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RIM’s Dual-Mode Smartphone Arrives

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Now that some of the iPhone
has died down, Research In Motion (Quote) has
surfaced with a new Blackberry 8820 smartphone.

The mobile device is RIM’s
thinnest smartphone and its first dual-mode handset. The 8820 combines
EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity for data access and voice
support; it also includes a built in Global Positioning System (GPS).

The 8820 has a raft of accessibility and storage features including:
Speaker Independent Voice Recognition for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD),
smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call forwarding, as
well as dedicated “send”, “end” and “mute” keys. In addition to its “high
quality, low-distortion speakerphone” the 8820 includes Bluetooth 2.0
support for use with hands-free headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth

Storage includes a microSD / microSDHC (microSD High Capacity) expandable
memory slot that RIM said can support current and future generations of
microSD memory cards up to 32GB.

Addressing corporate security concerns, 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) (define), the BlackBerry 8820
includes IPSec-based software that RIM said supports the most commonly
deployed VPN gateways from vendors such as Cisco, Check Point and others.

RIM said the 8820 will be available from certain wireless carriers
worldwide in the next few weeks, while distribution in the U.S., via AT&T,
is slated for later this summer.

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