In what had to have been the most predicted announcement of the year, Research in Motion announced BlackBerry with WiFi yesterday. This RIM BlackBerry 8820 is essentially a BlackBerry 8800 with WiFi added. In WiFi mode, users will have access to all BlackBerry Enterprise Server features, or BlackBerry Internet Server features. Unlike the iPhone, this is more than just WiFi data. The release states that support for UMA will allow FMC applications to be built and deployed by carriers as well. Let's hope that RIM reaches out to third parties like Gizmo Project and Truphone and permits them also to integrate with the 8820.
And in what has to a poke-in-the-eye for Apple, the RIM press release notably calls out this feature:
Removable Battery – The BlackBerry 8820 comes with an ultra-thin, high-capacity, removable battery that further extends the exceptional battery life for which BlackBerry handsets are known.
Available from AT&T and other carriers this summer.