Orange France and Research In Motion (RIM) announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8700f in France, the first BlackBerry handheld that is compatible with Orange's EDGE network.
The BlackBerry 8700f from Orange leverages the advantages of Orange's high-speed mobile network, the newly optimized BlackBerry handheld platform, as well as a powerful Intel processor to provide exceptional performance for features such as email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications.
The BlackBerry 8700f is expected to be available for Orange's enterprise customers in France on December 15th, 2005,with retail availability planned for January. It will be available in other Orange markets across Europe in a phased rollout during 2006.
The new BlackBerry 8700f from Orange is equipped with a powerful Intel PXA901 processor that incorporates the latest technological advances in wireless communications and features 64 MB of flash memory and 16 MB of SRAM. As a result, users experience significantly faster Web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing as well as larger application and data storage.
The BlackBerry 8700f is also a quad-band device that will function on Orange's GSM/GPRS/EDGE network. It incorporates high-end phone features such as dedicated 'end,' 'send' and 'mute' keys, as well as call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and automatic call forwarding. The BlackBerry 8700f also includes Bluetooth technology and an integrated speaker phone for hands-free use.
Users will be impressed by the high resolution landscape QVGA (320 x 240) LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colours and uses active matrix transmissive technology to deliver vivid graphics. The BlackBerry 8700f also features intelligent light auto-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the brightness of the LCD and the keyboard to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.