Rogers and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone in Canada
New smartphone features innovative trackpad for smooth navigation and dedicated media keys for controlling music and videos
TORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ – Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone. It’s the latest addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones and it provides a highly intuitive and efficient mobile experience for users with easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites including Facebook® and MySpace, as well as rich multimedia capabilities.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone will be available from Rogers Wireless in two colours – black and violet. In addition to providing the industry’s leading mobile email and messaging solution, the smartphone features a new touch-sensitive trackpad for navigation and dedicated media keys that are integrated into the top of the handset for quick and convenient control of music and videos. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) and support for Rogers TalkSpot™ service, allowing customers to make unlimited Canada-wide calls over Wi-Fi for only $15 per month.
“Rogers and RIM have a proud history, dating back over ten years, of bringing Canadians the best in smartphone hardware and technology,” said John Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Communications. “Rogers is thrilled to offer this latest BlackBerry Curve to our customers looking for a stylish and cutting edge smartphone at an attractive price.”
“BlackBerry is already the top-selling smartphone brand in North America and this latest addition to our line-up is designed to expand its appeal even further,” said Carlo Chiarello, Vice President, Product Management, Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone with easy-to-use messaging, social networking and multimedia features that will undoubtedly help more Canadians decide to make the switch from a traditional cell phone to a BlackBerry smartphone.”
Other key features of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone from Rogers Wireless include:
- Highly tactile, full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing - 2 MP digital camera with zoom and video recording* - High-resolution, light sensing 320 x 240 display that automatically adjusts backlighting - 512 Mhz next generation processor and 256 MB Flash memory - Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk, Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo! ® Messenger - Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry® MediaSync, which makes it easy to sync iTunes® and Windows Media® Player playlists with the smartphone** - The urMusic application provided by Rogers allows you to sideload your music for FREE and discover, browse and download songs from all your favourite artists. urMusic also gives you access to the best Live Nation® concerts with Wireless Box Office™, a mobile ticketing service where Rogers pays the service charges - Enhanced web browser that displays full HTML for a desktop-style browsing experience on the go - Access to BlackBerry® App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more - Expandable memory via a microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting up to 16 GB cards today and expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available - Premium phone features including voice activated dialing and Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals - BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!®, Windows Live™ Hotmail®, AOL® and Gmail™ - BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments with advanced security and IT controls
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Beginning today, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone is available in black from Rogers from $99.99 with activation on any combination of a 3 year voice and data plan with minimum combined monthly service fee of $45 per month from Rogers. Some conditions apply. The BlackBerry Curve 8250 will be available in violet from Rogers in the coming weeks.
* video recording requires microSD memory card (sold separately)
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.
About Rogers Wireless
Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 8.2 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada’s fastest mobile data network as well as the most reliable network for voice with the clearest reception and fewest dropped calls, Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries/areas with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), 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. 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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