RIM Introduces Java-Based BlackBerry Handheld With Integrated Phone for GSM/GPRS Networks in North America
Posted by WDN, March 4 2002
BlackBerry 5810 Integrates Email, Phone, SMS, Browser and Organizer; AT&T Wireless
and VoiceStream Accepting Orders; RIM Expands Relationship With IBM Global
Comdex - Chicago, IL - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM) today
introduced the first wireless handheld ready to support GSM/GPRS networks in North
America. The new Java-based handheld, named the BlackBerry 5810™, allows corporate
customers to manage their important information and communications from a single
integrated device. The BlackBerry 5810 integrates the award-winning features of the
secure BlackBerry™ wireless email solution with the convenience of a built-in phone. This
breakthrough in wireless convergence delivers email, phone, SMS, browser, and organizer
features in a single, sleek handheld that is “Always On, Always Connected®”. The
BlackBerry 5810 also incorporates Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) as its core operating
system, providing a secure and open platform for customers, carriers, and developers.
RIM is demonstrating the BlackBerry 5810 this week at Comdex Chicago (booth #1603)
where RIM's Chairman and Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, will deliver a keynote address on the
In the United States, both AT&T Wireless and VoiceStream, a T-Mobile subsidiary, are now
accepting orders for the BlackBerry 5810. In Canada, RIM and Rogers AT&T Wireless
recently announced an agreement for the BlackBerry 5810 (product launch timing will be
announced at a later date). In Europe, RIM began selling the BlackBerry 5820 (a similar
handheld that operates on different frequencies for European GSM/GPRS networks)
through BT Cellnet in the UK last year; and also announced working relationships with
other leading European carriers including Digifone, Telecom Italia Group, Telfort Mobiel,
T-Mobile and Viag Interkom.
"This is a particularly exciting time in RIM's history and the evolution of BlackBerry. We have
already deployed BlackBerry in thousands of companies and built a complete, secure
corporate solution for wireless email," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at
Research In Motion. "Now, together with our partners, we're building on that solid
foundation in a number of ways. We're converging email, phone, SMS, browser and
organizer technologies into a single wireless handheld. RIM and our carrier partners are
primed for success internationally. We've successfully implemented Java on our
BlackBerry 5800 series. Our systems integration and ISV alliance partners are embracing
and extending BlackBerry. Our handhelds, server software and infrastructure are proven
and continue to lead the industry. Quite simply, the end-to-end BlackBerry solution is
stronger than ever."
"RIM is a pioneer in the wireless data industry and one of the original contributing
members of the JCP Micro Edition Executive Committee," said Rich Green, vice president
and general manager, Java and XML software at Sun Microsystems. "RIM's decision to
implement Java is opening BlackBerry to a community of more than three million
application developers worldwide. BlackBerry 5810 users will enjoy access to a
substantially broader variety of applications that can be easily developed, deployed and
managed within the enterprise."
"Mobilizing corporate applications and enterprise email on handheld devices requires tight
integration between wireless networks and back-end systems as well as end-to-end
secure solutions," said Kevin Burden, Smart Handheld Solutions Analyst at IDC. "The
concept of mobile, wirelessly accessible corporate data beyond email is still new to many
enterprises. This creates an opportunity for solution providers like RIM which has
enterprise systems experience and continues to expand the business applicability of its
BlackBerry products with J2ME and voice support."
In related news, RIM and IBM Global Services will extend their relationship to include RIM's
GSM/GPRS products, making IBM the first IT services provider to offer business consulting
and systems integration services for BlackBerry 5810 handhelds. "BlackBerry continues to
be an important wireless solution for enterprise data applications and the addition of
phone features and GPRS support will make the BlackBerry value proposition even
stronger," said Dean Douglas, general manager, wireless e-business, IBM Global
Services. "We're very pleased to expand our relationship with RIM to include end-to-end
support and services for the BlackBerry 5800 series to companies internationally."
End-To-End BlackBerry Solution
BlackBerry continues to distinguish itself as the most completely integrated wireless
solution for corporate customers. It is comprised of hardware, software and wireless
services that are designed to meet the needs of both end users and IT departments. The
BlackBerry 5810 incorporates powerful hardware and software features in an easy-to-use
handheld. BlackBerry software enables easy configuration and management as well as
back-end integration with corporate systems and end-to-end security. Advanced
GSM/GPRS networks provide voice services and allow always-on connectivity for
accessing data easily and quickly.
Handheld Design: The BlackBerry 5810 offers “Always On, Always Connected” operation
with integrated voice and data features. Based on RIM's existing palm-sized form factor, the
BlackBerry 5810 is sleek (4.6” x 3.1” x 0.7”) and lightweight (4.7 oz) with an embedded RIM
wireless modem and internal high performance antenna allowing users to carry and use
the handheld comfortably. It features RIM's popular “thumb-typing” keyboard, navigation
trackwheel, large screen, intuitive interface and a headset jack for optional phone services.
Both the screen and keyboard are backlit for easy reading and typing day and night.
Wireless Email: RIM’s patented approach to wireless email is the industry’s most
advanced and popular enterprise solution. BlackBerry 5810 users will enjoy a secure,
wireless extension to their existing enterprise mailbox. There is no need to worry about
retrieving email since the BlackBerry “push architecture” enables email to be automatically
delivered. Users can read, compose, forward, reply, file or delete messages at their
convenience and synchronize their inbox and folders between their BlackBerry 5810 and
PC. A variety of third-party applications even allow the user to view, print and fax email
attachments using their handheld.
Integrated Phone: The built-in, high-quality phone supports GSM voice services and other
optional features such as call waiting, call answer, conference calling and call forwarding.*
It includes an earpiece and microphone that easily attaches for convenient, hands-free
conversation allowing users to read, type or retrieve information while they talk.
SMS: Short Messaging Service (SMS) enables short text messages to be quickly
exchanged between BlackBerry 5810 handhelds and other SMS-enabled devices
(including cell phones) without adding email messages to an inbox. The specially
designed keyboard on the BlackBerry handheld is ideal for typing SMS messages quickly.
Browser*: An increasing variety of optional wireless Internet services are available that
allow fast access to select information on the web including news, travel, business and
entertainment updates. BlackBerry 5810 users can use the BlackBerry browser to access
their carrier’s WAP portal and other WML sites.
Organizer: A full-featured connected organizer is included with calendar, address book,
memo pad and task list applications for maximum productivity. With RIM’s unique wireless
calendar synchronization† features, the user’s online calendar and handheld calendar can
be automatically and wirelessly synchronized without need for a cradle. This means that
the user can initiate, accept or decline meeting requests using their BlackBerry handheld
and their online calendar will also be updated for the benefit of colleagues and assistants
trying to schedule new appointments.
Application Integration: The BlackBerry 5810 features exceptional hardware and software
integration making it very easy to use. A single integrated address book and inbox serve all
email, voice and SMS applications. And you can even click on an email address, telephone
number or URL inside a message to automatically invoke an email message, call the
telephone number or connect to the URL.
J2ME: Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) is a powerful development platform that is optimized for
wireless devices and provides an industry standard programming environment for custom
and commercial development. RIM plans to launch its Java Development Environment for
developers at JavaOne later this month.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server: BlackBerry remains the industry-leading wireless
enterprise solution with thousands of companies that have deployed BlackBerry Enterprise
Server behind their corporate firewall. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software supports
both Microsoft® Exchange and Lotus® Domino™ and provides IT departments with single
mailbox integration, centralized administration, end-to-end encryption (Triple DES),
performance monitoring, configurable handheld security and certain asset tracking tools.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports multiple wireless network standards (currently
including Mobitex, DataTAC and GSM/GPRS), which means that current BlackBerry
Enterprise Server customers in North America will be able to support the BlackBerry 5810
without any change to their back-end infrastructure.
BlackBerry Web Client: In addition to the enterprise email integration option enabled by
BlackBerry Enterprise Server, RIM will introduce a new web-based application called
BlackBerry Web Client (expected to be available to carriers in Spring 2002). It will support
POP3, IMAP and ISP email protocols and allow users to access multiple existing email
accounts from a single BlackBerry handheld (including ISP accounts and a default web
mail account provided with each handheld). BlackBerry Web Client will appeal to
customers that do not currently use Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino and also those
users that wish to access a personal email account in addition to their enterprise email
account. BlackBerry 5810 customers can use the BlackBerry Web Client application to
select their ISP accounts, access their web mail account, configure settings, define email
filters and set auto signatures. Note: IT departments running BlackBerry Enterprise Server
will retain the ability to centrally control and implement policies on handhelds that prevent
access to personal ISP accounts.
GSM/GPRS: General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a global wireless standard that uses
existing GSM (Global System for Mobile telecommunications) radio base stations and
converts wireless data into standard Internet packets, enabling interoperability between the
Internet and the GSM/GPRS network. GPRS efficiently enables BlackBerry handhelds to be
always online without having to pay by the minute.
Pricing and Availability
AT&T Wireless and VoiceStream are now accepting orders for the BlackBerry 5810 in the
United States and are expected to begin shipping within 30 days.
Hardware and airtime pricing are determined by the carriers and will vary based on specific
Customers can place orders today by contacting AT&T Wireless at 1-877-400-1080 or
VoiceStream at 1-866-VSTRB2B.
About Research In Motion
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wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and
integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless
access to time-sensitive information including email, messaging, Internet and
intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party
developers and manufacturers around the world to enhance their products and services
with wireless connectivity. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products includes the RIM
Wireless Handheld™ product line, the BlackBerry™ wireless solution, embedded
radio-modems and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo,
Ontario RIM operates offices in Canada, the United States and Europe. RIM is listed on the
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