Bluetooth-Enabled BlackBerry Handheld Coming to U.S., Europe

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Research In Motion (RIM) announced today that its newest cellular-wireless handheld, the BlackBerry 7290, will debut in the near future on Cingular Wireless and O2.

The BlackBerry 7290 will combine phone, email, Short Messaging Services (SMS), organizer, web browsing, and corporate data access capabilities in a single handheld.

It will be Cingular’s first quad-band, Bluetooth-enabled product designed especially for business customers who want to stay connected while traveling internationally.

BlackBerry 7290 The 7290 will operate at the GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, which allows for both domestic and international roaming in practically any GSM market worldwide.

This handheld will, of course, run RIM’s proprietary operating system. It will come with 32 MB of flash memory and 4 MB of SRAM, allowing for more Storage capabilities.

The 7290 will also support cradle-free wireless email synchronization, integrated attachment viewing (including support for popular file formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF, and ASCII) and remote address look up in addition to secure, push-based wireless connectivity.

As previously mentioned, this device also features Bluetooth, which will allow users to take advantage of wireless headsets and car kits. Cingular is currently offering three Bluetooth-enabled ear buds that are compatible with this handheld.

The BlackBerry 7290 is expected to be available in the U.S. from Cingular in early October. At its debut, it will be priced at $149 with a two-year service agreement and packaged with a free wireless ear bud.

This handheld will be released in Germany, Ireland, and the U.K. in November. Pricing from O2 is not yet available.

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