AT&T’s BlackBerry 8820 ready to roll

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Blackberry 8820AT&T’s BlackBerry 8820 has been officially announced today, packing both GPS and Wi-Fi under the hood and hitting store shelves tomorrow. The 8820 will also be coming bundled with AT&T’s Mobile Music, which gives access to XM Satellite Radio, among other music services. You’ll have to fork over $299.99 on a two-year contract for this beauty. This wasn’t exactly the soft launch we were thinking of, but quietly getting the devices into stores for a nearly day-of announcement is a pretty good way of building up hype. After all, which announcement gets you more excited: “It’s coming next week”, or “It’s coming tomorrow”?

New BlackBerry 8820 From AT&T Hits The ‘Hot Spot’ With Wi-Fi

New Global Handset Complements and Extends AT&T’s Industry-Leading International Wireless Reach With Both Cellular and 802.11 Features

San Antonio, TX and Waterloo, ON – Wi-Fi® is coming to AT&T’s BlackBerry® handset customers. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) have announced that the first cellular and Wi-Fi BlackBerry handset — the BlackBerry 8820 — will be available beginning Sept. 20 through the nation’s largest wireless provider.

The global Wi-Fi capabilities of the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T complement AT&T’s industry-best domestic and international wide area wireless data coverage. AT&T enterprise customers can use the BlackBerry 8820 with their corporate campus Wi-Fi networks for additional data coverage. Individual customers can use it in their homes and, for an additional charge, at thousands of Wi-Fi locations* throughout the U.S., including any of the 10,000 AT&T-owned or branded hot spot locations in the U.S. Users can also take advantage of tens of thousands of hot spots around the globe through such services as AT&T Wi-Fi roaming.

AT&T is the leading provider of BlackBerry services worldwide and boasts the broadest domestic and international coverage area for wireless data services of any U.S. carrier. The BlackBerry 8820 is powered by AT&T’s nationwide** EDGE network, the largest high speed national wireless data network in the U.S., with availability in more than 13,000 cities and towns and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. The quadband BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T keeps users who are abroad connected with wireless e-mail, Internet access and other mobile applications through data services in more countries — more than 135 — than any other U.S. carrier. Customers can also use the BlackBerry 8820 to make or receive wireless phone calls in more than 190 countries.

“The new BlackBerry 8820 builds on AT&T’s leading domestic and international coverage footprint by giving customers the ability to link with their company’s wireless campus network or access e-mail and browse the Web at Wi-Fi hot spots even in the few countries in which we do not have data roaming agreements,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Marketing and Operations for AT&T’s wireless unit. “That makes the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T an exceptional world phone for global use by business customers and individuals alike.”

“The BlackBerry 8820 builds upon the sleek and performance-driven BlackBerry 8800 that has been embraced by business professionals around the world,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at RIM. “This powerful new model has been eagerly anticipated by the market, and we are very pleased to be working with AT&T to launch the first cellular and Wi-Fi BlackBerry handset for customers in the U.S.”

The BlackBerry 8820 provides support for 802.11a, b and g with enterprise security features, extending the BlackBerry platform to business customers at public hot spots and on wireless local area networks. Customers can use a BlackBerry 8820 to link to their enterprise through home Wi-Fi networks. They also will be able to access broadband services, such as the nation’s leading service from AT&T — AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet.

The BlackBerry 8820 adds Wi-Fi capabilities to its industry-leading set of features, which includes extensive call management and premium phone features, built-in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) — with support for such solutions as TeleNav GPS Navigator™ and TeleNav Track™ — AT&T’s Push-to-Talk service, Bluetooth® 2.0, built-in media player and a microSD expandable memory slot for music, photo and video storage.

The BlackBerry 8820 also supports AT&T Mobile Music, an integrated, on-the-go music experience that delivers “your music, your way” by providing simple access to a robust collection of music content, including access to online subscription music content from eMusic, XM Satellite Radio and more.

In addition, the BlackBerry 8820 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, an intuitive trackball navigation system and a large, bright landscape (320 x 240) display. Customers have a vivid and easy-to-use interface for the many popular capabilities of the BlackBerry solution, including mobile access to corporate and personal e-mail, text messages, Web browsing, an organizer, multimedia and corporate data applications.

Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry 8820 will be available for $299.99 — with a two-year contract and rebate — in all 1,800 AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at http://www.wireless.att.com and through select national retailers and AT&T business-to-business sales organizations.

Customers who want personal e-mail access and Web browsing with BlackBerry® Internet Service can choose the BlackBerry Personal Unlimited plan for as low as $29.99 a month with a qualified voice contract. Unlimited corporate e-mail access via BlackBerry® Enterprise Server is as low as $44.99 a month when a qualified voice plan also is chosen. Customers who travel overseas can select an unlimited international e-mail access plan for as low as $64.99 a month with a qualified voice plan. Unlimited Push to Talk service is available for an additional monthly charge of $9.99 for each handset and $19.99 for Push to Talk Family. AT&T Push to Talk also features a pay-per-use option of 15 cents a minute. XM Satellite Radio and MusicID, which are features within AT&T Mobile Music, require monthly subscription fees of $8.99 and $3.99, respectively. TeleNav GPS Navigator is available for additional monthly charges of $5.99 for 10 trips and $9.99 for unlimited trips. TeleNav Track service plans are $12.99 to $21.99 for each device.

For more information about the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T, please visit http://www.wireless.att.com/blackberry8820 or http://www.blackberry8820.com.

*Access charges from individual Wi-Fi hot spot operators may apply
**Not available in all areas

About AT&T
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About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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Specifications

Features Available

* Wireless email
* Organizer
* Browser
* Phone
* BlackBerry® Maps
* Media player
* Corporate data access 1
* SMS
* MMS 1
* GPS 1

Size and Weight

* 4.49″/114mm (Length)
* 2.60″/66mm (Width)
* 0.55″/14mm (Depth)
* 4.73 oz/134g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation

* Trackball
* QWERTY (Keyboard)
* Keyboard backlighting

Voice Input/Output

* Stereo headset capable
* Headset jack
* Integrated earpiece/ microphone
* Built-in speakerphone
* Headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)

Display

* Font size (user selectable)
* Light sensing screen

Media Player

* Supported audio formats: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA
* Supported video formats: MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263, WMV

Notification

* Polyphonic ringtones
* MP3 ringtones
* Vibrate mode
* LED indicator

Battery Type

* 1400 mAhr (Removable/ rechargeable lithium cell)

Approximate Battery Life

* 528 hours or 22 days (Standby time)
* 300 minutes or 5 hours (Talk time)

Memory

* Expandable memory – support for microSD card
* 64 MB (Flash memory)

Modem

* RIM® wireless modem
* Tethered modem capability 1

Email Integrations

* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
* Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
* Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
* Integrates with existing personal email account
* Integrates with optional new device account

Accessories Included

* USB cable
* Wall charger

Device Security

* Password protection and keyboard lock
* Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 2
* Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Network

* Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g 3
* Wi-Fi: 802.11a 3
* North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
* Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
* EDGE networks 1

1 Check with service provider for availability, roaming arrangements and service plans. Certain features outlined herein require a minimum version of BlackBerry software.
2 Support for Triple DES encryption is available for BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange and BlackBerry Enterprise Server for IBM Lotus Domino only.
3 Check with your service provider for supported services and features. Not all BlackBerry plans support Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry services.

  • Jake

    Where’s the second part of BGR’s interview you promised? You also said you were going to review the iPhone and see how the experience compares to the BB. You guys are slacking.

    And the rumors you spreaded about the 8820 being neutered were rubbish. Come on guys, your rep is in the toilet.

  • CPO

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