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    Social usage
    Thanks to their gains in popularity, BlackBerry devices are also used in social scenarios for setting up dates or movie viewing times with friends and acquaintances.


    Operating system
    RIM provides a proprietary operating system (OS) for the BlackBerry, which makes heavy use of the device's specialized input devices, particularly the thumbwheel. The OS provides support for MIDP 1.0 and WAP 1.2. The newer OS 4 and later provides a subset of MIDP 2.0.


    Supporting software
    BlackBerry handheld integration into an organization's e-mail system is provided through a software package called "BlackBerry Enterprise Server" (BES). Versions of BES are available for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and Novell Groupwise.

    Individual users can often use e-mail services provided by the wireless provider and therefore may not be required to install a BES server on their local network, but organizations that have multiple wireless users usually run BES on their own network.

    BES can act as a sort of e-mail relay for corporate accounts so that users always have access to their e-mail. The software monitors the user's local "inbox", and when a new message comes in, it picks up the message and passes it to RIM's Network Operations Center (NOC). The messages are then relayed to the user's wireless provider, which in turn delivers them to the user's BlackBerry device.

    BES also provides handhelds with TCP/IP connectivity that is proxyed through a component called "Mobile Data Service" (MDS). This allows for custom application development using data streams on BlackBerry devices based on the Sun Microsystems J2ME platform.

    In addition, BES provides security, in the form of 3DES or, more recently, AES encryption of all data (both e-mail and MDS traffic) that travels between the BlackBerry handheld and a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

    The universal connectivity of the BES/MDS infrastructure is one of the most valuable aspects of Research In Motion's product. An organization can have devices on different carriers, and connected through different cellular network protocols, all functioning in an integrated fashion.

    Most providers offer flat monthly pricing for unlimited data between BlackBerry units and BES, which also enhances the value of the MDS component. In addition to receiving e-mail, organizations can make intranets or custom internal applications with unmetered traffic.


    Nicknames
    The ability to read e-mail that is received in realtime, anywhere, has made the BlackBerry devices infamously addictive, earning them the nickname "CrackBerry". Smaller blue-coloured models of the BlackBerry are colloquially nicknamed "BlueBerrys". Due to the abbreviated company name displayed prominently on early BlackBerry devices, they are mistakenly nicknamed "RIM".

    Internal to the company, various model families are named for subatomic particles; names used include Proton, Baryon, Quark and Charm, among others.
    Early Models:

    850 small monochrome screen, operates on DataTAC network, e-mail services only
    857 large monochrome screen, operates on DataTAC network, e-mail services only
    950 small monochrome screen, operates on Mobitex network, e-mail services only
    957 large monochrome screen, operates on Mobitex network, e-mail services only
    Java-based Models:

    5790 large 160x160 pixel monochrome screen, operates on 900Mhz Mobitex network, e-mail services only
    5810 large monochrome screen, operates on 1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, phone but headset required
    6210 medium 160x100 pixel monochrome screen, operates on 900/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    6230 medium 160x100 pixel monochrome screen, operates on 900/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone (blue case)
    6280 medium 160x100 pixel monochrome screen, operates on 850/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    6510 medium monochrome screen, operates on iDEN network, integrated phone, integrated two-way radio
    6710 large monochrome screen, operates on 900/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    6750 large monochrome screen, operates on 800/1900Mhz CDMA2000 1xRTT network, integrated phone
    7100 large 240x260 colour screen, operates on 850/900/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone with speakerphone, Bluetooth, aka "Charm"
    7100t T-Mobile version of the 7100
    7100r Rogers version of the 7100
    7100v Vodafone version of the 7100
    7100g Hong Kong/Cingular/AT&T version of the 7100
    7100x O2 version of the 7100
    7210 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on 900/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    7230 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on 900/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    7250 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on 800/1900Mhz CDMA2000 1x network, integrated phone, GPS and bluetooth
    7280 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on 850/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    7290 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on 850/900/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone, Bluetooth
    7510 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on iDEN network, integrated phone with speakerphone, integrated two-way radio
    7520 medium 240x160 pixel colour screen, operates on iDEN network, integrated phone with speakerphone, integrated two-way radio, GPS and bluetooth
    7730 large 240x240 pixel colour screen, operates on 900/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    7750 large 240x240 pixel colour screen, operates on 800/1900Mhz CDMA2000 1x network, integrated phone
    7780 large 240x240 pixel colour screen, operates on 850/1800/1900Mhz GSM/GPRS network, integrated phone
    Phones with BlackBerry e-mail client
    Several ordinary mobile phones have been released featuring the BlackBerry e-mail client which connects to BlackBerry servers. All these phones have full QWERTY keyboards.

    Siemens SK65, Operates on 900/1800/1900MHz GSM network, 132x176 pixel screen
    Nokia 6810 Operates on 900/1800/1900MHz GSM network, 128x128 pixel screen
    Nokia 6820 Operates on 900/1800/1900MHz GSM network, American variant on 850/1800/1900 GSM network, 128x128 pixel screen
    Nokia 9300 Operates on 900/1800/1900MHz GSM network, 128x128 and 640x200 pixel screen
    Sony Ericsson P910 Operates on 900/1800/1900MHz GSM network, American and Chinese variants on 850/1800/1900, 208x320 pixel screen

    Providers
    Many cellular/digital providers offer BlackBerrys.


    North America
    Nextel
    Cingular
    Verizon Wireless
    Sprint
    T-Mobile
    Rogers Communications
    Bell Mobility
    TELUS Mobility

    Europe
    Vodafone
    O2
    Orange

    Australia
    Telstra
    Vodafone

    Africa

    South Africa
    Vodacom

    Asia

    India
    Airtel

    Hong Kong
    Three Hong Kong

    Singapore
    Singtel

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    Re: Blackberry - did you know (simple)

    Internal to the company, various model families are named for subatomic particles; names used include Proton, Baryon, Quark and Charm, among others.

    LMAO That's too funny

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    Re: Blackberry - did you know (simple)

    Thanks for the detailed descriptions. U just helped me identify my BlueBerry 950 which used the Mobitex Network for AOL's Mobile Communicator service.

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    Another device that comes with Blackberry connect " email client" is the Samsung T719 gsm device. But due to its unreliability it wasn't very popular when originally released. Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard it actually was equipped with a Sure type keypad similar to the BLackberry 7100 & 8100 series.

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