may be hot, but it’s the new kid on the block when it comes to being a
smartphone. Research In Motion (RIM), creators of the Blackberry, certainly
know the does-it-all phone business, and have announced the new BlackBerry
Featuring RIM's thinnest design with a QWERTY keyboard, bright
320 x 240 display and trackball navigation system, the BlackBerry 8820 also
includes built-in GPS, media player enhancements, and a microSD / microSDHC expandable
memory slot that can support up to 32GB.
The BlackBerry 8820 is also the first dual-mode handset from
RIM, 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. 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
"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."
The BlackBerry 8820 is scheduled to launch in the U.S. on AT&T
later this summer.