RIM Introduces New BlackBerry Models for Europe

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Canada’s Research In Motion (RIM) has just unveiled two new BlackBerry models for customers in Europe. The data and voice-enabled Blackberry 6210 and 6220 feature a smaller design that current models from the company, as well as increased memory and new support for wireless email synchronization and integrated attachment viewing.

Blackberry 6200 These models have always-on wireless connection and offer email, phone, SMS, web browser, and organizer applications.

Both the 6210 and 6220 are 4.45 by 2.91 by 0.83 inches and weigh 4.80 ounces. They have an embedded RIM wireless modem and internal antenna.

The handhelds each feature a “thumb-typing” keyboard (based on RIM’s popular keyboard design), navigation trackwheel, 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, rechargeable/removable lithium battery, Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity, monochrome screen, integrated speaker/microphone and headset jack. Both the screen and keyboard are backlit.

The Blackberry 6210 is a world-band handheld that operates on 900/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS wireless networks in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

The BlackBerry 6220 is a dual band handheld that operates on 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS wireless networks in Europe and Asia Pacific.

New Email Features

These models allow users to do two-way wireless synchronization of email messages including support for read/unread status, deletions, and filing.

In addition, they can view email attachments, with support for a variety of file formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, Adobe PDF, HTML and ASCII text.

RIM has also added remote address lookup capabilities, which allow users to wirelessly search their organization’s address list.

Handheld and airtime pricing and roaming services will be determined by network carriers and will vary based on specific service plans. Availability will vary by country and carrier.

RIM is demonstrating these new BlackBerry handhelds this week at CeBIT 2003 in Hanover, Germany (Hall 12, Stand A50).

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