BrightBytes™: RIM, Kyocera, ViewSonic, Bluetooth

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Research in Motion is going to release the Blackberry 6710 and 6720, versions of its data and voice-enabled wireless handheld that use GSM/GPRS and can be used in Europe and Asia. The 6710 will also work in the U.S. The 6710 is being demonstrated today at the CTIA Wireless IT trade show in Las Vegas. Pricing and availability will vary from country to country.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced a three-year extension to its licensing agreement with PalmSource Inc. Under terms of the agreement, Kyocera will continue expanding its line of smartphones using the Palm OS. The Kyocera license covers Palm OS versions 3, 4, 5 and beyond.

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the ViewSonic V35 Pocket PC at $250, which is $50 less than the device’s suggested retail price. Amazon is no longer offering the V35 at $250. The price is now $300, the suggested retail price.

Microsoft has announced that next month it will release a Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse for $160. It will also offer a Bluetooth mouse for $90. At the same time, it will release a Bluetooth update for Windows XP to allow it to use these new peripherals. The company has no plans to offer updates for earlier versions of Windows.

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