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Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM; TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® 8820 smartphone. ... Smartphone News forum

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    8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

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    Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM; TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® 8820 smartphone. Featuring RIM's thinnest smartphone design with a full and highly tactile QWERTY* keyboard, large and bright display (320 x 240), user-friendly trackball navigation system and best-in-class voice and data functionality, the BlackBerry 8820 also includes built-in GPS (Global Positioning System), RIM's latest media player enhancements, and a microSD / microSDHC (microSD High Capacity) expandable memory slot that can support current and future generations of microSD memory cards up to 32GB. The BlackBerry 8820 is the first dual-mode BlackBerry handset, combining EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and Wi-Fi® connectivity for data access and voice support through UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service offerings from various wireless carriers around the world.

    "The BlackBerry 8820 is an extraordinary business phone for people who really care about mobile communications and productivity. It features all the renowned power and usability of the BlackBerry platform with executive class styling and unprecedented connectivity features, including cellular, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "The BlackBerry 8820 complements our carrier partners' cellular networks with the added ability to stay connected via Wi-Fi at home, through hotspots and corporate campuses."

    Wi-Fi Connectivity
    The BlackBerry 8820 smartphone supports the 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards to enable data access over Wi-Fi connections in the enterprise, as well as through public hotspots and wireless home networks. The smartphone works in conjunction with both BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service and can seamlessly switch between cellular networks and a Wi-Fi network to allow users to access email, Instant Messaging, organizer, web browsing and other mobile data applications.

    To meet various security requirements, the BlackBerry 8820 is compliant with Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP (Wireless Equivalency Protocol), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2, as well as Cisco Compatible Extensions for simple, secure connectivity with Cisco wireless solutions. For enterprises that require Wi-Fi users to access the corporate network through a VPN (Virtual Private Network), the BlackBerry 8820 includes IPSec-based software that supports the most commonly deployed VPN gateways from vendors including Cisco, Check Point and others.

    The BlackBerry 8820 also supports UMA, enabling wireless carriers to offer a fixed-mobile convergence service for both business and home use. With a UMA solution in place, the BlackBerry 8820 can also seamlessly switch voice calls between a wireless carrier's cellular network and a Wi-Fi network.

    The BlackBerry 8820 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled smartphone that provides global wireless voice and data capabilities with best-in-class performance. The BlackBerry 8820 features include:

    • World Class Phone – The BlackBerry 8820 is a world-class mobile phone with advanced noise cancellation for enhanced audio performance and easy-to-use phone features including Speaker Independent Voice Recognition for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call forwarding, as well as dedicated "send", "end" and "mute" keys. It features a high quality, low-distortion speakerphone and Bluetooth® 2.0 for use with hands-free headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals. Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ringtones is also included.

    • Built-in GPS – Through its built-in GPS, the BlackBerry 8820 can pinpoint its location and provide "out-of-the-box" support for a wide variety of location-based applications and services, including BlackBerry® Maps.

    • microSD / microSDHC Expansion Memory – The BlackBerry 8820 includes a microSD expansion memory slot that can support both microSD (up to 2GB) and microSDHC (4GB to 32GB) memory cards. 4GB memory cards are available today, and 8GB cards are expected to be available later this year.

    • BlackBerry Services – The BlackBerry 8820 can operate with BlackBerry Internet Service, giving users the ability to manage up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enabling advanced security and IT administration features within IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments.

    • Application Support – The BlackBerry wireless platform gives customers the capability to deploy a variety of applications. Thousands of applications and business solutions from third party software providers can further extend the BlackBerry platform to support business needs such as CRM, sales force automation, field services, business intelligence, supply chain management and continuity of operations, as well as a broad range of industry-specific applications for sectors including health care, law enforcement, government, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, professional services, real estate, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

    • Multimedia – The BlackBerry 8820 supports the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP) and comes with the most recent BlackBerry media player refinements, allowing users to play music and search by simply typing the title, genre, artist or album name. Videos can also be played in full screen mode. The BlackBerry 8820 comes with a new and powerful desktop media manager – the Roxio® Media Manager for BlackBerry® – which was developed with Sonic® and based on the award-winning Roxio Easy Media Creator® 9. The desktop media manager software introduces a new level of simplicity by allowing users to easily search for media files on their computer, view and organize them, create MP3 music files from CDs, add audio tags, create playlists and automatically copy or convert pictures, music and videos for optimal playback on the smartphone.

    • 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.

    • Accessories – The BlackBerry 8820 comes with a complement of accessories in the box, including a headset, travel charger, USB cable and holster. Additional Authentic BlackBerry Accessories, including premium leather holsters and totes, desktop and automotive chargers, Bluetooth® headsets and other peripherals, are available online at www.shopblackberry.com.

    For more information about the BlackBerry 8820, please visit: www.blackberry8820.com.
    The BlackBerry 8820 will be available from select wireless carriers around the world in the coming weeks. AT&T is scheduled to launch the BlackBerry 8820 in the U.S. later this summer.

    * Keyboard also available in AZERTY and QWERTZ configurations to support different language groups.

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    Re: Blackberry 8820 - AT&T Release Notice

    Dude that is freaking sweet zipped, thanks
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    Re: Blackberry 8820 - AT&T Release Notice

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com) Read the article from the link to Washington Post. Sounds to me like a iphone geek. Also don't think this guy did his research to well! See if you can pick out his mistake.

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    Re: Blackberry 8820 - AT&T Release Notice

    Quote Originally Posted by ehadden
    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com) Read the article from the link to Washington Post. Sounds to me like a iphone geek. Also don't think this guy did his research to well! See if you can pick out his mistake.
    Ok I give up!!!!
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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Very nice, but I wish they changed the keyboard.

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Would be nice if it had a camera!

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Yes yes yes. Does anybody know the dimensions. I know its thinner than the pearl but it is larger or heavier? Anyways, it covers what most users are asking 4

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Will they release a CDMA version? I want wi-fi!

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Why can't they PUT A CAMERA IN IT too?! GPS is wonderful, don't get me wrong. But usually I just need to figure out HOW to get where I want to be, NOT where I am already AT! I mean seriously, when's the last time you had no idea where you were already at? You can always look at a map to see how to get to where you want to be assuming you know where you ARE already.... GIVE US A CAMERA!
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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Quote Originally Posted by gkg3059
    Yes yes yes. Does anybody know the dimensions. I know its thinner than the pearl but it is larger or heavier? Anyways, it covers what most users are asking 4
    Here is a list of specs form eu.blackberry.com
    Specifications

    Features Available
    • Wireless email
    • Organiser
    • Browser
    • Phone
    • BlackBerry® Maps
    • Multi-media player
    • Corporate data access 1
    • SMS
    • MMS 1
    • GPS
    Size and Weight
    • 114mm (Length)
    • 66mm (Width)
    • 14mm (Depth)
    • 134g (Weight)
    Data Input/Navigation
    • Trackball
    • 35-key QWERTY (Keyboard)
    • Keyboard backlighting
    Voice Input/Output
    • Stereo headset capable
    • Headset jack
    • Integrated earpiece/ microphone
    • Built-in speakerphone
    • Bluetooth v2.0; headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)
    Display
    • Font size (user selectable)
    • Colour display
    • Backlighting
    • Light sensing screen
    Notification
    • Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones
    • Vibrate mode
    • LED indicator
    • MP3 ringtones
    Battery Type
    • 1400 mAhr (Removable/ rechargeable lithium cell)
    Approximate Battery Life
    • 528 hours or 22 days (Standby time)
    • 300 minutes or 5 hours (Talk time)
    Memory
    • Expandable memory – support for microSD card 2
    • 64 MB (Flash memory)
    Modem
    • RIM® wireless modem
    • Tethered modem capability 1
    Email Integrations
    • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
    • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
    • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
    • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
    • Integrates with existing personal email account
    • Integrates with new device account
    Accessories Included
    • USB cable
    • Wall charger
    Device Security
    • Password protection and keyboard lock
    • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 3
    • Optional support for S/MIME
    Wireless Network
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g 4
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11a 4
    • North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
    • Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
    • Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
    • North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
    • EDGE networks 1

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    One more thing.......Orange France is asking 159 euros which is about $219 US. However i can't read french, so i don't know how long you have to sign up for to get that price.

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    only if it had a different keypad... i got an idea, take the 8300 keypad or 7290 and put it on this guy

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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    i cannot see a phone with all applications, camera, qwerty, video, size, weight, color...etc untill we get programmed - I cannot live without being connected
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    Re: 8820 First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi Blackberry

    Why don't they just add a camera to the 8820!!

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