Vodafone to offer BlackBerry 7230 Tri-Band Handheld

Vodafone to offer BlackBerry 7230 Tri-Band Handheld


Vodafone today announced they will be offering the BlackBerry 7230 Wireless Handheld with Tri-Band 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS network connectivity. The 7230 has a 65,000 colour display and 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM.

See press release below.

Vodafone Launches Global BlackBerry Solution; BlackBerry 7230 From Vodafone Incorporates Customized User Interface

WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) and Vodafone today launched Vodafone’s global BlackBerry(R) offering. The first product included in this offering is the BlackBerry 7230 Wireless Handheld(TM), which incorporates a new, customized, Vodafone branded, icon-driven menu and user interface delivering the same ease of use as Vodafone live!

Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone, said: “A key part of our strategy is the provision of easy to use services that meet the needs of our customers. We have worked closely with Research In Motion to deliver this customized BlackBerry solution to ensure that our customers have a seamless, consistent Vodafone experience across a range of devices and service offerings.”

Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion said: “We are extremely pleased to expand our working relationship with Vodafone into new markets. The combination of RIM’s push-based BlackBerry wireless platform with Vodafone’s network expertise provides a powerful productivity solution to business users – both enterprise and individual customers alike.”

Vodafone will be offering both the BlackBerry Enterprise solution for business customers with corporate email infrastructure, or BlackBerry for small firms/individuals who either do not have a corporate email infrastructure and use Internet Service Provider email or those who wish to access multiple email accounts from a single mobile device.

The BlackBerry push architecture means email is delivered direct to the handheld mobile device and customers receive emails automatically. Customers can also read and forward email attachments from their BlackBerry handheld (including Microsoft(R) Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF).

The BlackBerry 7230 handheld features a crisp, high-resolution color screen and provides mobile professionals with wireless access to email, phone, SMS, Internet browser and organizer applications. The BlackBerry 7230 is compact and lightweight with superior battery performance, making it ideal for mobile use.

Additional features of the BlackBerry 7230 include:

— The industry’s best combined email/data/phone experience.

— A high-resolution color screen that supports over 65,000 colors while maintaining superior battery life.

— Cradle-free wireless email synchronization.

— Integrated email attachment viewing that enables users to read important email attachments from their BlackBerry handheld (including: Microsoft(R) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, WordPerfect, ASCII).

— Support for international roaming (on 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks) that enable mobile professionals to use one handheld while travelling with no need to change their phone number or email addresses.

— A push-based wireless architecture that delivers messages automatically.

— A wireless extension to existing email accounts with support for up to 10 corporate and personal email accounts from a single handheld (including: popular Internet Service Provider (ISP), Microsoft(R) Exchange, and/or IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) email accounts).

— An easy-to-use ‘thumb-typing’ keyboard and navigation trackwheel for sending and receiving email and SMS messages on the go.

— Backlit screen and keyboard for easy reading and typing during day or night.

— 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, rechargeable/removable lithium battery and Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity for quick battery charging.

— A pocket-sized, lightweight and ergonomic handheld design, with an embedded RIM wireless modem and internal high performance antenna.