TELUS and Research In Motion today announced the availability of the BlackBerryÂ® 7130e operating on TELUS’ national Wireless High Speed network. The BlackBerry 7130e delivers all the popular communications and information capabilities available through the BlackBerry wireless platform, integrated in a traditional wireless phone form factor. The handset can also serve as a tethered modem for clients looking to connect their laptop computers to the Internet and other data networks at broadband speeds.
TELUS’ Wireless High Speed network offers typical download speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second. Based on the CDMA 1xEVDO standard, the newest Third Generation (3G) wireless data technology available, Wireless High Speed is available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, and will roll out to more urban centres throughout 2006. The BlackBerry 7130e is also designed to be fully backward compatible with TELUS’ national 1X data network, which covers more than 90% of the Canadian population and offers fast mobile data connections where Wireless High Speed is not yet available.
“TELUS’ introduction of the BlackBerry 7130e device reaffirms our commitment to providing our clients with the broadest selection of data devices for high-speed mobile communications in both professional and personal environments,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS’ senior vice president of products and services. “Operating on TELUS’ Wireless High Speed network, the BlackBerry 7130e is the ideal device for clients who need fast access to data networks and the powerful e-mail and productivity tools associated with BlackBerry, all in a compact handset design.”
The new BlackBerry 7130e combines comprehensive phone functionality with the renowned BlackBerry platform features, including support for “push-based” wireless e-mail, Web browser, text messaging, personal organizer and other productivity applications. Seamlessly operating on TELUS’ 1X and Wireless High Speed networks, the compact and stylish BlackBerry 7130e delivers enhanced usability as well as fast Web and data capabilities.
“The BlackBerry 7130e together with TELUS’ fast Wireless High Speed network is a powerful combination for mobile professionals who want the convenience and productivity benefits of BlackBerry in a sleek mobile phone design” said Larry Conlee, Chief Operating Officer at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 7130e is an excellent choice for customers looking to upgrade their existing phone with a more powerful handset that combines a full-featured phone with industry-leading wireless e-mail and data applications.”
The feature-rich BlackBerry 7130e includes a large, high-resolution LCD screen, BluetoothÂ® support for wireless headsets or hands-free car kits, 64MB of flash memory, dedicated ‘send’ and ‘end’ phone keys, an intuitive user interface and enhanced battery life.
The BlackBerry 7130e also features SureType(TM) keyboard technology from RIM, which converges a traditional wireless keypad and a QWERTY-style keyboard to fit elegantly within the size of a traditional wireless phone form factor. The keyboard works in conjunction with a sophisticated, real-time software system that incorporates a large word database, linguistic intelligence and advanced learning capabilities to automatically interpret keystrokes and recognize words with a high degree of accuracy. Through an integrated keyboard and software system, SureType provides users with an instinctively familiar look and feel and allows them to dial phone numbers and type messages with ease.
For corporate clients, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with MicrosoftÂ® Exchange or IBM LotusÂ® Domino(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to allow secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service(TM) allows users to access up to 10 corporate or personal e-mail accounts (including MicrosoftÂ® Exchange, IBM LotusÂ® Domino and most popular ISP e-mail accounts) from a single device without the need for server software.
The BlackBerry 7130e is available at TELUS retail locations across Canada and on-line at telusmobility.com for $249.99 until December 31 on a three-year contract or $549.99 with no contract.