RIM launches BlackBerry 8310 in Germany


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?

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RIM announces BlackBerry 8820


BlackBerry 8820Hot off the presses, we’ve got news that the BlackBerry 8820 is en route, packing delicious Wi-Fi connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b and g will all be supported, as documented in the FCC patent last week, and not only for data. Generic Access Networking (a.k.a. UMA) will allow for seamless dual-mode calling while in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Although that’s the big feature, besides which the device is largely an 8800, the new BlackBerry will also also be bringing a few other goodies. For one, it will support microSDHC memory cards, meaning up to 32GB of storage capacity. We looked at the 8 GB cards that are in the works from Samsung not too long ago. No 3G just yet, still quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE. GPS is in there too, and RIM also points out AZERTY and QWERTZ keypad availability, pointing to an early launch in both France and Germany. In fact, RIM’s handset index lists France as the only European country confirmed to carry the 8820 so far.

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