TIM and RIM Launch BlackBerry 8700g in Italy


Research In Motion and TIM today announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8700g in Italy, the first BlackBerry handset that takes full advantage of TIM’s high-speed EDGE network. The new BlackBerry 8700g provides the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. The combined power of the BlackBerry platform, Intel processor and TIM’s high-speed EDGE network, enables faster web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing.

The BlackBerry 8700g is a quad-band device with 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SRAM. The integrated phone includes premium phone features such as dedicated ’send,’ ‘end’ and ‘mute’ phone keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, as well as speakerphone and Bluetooth support for hands-free use with car kits and wireless headsets. In addition, the device features a bright, high resolution, landscape QVGA (320×240) LCD display that supports more than 65,000 colors to deliver vivid graphics. The display offers excellent indoor and outdoor readability by featuring an intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the brightness to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

“Convergence is a hot topic in the Italian market - especially for TIM,” said Massimo Castelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Telecom Italia. “The BlackBerry 8700g takes advantage of our fast mobile network, bringing together enhanced phone and data functionality. It provides real convergence between mobility and the Internet.”

“The BlackBerry 8700g is a major innovation that delivers breakthrough performance together with a striking color display and a sleek and stylish design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 8700g is an excellent choice for customers who want an unrivalled voice and data solution to help keep them connected and productive.”

“Intel is pleased to be a part of RIM and TIM’s BlackBerry 8700g launch in Italy,” said Carmine Stragapede - Telco and Mobility Director - Intel Italy. “Utilizing the Intel® PX901 cellular processor with the Intel XScale® architecture, the BlackBerry 8700g leverages TIM’s exceptional EDGE network to provide a rich user experience.”

The BlackBerry 8700g operates together with BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) and BlackBerry Internet Server(TM). For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

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