RIM pitches 'power user' tri-band HSDPA BlackBerry
Bold sneaks in ahead of 3G iPhone
Blackberry has launched its first tri-band - 850/1900/2100MHz - HSDPA 3G handset, dubbed Bold. The phone was first uncovered by the rumour mill back in 2007.
Manufacturer RIM states that the quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge Bold- aka the BlackBerry 9000 - is crafted from "premium materials", both inside and out. On the inside, this translates into integrated GPS and 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, while the device’s rear is finished in a “leather-like” material.
RIM's Blackberry 9000: the email company's first tri-band HSDPA handset
A slot for SD/SDHC memory cards of up to 16GB support the 9000’s 1GB on on-board storage, which should give you plenty of space to store all those important emails, which Blackberry boasts can be sent and received during a phone call. Bluetooth 2.0 is also built in for headset usage.
Bold also has a two-megapixel camera with a 5x digital zoom. Images are displayed on the handset’s 320 x 480 display.
Music also makes an appearance on the 9000 handset, with a media player that plays images and video snapped on the handset with audio backing – which can be played out through the device’s dual speakers. Audio filters also let you switch between pre-set music modes, including Jazz and Hip Hop.
RIM’s Blackberry Bold handset will be available globally this summer, but a specific UK release or price hasn’t been pushed out yet.
Do you actually administer Blackberries in the Enterprise environment? Given your statement regarding remote wiping, presumably not. BB's have done this for years. And good luck using Exchange's "push technology".
BB's are very popular in business because they do their job very well and now have years of experience in support and development in that environment. That's something Apple don't have (yet) and it would be a brave IT CEO to make a major move to Apple. Especially as the iPhone doesn't have a proper keyboard, and doesn't have proven Enterprise-grade email and calendaring.
You've never worked with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, have you? Current BBs can do ALL of those "BlackBerry killer" features. If your company is running Exchange and is buying handsets for it's users, it's going to be running Enterprise server.
Solid evolution here, just the way most BB users like it.
UK Voda must be gagging for it - think of the lower costs of carrying all that data over 3G.