Verizon and Sprint have announced the launch of the 8830 Blackberry which has funtionality across the pond.  I think this is a fantastic development and great for consumers of these companies who will now have the opportunity to take their gadgets abroad.

Because GSM is the dominant standard overseas, you were out of luck with Verizon and Sprint because they utilize CDMA technology.  The playing field has been leveled because this blackberry is eqipped with CDMA/GSM functionality.  Although they will offer the same device, the plans they are offering are quite different with a key distinction being Sprint’s decision to unlock the handset overseas.  Once you switch sim cards for the local number you will enjoy cheaper (voice) rates but lose your data connection.