Vodafone and RIM Introduce Two New BlackBerry Handsets
BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130v help Australians take the inbox and business applications out of the office
August 2, 2006, Sydney, Australia and Waterloo, ON - Vodafone Australia and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) have launched two new BlackBerry® handsets – the BlackBerry 8707v™ and the BlackBerry 7130v™.
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(1). 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.
“Mobile access to email and business information is becoming a prerequisite for competing and winning business and making the most of every opportunity,” said Edward Goff, General Manager Business Markets at Vodafone Australia.
“The launch of the two new BlackBerry handsets reinforces Vodafone’s over-arching vision of delivering true mobility to Australian businesses and their employees,” said Goff. “Both the BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130v give users greater control and flexibility over the way they communicate and do business.”
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(2). 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™ 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™ 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(3).
Vodafone Group Plc is a leading mobile communications company. Vodafone Group has ownership interests in 26 countries, and partner networks in a further 33 countries - leaving an unmatched network footprint. The company provides quality services to 3.51 million Australian customers and has more than 170.6 million proportionate customers worldwide.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
(1)Check with service provider for availability, roaming arrangements and service plans.
(2) Vodafone 3G services are available with a 3G handset within 3G coverage areas in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and are subject to network availability.
(3) Please refer to www.blackberry.com/go/express for more details.
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