Rogers and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve Smartphone in Canada
May 4, 2007 News Releases
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 peripherals. - A microSD expandable memory slot for up to 4 GB of additional storage. 4GB microSD cards will soon be available for purchase on Rogers.com. - 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 BlackBerry Curve. - 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- step directions. - 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 email accounts. - BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments, enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments.Availability 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 www.rogers.com 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. 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