RIM launches BlackBerry 8310 in Germany

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BlackBerry Curve 8310Continuing the trend of launching devices all North American BlackBerry users want in Europe first, RIM announced late yesterday that they have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8310 in Germany through Vodafone. So how does the BlackBerry 8310 differ from its cousin across the pond? Well, for starters, it comes with that sweet GPS goodness normally found in the BlackBerry 8800. Also, don’t let the image fool you, it does have a QWERTZ keyboard.

Our German friends can get the BlackBerry Curve 8310 now for 99,90 Euro in combination with a Vodafone Business Kombipaket Zuhause 240. Also, the first 5,000 customers will also receive a 1 GB microSD card (sadly, no microSDHC support) with the current 100 top chart songs pre-installed. Can anyone say Hasselhoff?

Dusseldorf/Munich, Germany – Vodafone and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310 smartphone in Germany, with built-in GPS navigation and advanced multimedia functionality.

The BlackBerry Curve 8310 features integrated GPS functionality that works with pre-installed Vodafone Navigator software so mobile users can easily know exactly where they’re going. The software displays the user’s precise location on a local map and also integrates directly with their address book. Thanks to Vodafone Navigator on the BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone, Vodafone customers can avoid traffic problems caused by bad weather, traffic jams or road closures as known problems are automatically taken into account when the route is planned. The Vodafone Navigator is an off-board navigation system, which downloads route planning information from an up-to-date central server.

The BlackBerry Curve 8310 is an excellent choice for mobile users that want a feature-rich smartphone for use in both their work and personal lives. A built-in 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and LED flash delivers sharp images on the BlackBerry Curve 8310. Photos can be sent immediately via MMS, email or BlackBerry® Messenger. The push-based BlackBerry email system allows incoming emails to be displayed immediately and enables easy remote management of the user’s inbox.

With an advanced media player, microSD memory card slot and brilliant colour display, the BlackBerry Curve 8310 is perfect for watching videos in full screen layout and listening to MP3 music files. The smartphone’s memory can be extended by using a microSD card to store up to 4 gigabytes worth of videos, images, music and files. As an added benefit, Vodafone Germany will provide the first 5,000 customers with a 1 gigabyte microSD memory card with the current 100 top chart songs pre-installed as MP3s.

The BlackBerry Curve 8310 features a full, highly tactile QWERTZ keyboard for easy and intuitive typing and an integrated spell check function with customizable dictionary to help minimize spelling errors. The trackball, which is conveniently located between the display and keyboard, can be used to select menu functions and to easily navigate on the screen. The BlackBerry Curve 8310 supports push-based email that allows the easy viewing of file attachments such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, JPEG, BMP and TIFF files. It is a quad band GSM phone that can be used practically anywhere in the world*. It has USB for easy file transfer and Bluetooth® interfaces for use with hands-free accessories and car kits. The BlackBerry Curve 8310 supports stereo Bluetooth headsets and also features a built-in speakerphone.

The BlackBerry Curve 8310 is available now from Vodafone in Germany for 99,90 Euro in combination with a Vodafone Business Kombipaket Zuhause 240.

Facts & Figures on the new BlackBerry Curve 8310

*Memory: 64 MB internal flash memory; Expandable memory slot for microSD cards
*Display: 320 X 240 pixels, supports more than 65,000 colors
*Supported networks: Quadband GSM (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)
*Data transmission: GPRS, EDGE
*Interfaces: Bluetooth 2.0, mini-USB
*GPS: Integrated GPS module
*Multimedia: 2 megapixel camera with flash and 5X digital zoom; Media Player supports audioformats (MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA) and video formats (MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263 and WMV)
*Push-based email: Supported by BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
*Additional features: Full QWERTZ keyboard, trackball operation, Vodafone Navigator, integrated speakerphone, language selection

  • Firefishe

    Now how do we in the States get one of these things unlocked for the U.S. GSM market?

    The GPS and multimedia features will make a lot of us North American GSM phone buyers desire this product.

    I just don’t know why the North American carriers–and RIM!–can’t get it through their heads that WE NEED HIGH SPEED, GPS, & VIDEO STREAMING!

    What’s with the EDGE-only situation in such a new phone? The Samsung Blackjack had 3G last season! Why won’t RIM and the rest of the world just put 3G, Wi-Fi, VoIP, GSM, and North American CDMA in one BlackBerry phone and be done with it!

    –Firefishe
    –Missouri, USA

  • Firefishe

    Now how do we in the States get one of these things unlocked for the U.S. GSM market?

    The GPS and multimedia features will make a lot of us North American GSM phone buyers desire this product.

    I just don’t know why the North American carriers–and RIM!–can’t get it through their heads that WE NEED HIGH SPEED, GPS, & VIDEO STREAMING!

    What’s with the EDGE-only situation in such a new phone? The Samsung Blackjack had 3G last season! Why won’t RIM and the rest of the world just put 3G, Wi-Fi, VoIP, GSM, and North American CDMA in one BlackBerry phone and be done with it!

    –Firefishe
    –Missouri, USA

  • GodChaser

    Is there software or drivers to enable me to view Word, Excel, Powerpoint on the Blackberry 8310?

  • GodChaser

    Is there software or drivers to enable me to view Word, Excel, Powerpoint on the Blackberry 8310?