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Optus has pipped rivals to the post in being the first to offer two new BlackBerry smartphones to the Australian market.

The carrier will start shifting the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and the first touch screen BlackBerry Bold 9900 from early September. The smartphones feature the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System and a new interface powered by Liquid Graphics.

RIM launched five new Blackberry handsets globally yesterday flagging it as its largest ever global launch with more than 225 carriers and distribution partners already secured.

The newly tweaked range which include pinch-and-zoom browsing and web loading speeds that are 40% faster than the old Torch, aims to stem the decline in revenue and steal back market share from Apple.

Optus Digital Media director Austin R Bryan, said, “this is yet another example of Optus bringing leading digital devices to its customers before any other carrier. The enhancements in the BlackBerry 7 OS, as well as the impressive level of social networking integration across both smartphones, allow Optus BlackBerry users to strike the ideal balance between work and play.”

The new handsets are available to Optus personal, small business and enterprise customers from early September with customers able to pre-order from today. ®

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