Research In Motion today introduced a new data and voice-enabled BlackBerry Wireless Handheld for Nextel’s nationwide all-digital packet data network. The new Java-based BlackBerry 6510 begins shipping this week from Nextel and delivers email, digital cellular phone, walkie-talkie, web, and organizer applications in a single wireless handheld. It offers always-on data operation with an integrated mobile phone.
This handheld allows users to have a secure, wireless extension to their existing enterprise mailbox. BlackBerry’s “push” architecture means email is automatically delivered. Users can read, compose, forward, reply, file, or delete messages. Or customers can use the BlackBerry Web Client, a web-based application that supports ISP email accounts through the POP3 protocol and allows users to access multiple existing email accounts from a single BlackBerry handheld, including a default web mail account provided with each handheld.
The BlackBerry web browser supports standard WML, HTML, and XML based content and HTTP/HTTPS connectivity. Customers can use the browser to access Nextel’s content services and gateways.
The mobile phone offers voice services with optional features such as call waiting, call answer, conference calling, and call forwarding. It includes an integrated speaker/microphone and a headset can be plugged in. It supports Direct Connect, Nextel’s long-range digital walkie-talkie feature.
The BlackBerry 6510 has a calendar, address book, memo pad and task list applications. With RIM’s wireless calendar synchronization features, the user’s online calendar and handheld calendar can be wirelessly synchronized without need for a cradle.
Applications written in Java 2 Micro Edition can run on this handheld. This programming language has been optimized for wireless devices and provides an industry standard programming environment for custom and commercial application development and deployment. RIM offers a BlackBerry Development Environment for J2ME. The device has 8 MB of memory for its operating system, storage, and applications.
The BlackBerry 6510 is 4.5 by 3.0 by 0.95 inches and weighs 5.64 ounces. It features a built-in keyboard, navigation trackwheel, dedicated Direct Connect button, embedded RIM wireless modem, and a rechargeable/removable lithium battery. It offers 165 minutes of talk time and 75 hours standby time. Both the 160 by 100 pixel monochrome screen and keyboard are backlit.
The BlackBerry 6510 sells for $500 with a one-year service agreement.