8820 Edge thumb RIM Intros First Wi Fi BlackBerry Smartphone in Singapore

Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® 8820 in Singapore,
the first dualmode BlackBerry smartphone combining EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and
Wi-Fi® connectivity. The BlackBerry 8820 smartphone supports the 802.11 a/b/g
Wi-Fi standards to enable data access for users in Singapore over Wi-Fi
connections in the enterprise, as well as through public hotspots and wireless
home networks. In addition, it is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled
smartphone that provides global wireless voice and data capabilities with
best-in-class performance.

8820 Edge RIM Intros First Wi Fi BlackBerry Smartphone in Singapore

Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® 8820 in Singapore,
the first dualmode BlackBerry smartphone combining EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and
Wi-Fi® connectivity. The BlackBerry 8820 smartphone supports the 802.11 a/b/g
Wi-Fi standards to enable data access for users in Singapore over Wi-Fi
connections in the enterprise, as well as through public hotspots and wireless
home networks. In addition, it is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled
smartphone that provides global wireless voice and data capabilities with
best-in-class performance.

Featuring RIM’s thinnest smartphone design with a full and highly tactile
QWERTY keyboard, large and bright display (320 x 240), user-friendly trackball
navigation system and exceptional voice and data functionality, it also comes
with media player enhancements, and a microSD / microSDHC (microSD High
Capacity) expandable memory slot that can support current and future generations
of microSD memory cards up to 32GB.

Through its built-in GPS, the BlackBerry 8820 can pinpoint its location and
provides "out-of-the-box" support for a wide variety of location-based
applications and services, including BlackBerry® Maps. “With built-in cellular,
Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity features, the BlackBerry 8820 smartphone introduces a
new level of mobility and productivity to organizations and individuals in
Singapore,” said Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Research In Motion.
“The BlackBerry 8820 offers all the renowned power and usability of the
BlackBerry platform together with the convenience of Wi-Fi access at home and
work, as well as through Singapore’s nation-wide public hotspots.”

The BlackBerry 8820 works in conjunction with both BlackBerry® Enterprise
Server and the BlackBerry® Internet Service and can seamlessly switch between
cellular networks and a Wi-Fi network to allow users to access email, Instant
Messaging, organizer, web browsing and other mobile data applications.

To meet various security requirements, the BlackBerry 8820 is compliant with
Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP (Wireless Equivalency Protocol), WPA (Wi-Fi
Protected Access) and WPA2, as well as Cisco Compatible Extensions for simple,
secure connectivity with Cisco wireless solutions. For enterprises that require
Wi-Fi users to access the corporate network through a VPN (Virtual Private
Network), the BlackBerry 8820 includes IPSec-based software that supports the
most commonly deployed VPN gateways from vendors including Cisco, Check Point
and others.

The BlackBerry wireless platform gives customers the capability to deploy a
variety of applications. Thousands of applications and business solutions from
third party software providers can further extend the BlackBerry 8820 to support
business needs such as CRM, sales force automation, field services, business
intelligence, supply chain management and continuity of operations, as well as a
broad range of industry-specific applications for sectors including health care,
law enforcement, government, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical,
professional services, real estate, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

For product availability, please check with M1, SingTel and StarHub.