Smallest and Lightest Full QWERTY BlackBerry Handset; Includes Camera and
Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities
TORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI; NYSE:
RG) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the
BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone - the smallest and lightest full QWERTY
BlackBerry handset. The BlackBerry Curve features a smooth and friendly
handset design and delivers the renowned BlackBerry email and messaging
experience, premium phone features, intuitive trackball navigation system, 2.0
megapixel camera, fast web browsing and powerful multimedia capabilities. With
the BlackBerry Curve, Canadians can stay connected to the people and
information that matter most.
"As the leading wireless carrier in Canada, Rogers is committed to
bringing innovative products like the BlackBerry Curve to Canadians," said
John Boynton, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. "Our customers
are always looking for smart technology solutions and the new BlackBerry
Curve, with its combined power and simplicity, will be attractive to
businesses and consumers."
"The BlackBerry Curve builds on what people already love about BlackBerry
with a range of new features and a smooth new design," said Mike Lazaridis,
President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "Rogers' customers will appreciate
the flexibility and convenience offered by the new BlackBerry Curve in both
their personal and professional lives."The new BlackBerry Curve from Rogers features:
- A small and light design with soft curves, smooth edges, liquid
silver finish and chrome highlights. It measures 107mm x 60mm x
15.5mm and weighs approximately 111 grams.
- A 2.0 mega pixel camera with 5x digital zoom, built-in flash, self-
portrait mirror and full screen viewfinder. The camera can capture
images in up to three picture quality and size resolutions that can
be quickly shared via email, MMS, BlackBerry Messenger or Bluetooth.
Photos can also be set as a unique caller IDs or Home Screen image.
- EDGE/GPRS/GSM connectivity operating on Roger's high speed nationwide
network, with roaming in over 185 countries for voice and 100
countries for data.
- Premium phone features including noise cancellation technology to
offset background noise, Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR)
for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated 'send', 'end', and
'mute' keys, low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.0)
support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth
- A microSD expandable memory slot for up to 4 GB of additional
storage. 4GB microSD cards will soon be available for purchase on
- A built-in spell checker with user-customizable dictionary to ensure
accuracy of emails and other text entries.
- A powerful new media manager application included with the
BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software. The Roxio® Media Manager
for BlackBerry®, which was developed with Sonic® and based on the
award-winning Roxio Easy Media Creator® 9, introduces a new level
of simplicity, allowing users to easily search for media files on
their computer, view and organize them, create MP3 music files from
CDs, add audio tags, create playlists and automatically copy or
convert pictures, music and videos for optimal playback on the
- A 3.5mm stereo headset jack, support for Bluetooth® stereo audio
profile (A2DP/AVRCP), and dedicated volume controls.
- BlackBerry® Maps, which helps find addresses and provides step-by-
- Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI and RealTrax ringtunes.
- Support for instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google®
Talk and Yahoo!® Messenger pre-loaded.
- BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10
personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP
- BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments,
enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM®
Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise®
The BlackBerry Curve will be available in Canada from Rogers Wireless in
retail and business channels in June 2007.
About Rogers Wireless
Rogers Wireless Inc. is Canada's largest wireless voice and data
communications services provider with offices in Canadian cities across the
country, more than 6.9 million customers, and two powerful brands: Rogers
Wireless and Fido. Rogers Wireless, which operates Canada's largest and most
reliable integrated wireless voice and data network, providing advanced voice
and wireless data solutions to customers from coast to coast, is Canada's only
carrier operating on the GSM/GPRS technology platform, the world standard for
wireless communications technology and the only technology that enables
roaming around the world in over 180 countries. The company is a subsidiary of
Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. For further information, please visit
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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