Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) announced today a new suite of BlackBerry handhelds operating on Cingular's nationwide GSM/GPRS network.
Cingular's new flagship GPRS data devices are the monochrome BlackBerry 6280(TM) and color BlackBerry 7280(TM) handhelds. The BlackBerry 6280 and BlackBerry 7280 are tri-band (850,1900,1800 MHz) handhelds that integrate phone, email and data access to allow customers to take full advantage of Cingular's GSM/GPRS network and manage all of their information and communications with a single device.
The BlackBerry 6280 and BlackBerry 7280 combine phone, email, SMS, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single handheld. The handhelds also feature cradle-free wireless email synchronization, integrated attachment viewing (including support for popular file formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF and ASCII) and remote address look up. The BlackBerry 6280 and BlackBerry 7280 operate on Cingular's 850/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS network in the United States and support international roaming on 1800 MHz networks.
For customers who want a full color handheld, the Java(TM)-based BlackBerry 7280 features a new high-resolution screen that displays crisp images with support for over 65,000 colors, while continuing to offer superior battery life for optimal wireless performance.
The new BlackBerry handhelds are available through Cingular as part of the Cingular Xpress Mail(TM) with BlackBerry service. The BlackBerry 6280 and BlackBerry 7280 work with BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software that supports both Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino(TM) environments.
Both products also support BlackBerry Web Client(TM), a web-based interface that can provide smaller companies and individuals with access to multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts from a single BlackBerry handheld (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) without requiring server software. Cingular customers who sign up for XpressMail with BlackBerry service also receive monthly Internet access at no additional charge. Pricing for the BlackBerry 6280 starts at $249. Pricing for the BlackBerry 7280 starts at $299. Cingular data rate plans start as low as $29.99 per month for 3 MB of data.
Business customers who need installation, maintenance and technical support for their BlackBerry handhelds and services, or who want to deploy customized wireless data solutions on BlackBerry handhelds, can get expert support from Cingular's Professional Services. Cingular's team of wireless experts can manage any stage of a project from pre-sale engineering, to installation, testing and configuration, to end user training and ongoing help desk support. Cingular has more than 10 years experience supporting enterprise customers with data applications and has been selling and supporting the BlackBerry platform since 1999, making Cingular the longest standing U.S. BlackBerry carrier in the business