The BlackBerry 8820  (Source: RIM)
Blackberry to go online with Wi-Fi connectivity

The iPhone 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 8820 smartphone.

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 network.

"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.

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