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T-Mobile USA Launches the Performance-Driven BlackBerry 8800
Bellevue, Wash. and Waterloo, ON - T-Mobile USA, Inc and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® 8800, a slim, performance-driven handset aimed at users who want a phone with both power and style. The BlackBerry 8800 allows users to stay connected and productive while on the go.
The BlackBerry 8800 complements the popularity of the BlackBerry® Pearl(TM), providing customers with a proven mobile experience in a slim design with a full QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry 8800 includes support for up to 10 work and personal e-mail accounts (including the most popular ISP e-mail accounts), a built-in multimedia player for music and video, and full HTML web browsing. Premium features also are included such as Bluetooth® 2.0 support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals, RIM's user-friendly trackball navigation system, noise cancellation for enhanced audio performance, and a microSD expandable memory slot for storage.
Operating on T-Mobile's EDGE network, the quad-band BlackBerry 8800 offers T-Mobile's myFaves* experience to easily stay in touch with those who matter most, and incorporates built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) to support location-based applications. BlackBerry Maps is included, which provides on-screen driving directions with the ability to track the route via the GPS, and also makes it easy for customers to generate a map directly from their BlackBerry Address Book.
"The BlackBerry 8800 delivers best-in-class technology in a thin and stylish design," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "Combined with T-Mobile's nationwide network, the BlackBerry 8800 delivers exceptional functionality, usability and battery life to provide an uncompromising mobile solution."
"T-Mobile is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience with our innovative products and services," said Jeff Hopper, Vice President of Marketing, T-Mobile USA. "The BlackBerry 8800 complements the highly successful BlackBerry Pearl with a powerful range of tools and capabilities that lets our customers stay connected, in business and personal environments, with those that matter most."
The BlackBerry 8800 from T-Mobile USA features:
A large screen with ultra-bright 320 x 240 color display
Dimensions: 4.49 x 2.60 x 0.55 inches and 4.73 oz
Expandable memory via microSD expansion slot
Instant messaging clients: AOL®, Yahoo!® MSN® and ICQ®
Multimedia player with music and audio capabilities
High performance HTML browser for visiting your favorite web sites**
Highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard
Intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball
Intuitive call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, and call forwarding
Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated 'send', 'end', and 'mute' keys, speakerphone, and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals
Quad-band GSM/GPRS (800/900/1800/1900) and EDGE network support for international roaming
Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones
BlackBerry® Internet Service - allows access to up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support - integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell GroupWise® environments and features a new set of IT policy controls for managing the handset's features and usage.
The BlackBerry 8800 from T-Mobile USA will be available beginning Monday, April 23 through select channels, including www.t-mobile.com or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com or www.blackberry8800.com.
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(TM) 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.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is a member of the T-Mobile International group, one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications, and the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. At the end of December 2006, more than 106 million mobile customers were served by companies of the Deutsche Telekom group - 25 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most successful digital wireless standard. T-Mobile's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect effortlessly to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile highest, in numerous regions throughout the U.S., in wireless call quality and wireless customer care. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile® is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. Stick together is a service mark of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
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