Telecom announced today that it will be launching the first World Edition BlackBerry smartphone to New Zealanders.
The World Edition BlackBerry 8830 is part of Telecom’s range of WorldMode phones, which means it can operate on both CDMA and GSM networks. The BlackBerry is the first WorldMode device with data capability, which allows customers to surf the internet, check their e-mail, and use their business-related applications independent of type of network available.
Telecom GM Business Solutions, Martin Butler, says the enhanced functionality of the BlackBerry 8830 gives Telecom customers the option to use both voice and data in Australia and beyond.
“We have a number of business customers who need the functionality of a PDA device, and want to take it with them when they travel to key destinations such as the USA, the UK and around the Asia-Pacific region. The WorldMode capability of the BlackBerry 8830 will enable them to do that.”
The BlackBerry 8830 combines the functionality of RIM BlackBerry devices, with the increased flexibility to operate on both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks with full mobile voice and data coverage, without having to change device, phone number or email address.
Mr Butler says that because the BlackBerry 8830 is the first of its kind Telecom is doing a phased release, launching a limited number of devices before Christmas.
“Initially we will be supplying BlackBerry 8830s to a small group of customers who have been specifically selected because of their mobile usage. These customers will be working with us to trial the device and its WorldMode voice service and data roaming capability to ensure our rollout to the wider market runs smoothly.”
The BlackBerry 8830 will be available to all Telecom customers in early 2008, with full voice and data roaming capability.