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WorldIRC
11-09-2005, 10:08 AM
As taken from Efrant on Hofo

1674 DJ 9-Nov-05 at 07:20:00 09:13
PRESS RELEASE: Rogers Wireless and Research In Motion Introduce
the BlackBerry 8700r

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TORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Rogers Wireless
(TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM)
today announced a major leap forward in wireless innovation - the
BlackBerry(R) 8700r Wireless Handheld(TM) will be available in Canada
beginning November 29th. The BlackBerry 8700r elegantly integrates state-of-
the-art hardware, software and network technologies to provide the ultimate
balance of performance, design and function. The first BlackBerry device
available in Canada to support high-speed EDGE network technology, the
BlackBerry 8700r enables superior Web browsing, faster wireless connectivity
and will operate exclusively on the Rogers Wireless GSM/GPRS/EDGE network,
Canada's largest high-speed wireless data network.

The BlackBerry 8700r is ideal for customers who want a lightweight, all-
in-one device with best-in-class performance for email, phone, Web browsing
and corporate data applications. Customers will experience:


- Noticeably faster Web browsing, application performance and
attachment viewing,
- An exceptionally bright, high-resolution landscape QVGA (320 x 240)
LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colours and utilizes active
matrix transmissive technology to deliver vivid graphics,
- Intelligent auto-sensing technology to automatically adjust the LCD
and keyboard lighting to provide an optimized view in outdoor, indoor
and dark environments,
- The ability to store and run more enterprise, personal productivity
and game applications with a powerful Intel(R) processor, as well as
64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SRAM,
- Complete, high-end phone features with dedicated "send," "end" and
"mute" phone keys as well as intuitive call management features such
as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial and call forwarding,
- Bluetooth(R) support and built-in speakerphone for hands-free
operation,
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE network support for connectivity across
Canada as well as seamless international roaming in over 170
countries,
- The optimized and smoothly integrated functionality that BlackBerry
users have come to expect with support for email, phone, Web
browsing, text messaging, organizer and corporate data applications,
- An easy-to-use, full QWERTY keyboard in a sleek, stylish and
lightweight device.


The introduction of the BlackBerry 8700r is another leading example of
Rogers Wireless' and RIM's commitment to providing the best in high-quality
wireless communications, enabling customers to truly mobilize the workforce
and save time by providing access to the people and information needed to
conduct business from anywhere.

"Rogers Wireless is proud to bring Canadians the BlackBerry 8700r, the most
powerful BlackBerry device operating on our GSM/GPRS/EDGE network coast-
to-coast and around the world," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President &
Chief Marketing Officer. "Business customers are in a constant race against
time, and with the BlackBerry 8700r they can make the most of every minute
with unparalleled access and connectivity to their phone, email and data, as
well as faster Internet browsing, attachment viewing and access to corporate
applications - all in a new, sleek design."

"We are very pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Rogers
Wireless and introduce the BlackBerry 8700r to Canadian customers," said Mike
Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry 8700r is
a dramatic step forward in mobile communications, delivering an unrivaled user
experience that leverages the combined power of the BlackBerry platform, Intel
PXA901 cellular processor and Rogers Wireless' high-speed EDGE network."

"Rogers Wireless and RIM have both demonstrated their commitment to
delivering innovative, full-featured mobile devices," said Sam Arditi, Vice
President and General Manager of Intel's Cellular Handheld Group. "Using Intel
XScale(R)-based communications processor technology, the new BlackBerry 8700r
provides Rogers Wireless customers with the advanced voice and data features
they want, in an elegant, functional design."

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly
integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell
GroupWise(R) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure,
push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, Rogers offers BlackBerry Internet
Service(TM) which allows customers to access up to ten supported email
accounts from a single device. And customers who choose the BlackBerry 8700r
from Rogers Wireless will enjoy the unique added benefit of exclusive,
dedicated BlackBerry sales representatives and support services.

The BlackBerry 8700r will cost C $499.99 with a 3-year service agreement
from Rogers Wireless and will be available for purchase across Canada through
select Rogers Wireless dealers and retail points of sale, or online at
www.rogers.com/8700r.

For more information on the BlackBerry 8700r, visit www.rogers.com/8700r or
www.blackberry.com.

barjohn
11-09-2005, 10:14 AM
That's $420.78 in U.S. dollars. Yikes!! That black coloring is expensive. No wonder Cingular opted for grey...it costs less:) Beauty is in the ey$$e's of the beholder.

map
11-09-2005, 10:24 AM
Looks like you Canadians will pay anything so long as it looks like a hockey puck ;-)

corey@12mile
11-09-2005, 10:37 AM
Ya... they had the launch event this morning in Toronto... unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, but I do know a couple of people from here did make it.

If they choose, they may write up a little blurb about it, but they may not...

cd.

WorldIRC
11-09-2005, 10:49 AM
One more post Corey :)

corey@12mile
11-09-2005, 10:51 AM
Actually I didn't even notice that I was that close...

I better make it a good one...

Oh wait... darn it... I screwed this up... ;)

cd.

Daverth2
11-09-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi,

Will dealers have this phone in their stores on the 29th or is that just when the fax comes in and they can order them?Thanks a lot.

Dave

WorldIRC
11-09-2005, 11:36 AM
Rumor is they are unlockd (the cingular ones.)...why would I not buy an unlocked one from the states with no term for much cheaper...499 on 3 yr is a heck of a lot..

mrogers
11-09-2005, 01:06 PM
Wow that one looks pretty good too. Every single 8700 I've seen looks better than the Cingular one. Damn.

test
11-09-2005, 01:37 PM
Wow that one looks pretty good too. Every single 8700 I've seen looks better than the Cingular one. Damn.

looks just like the cingular one, only black...

what was the original black one we saw? that was better...

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000993060863/

8700?
http://img.engadget.com/common/images/3060000000046983.JPG?0.35518360207772526

8700c
http://img.engadget.com/common/images/3060000000048895.JPG?0.7480607964990851

8700r
http://www.shoprogers.com/images/banner_blackberry8700r.gif

jibi
11-09-2005, 01:46 PM
A cheezy actress named "Isis" presented the RIM and Rogers rep.

HAH! That was my ex-g/f's stage name for her stripping job. haha. (y)

bdestephen
11-09-2005, 02:53 PM
http://www.shoprogers.com/store/wireless/services/blackberrycomingsoon.asp

bdestephen
11-09-2005, 02:58 PM
What happened to Cingular's 90 day exclusive period for the 8700? I suppose that was just a rumor?

motorsport96
11-09-2005, 03:00 PM
i still like the grey one. (y)

BB Junkie
11-09-2005, 03:11 PM
What happened to Cingular's 90 day exclusive period for the 8700? I suppose that was just a rumor?

Nah, Cingular has the rights to sell 8700 in the USA for first 90 days before other US wireless carriers can sell.

barjohn
11-09-2005, 03:14 PM
The exclusivity was limited to the USA as I understand it.

Tom
11-09-2005, 04:29 PM
This thread has been split into:
http://www.blackberryforums.com/showthread.php?t=18818

Boy Genius
11-09-2005, 04:32 PM
Cingular has a 90-day exclusive that started November 1st, to be exact. And correct that is only in the USA for exclusivity.

Scotty_T
11-09-2005, 09:31 PM
Rumor is they are unlockd (the cingular ones.)...why would I not buy an unlocked one from the states with no term for much cheaper...499 on 3 yr is a heck of a lot..

No chance these will ship unlocked - you are misinformed. Cingular stopped doing this quite some time ago.

Boy Genius
11-09-2005, 11:30 PM
You never know...all the ones they gave out at the event are unlocked. Pretty stupid to have them unlocked at a CINGULAR launch party don't you think? Have you tried putting a T-Mobile SIM in a 8700c?

caissa
11-10-2005, 02:24 AM
Guess I'll be keeping my hiptop with the $20 a month unlimited data plan!

Mark Rejhon
11-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Guess I'll be keeping my hiptop with the $20 a month unlimited data plan!Sidekicks (hiptops) are excellent devices especially among the deaf, however, some of us like the BlackBerries which can do much more than a Hiptop can, nowadays... (and with the 8700, a much better quality and more colorful screen too!)