretty silly with its lack of Wi-Fi for some phones, but hopefully both are changing their strategy around this.
No official word on when or how much this will cost, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it within a few months. When you factor this one, the Tour, and the sequel to the Storm, Verizon is going to have a very nice lineup of BlackBerry smartphones. Also, don't be surprised if RIM has a surprise up its sleeves later this year with a touch-screen handset that has the familiar BlackBerry form factor (keyboard and all).