Vodafone and RIM Launch the BlackBerry 8700v in Australia

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Vodafone Australia and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8700v, further extending the range of BlackBerry devices available to Australian customers. The newly designed BlackBerry 8700v combines full phone functionality together with support for wireless email, Internet, text messaging, organizer and data applications and will be available from Vodafone Australia beginning March 1, 2006.

The BlackBerry 8700v device platform was completely re-engineered to boost performance for faster Web browsing, Internet searches, email attachment viewing and application performance. Together with a unique user interface exclusive to Vodafone, the BlackBerry 8700v features a powerful Intel processor, 64 MB flash memory, 16 MB SDRAM, high resolution QVGA (320×240) LCD display, QWERTY keyboard, dedicated phone keys, polyphonic and MP3 ring tones, quad-band support for international roaming and Bluetooth support for wireless hands-free use with car kits and headsets.


In addition, the BlackBerry 8700v incorporates a light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the display and keyboard lighting levels to provide optimized viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

“BlackBerry from Vodafone has taken the corporate world by storm, but mobile email also presents enormous opportunities to SOHO and SME customers who want to be more accessible and responsive while out of the office, or simply want a device that can give them the freedom and flexibility to work on the move,” said Mark Iles, General Manager, Business Markets at Vodafone Australia. “Vodafone is committed to providing customers with superior devices that give them greater control and flexibility over the way they do business. The BlackBerry 8700v from Vodafone is the ideal, all-in-one device for mobile voice and data, whether it’s used here in Australia or while traveling internationally.”