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January 31, 2008 09:00 ET
Red BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone Lets Verizon Wireless Customers Travel the Globe in Style
BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2008) - Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) and Verizon Wireless -
Whether travels to London, China, Australia, or beyond are on the 2008 travel schedule, Verizon Wireless customers can now add a touch of style to their world travel with their favorite globe-trotting wireless companion: the BlackBerry® 8830 World Edition Smartphone in red. This sophisticated smartphone offers Verizon Wireless customers a powerful global wireless experience in a stylish red finish. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and through Business Sales channels tomorrow.
Perfect for the fashionable world-traveling professional, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red and Verizon Wireless' Global BlackBerry service allow customers to access e-mail and place and receive domestic and international calls in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and parts of Africa. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red features a large high-resolution color display and intuitive trackball navigation to help Verizon Wireless customers easily view e-mails, attachments, videos, and Web sites, and a back-lit QWERTY keyboard that makes it easy to send e-mail responses or instant messages with Mobile IM. The thin, stylish smartphone also offers the following capabilities and features:
- EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 90 countries
- GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling internationally
- Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode
- Built-in navigation to support VZ Navigator(SM) for audible turn-by-turn directions in the U.S.
- Bluetooth® wireless technology support for certain profiles, including stereo (A2DP)
- Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)
- Media player
- Expandable memory storage option with microSD™/SDHC™ card slot (card sold separately)
Global BlackBerry Service from Verizon Wireless
Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless allows customers to use their BlackBerry 8830 smartphones to make and receive calls from more than 185 countries and to send and receive e-mails in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and more than 100 countries worldwide. With Global BlackBerry service, Verizon Wireless customers get the Global Support Pack, which includes a SIM card, a user reference guide, and details on accessing the Global Help Desk for 24-hour customer support, seven days a week. Customers also receive a calling card to make free support calls from any landline phone while traveling outside of the U.S. to technical support if the BlackBerry 8830 is lost, broken or stolen.
Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available online Friday at www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the handset is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase. Verizon Wireless enterprise customers can contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ to purchase the smartphone. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Feb. 8.
With Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, customers get unlimited e-mail in the United States, Canada and more than 90 countries worldwide for $64.99 monthly access with a qualifying voice plan, or for $69.99 monthly access without a voice plan. Customers can add a "Pay As You Go" data feature to any qualifying voice plan for an additional $20 per Megabyte. Customers who want to use the BlackBerry 8830 smartphone for e-mail solely in the U.S. may opt for an unlimited e-mail plan starting at $49.99 monthly access.
For more information on the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone in red (or the original silver color finish) and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/blackberry or www.verizonwireless.com/vzglobal.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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.
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