Orange UK pops out BlackBerry 8820 first

July 25, 2007 | By | Add a Comment
BlackBerry 8820

It seems that AT&T in the United States won't be the first to squeeze out RIM's new Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry 8820. UK carrier Orange has just announced the launched of this hot new BlackBerry device. While AT&T should be seeing the device soon, Orange is the first carrier to offer it. In case your not familiar with the 8820 it packs the 8800's classic thin design with full QWERTY keyboard, GPS, trackball navigation, voice dailing and of course microSD/microSDHC memory card slot.

RIM and Orange Introduce the BlackBerry 8820 Smartphone to the UK

The First Dual-Mode Cellular and Wi-Fi BlackBerry Smartphone

WATERLOO, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM; TSX:RIM) and Orange UK today introduced the BlackBerry® 8820 smartphone to the UK market., The new smartphone features RIM's thinnest handset design with a full and  highly tactile QWERTY* keyboard, large ultra bright landscape display, user-friendly trackball navigation system and best-in-class voice and data functionality. The BlackBerry 8820 also includes built-in GPS (Global Positioning System), RIM's latest media player enhancements, and a microSD / microSDHC (microSD High Capacity) expandable memory slot that can support the current and future generations of microSD memory up to 32GB.  

The BlackBerry 8820 is the first dual-mode BlackBerry handset   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) offerings, making it fully compatible with Unique, the innovative converged service for business customers from Orange.  By offering a single handset that switches seamlessly between Wi-Fi and GSM networks, Unique offers users a solution to make use of home office Wi-Fi network coverage and allows business customers to use one device for all their calls – whether at home, on the road or in the office.

“RIM produces a wide range of smartphones to help ensure our customers can find a BlackBerry smartphone that is ideally suited to their personal and business needs,” comments Charmaine Eggberry, vice president and managing director, EMEA at Research In Motion. “The decisions to add Wi-Fi and GPS support were based on evolving customer requirements and we are very pleased to be able to respond to those needs with this exciting new handset.” 

“Our research indicates that increasing instances of home and flexible working will be one of the defining business trends of this decade,” comments Neil Laidler, interim vice president, Orange Business Services UK.  “We’re therefore delighted to be further expanding our range of converged devices from Orange with this exciting new addition from RIM, ensuring that we continue to meet the growing demands of today’s flexible organisations,” he adds. 

Wi-Fi Connectivity

The BlackBerry 8820 smartphone supports the 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards to enable data access over Wi-Fi connections in the enterprise, as well as through public hotspots and wireless home networks. The smartphone can seamlessly switch between cellular coverage and a Wi-Fi network to deliver any BlackBerry data service to the user – email, Instant Messaging, organiser, web browsing and other mobile data applications.

To meet various security requirements for users accessing a Wi-Fi connection, the BlackBerry 8820 is compliant with Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP (Wireless Equivalency Protocol), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2, as well as Cisco Compatible Extensions for simple, secure connectivity with Cisco wireless solutions.  For enterprises that require Wi-Fi users to access the corporate network through a VPN (Virtual Private Network), the BlackBerry 8820 includes IPSec-based software that supports the most commonly deployed VPN gateways from vendors including Cisco, Check Point and others.

MicroSD Expansion Memory

The BlackBerry 8820 includes a microSD expansion memory slot memory that can support both microSD (up to 2GB) and microSDHC (4GB to 32GB) memory cards.

4GB memory cards are available today, and 8GB cards are expected to be available later this year.

About Orange

Orangeis the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with more than 161 million customers on five continents.

In June, 2006, as part of the France Telecom integrated operator strategy (NExT programme) to deliver simple, convergent products, Orange became the single brand for mobile, internet and tv offers in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and in Spain, strengthening Orange’s position as the number two mobile and internet services brand in Europe. In addition, Orange Business Services, which operates in 220 countries or territories, became the new banner for business communications solutions and services.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris Eurolist market and on the New York Stock   Exchange. At March 31, 2007, the group had more than 100 million mobile customers, about 12.5 million internet customers and 48.5 million fixed line customers.

In 2006, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 51.7 billion euros.

Further information about Orange and France Telecom can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com or the France Telecom at www.francetelecom.com.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited.

For further information on Unique for Business, please call 0800 037 3337 or visit www.orange.co.uk/business

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