BlackBerry junkies will be happy to know that Vodafone and RIM have teamed up to introduce two new handsets – the BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130 – to help you take your office on the road.

The 8707v is the first UMTS-enabled BlackBerry device that is compatible with Vodafone’s 3G mobile broadband network and supports 3G roaming internationally. According to RIM, the device also supports 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS (quad band) networks and allows users to surf the internet, send and receive emails or use other mobile applications while simultaneously speaking on the phone.

The new handsets support push-email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organiser and corporate data applications. Both handsets feature a high-resolution LCD screen that claims to support more than 65 000 colours and incorporates light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting according to the environment you are in. Other features include speakerphone, smart dialing, conference calling, Bluetooth capability and 64 MB of memory.

The 8707v also features a complete QWERTY keyboard, whilst the 7130v incorporates RIM’s SureType keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with QWERTY keyboard to allow a narrower design which claims to enable users to quickly and accurately type messages and dial phone numbers.

“The BlackBerry 8707v and BlackBerry 7130v are ideal for customers looking for superior messaging and browsing capabilities as well as premium phone features in a single device,” said RIM’s Norm Lo.

Vodafone’s Edward Goff said “Our 3G network, which is now available in most Australian capital cities, will enable BlackBerry 8707v customers to better balance their work and lifestyle commitments from a single, all-in-one device

“When new dashboard software is released later this year, it will also be possible to use the BlackBerry 8707v as a mobile broadband modem, allowing customers to keep laptops connected to Vodafone’s 3G mobile broadband network,” he added.

Both handsets are supported by all BlackBerry software and services including the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, which Vodafone says offers the same enterprise-level security and functionality of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is available now as a free download (http://www.blackberry.com/go/ap_express_vodafone) to customers who purchase a new BlackBerry handset.

8707v – $800 
7130v – $700 RRP

See: http://store.vodafone.com.au

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