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RIM intros two new BlackBerry handsets in Australia
Posted: 02-Aug-2006 [Source: RIM]

[Vodafone Australia and RIM announce the launch of the BlackBerry 8707v and the BlackBerry 7130v supporting push email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications plus a high-res LCD screen incorporating intelligent light sensing technology.]

Vodafone Australia and Research In Motion (RIM) have launched two new BlackBerry handsets - the BlackBerry 8707v(TM) and the BlackBerry 7130v(TM).

The BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130v support push email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications. Both handsets feature a high-resolution LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colors and incorporates intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to provide an optimized view indoors, outdoors and in dark environments.

Featuring a full 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry 8707v is the first UMTS-enabled BlackBerry handset that can take advantage of Vodafone's mobile broadband network and supports roaming internationally. The handset also supports 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS (quad band) networks. In addition, the BlackBerry 8707v allows customers to surf the Internet, send and receive emails or use other mobile applications while simultaneously speaking on the phone. The BlackBerry 8707v can also be used as a tethered modem to enable users to access the Internet from their laptop computers.

Edward Goff continues: "The BlackBerry 8707v also offers customers the ability to keep laptops connected to Vodafone's mobile broadband network, which is now available in most Australian capital cities. The dashboard software, which supports the mobile broadband modem capability, is scheduled for launch around September".

"The BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130v are ideal for customers looking for superior messaging and browsing capabilities as well as premium phone features in a single handset," said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. "We are very pleased to be working with Vodafone to bring these innovative handsets to customers in Australia."

The BlackBerry 7130v incorporates RIM's SureType(TM) keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with QWERTY keyboard to allow a narrower design and enable users to quickly and accurately type messages and dial phone numbers.

Both the BlackBerry 8707v and the BlackBerry 7130v are supported by all BlackBerry software and services including the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) Express, which allows users to benefit from the same enterprise-level security, reliability, features and functionality of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 in a simple and effective solution. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is available now as a free download (www.blackberry.com/go/express) to customers who purchase a new BlackBerry handset from Vodafone.

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