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Old 09-19-2007, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New BlackBerry 8820 From AT&T Hits The 'Hot Spot' With Wi-Fi

New Global Handset Complements and Extends AT&T's Industry-Leading International Wireless Reach With Both Cellular and 802.11 Features

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) - Wi-Fi(R) is coming to AT&T's BlackBerry(R) handset customers. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) have announced that the first cellular and Wi-Fi BlackBerry handset - the BlackBerry 8820 - will be available beginning Sept. 20 through the nation's largest wireless provider.

The global Wi-Fi capabilities of the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T complement AT&T's industry-best domestic and international wide area wireless data coverage. AT&T enterprise customers can use the BlackBerry 8820 with their corporate campus Wi-Fi networks for additional data coverage. Individual customers can use it in their homes and, for an additional charge, at thousands of Wi-Fi locations(i) throughout the U.S., including any of the 10,000 AT&T-owned or branded hot spot locations in the U.S. Users can also take advantage of tens of thousands of hot spots around the globe through such services as AT&T Wi-Fi roaming.

AT&T is the leading provider of BlackBerry services worldwide and boasts the broadest domestic and international coverage area for wireless data services of any U.S. carrier. The BlackBerry 8820 is powered by AT&T's nationwide(ii) EDGE network, the largest high speed national wireless data network in the U.S., with availability in more than 13,000 cities and towns and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. The quadband BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T keeps users who are abroad connected with wireless e-mail, Internet access and other mobile applications through data services in more countries - more than 135 - than any other U.S. carrier. Customers can also use the BlackBerry 8820 to make or receive wireless phone calls in more than 190 countries.

"The new BlackBerry 8820 builds on AT&T's leading domestic and international coverage footprint by giving customers the ability to link with their company's wireless campus network or access e-mail and browse the Web at Wi-Fi hot spots even in the few countries in which we do not have data roaming agreements," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Marketing and Operations for AT&T's wireless unit. "That makes the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T an exceptional world phone for global use by business customers and individuals alike."

"The BlackBerry 8820 builds upon the sleek and performance-driven BlackBerry 8800 that has been embraced by business professionals around the world," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at RIM. "This powerful new model has been eagerly anticipated by the market, and we are very pleased to be working with AT&T to launch the first cellular and Wi-Fi BlackBerry handset for customers in the U.S."

The BlackBerry 8820 provides support for 802.11a, b and g with enterprise security features, extending the BlackBerry platform to business customers at public hot spots and on wireless local area networks. Customers can use a BlackBerry 8820 to link to their enterprise through home Wi-Fi networks. They also will be able to access broadband services, such as the nation's leading service from AT&T - AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet.

The BlackBerry 8820 adds Wi-Fi capabilities to its industry-leading set of features, which includes extensive call management and premium phone features, built-in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) - with support for such solutions as TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM) and TeleNav Track(TM) - AT&T's Push-to-Talk service, Bluetooth(R) 2.0, built-in media player and a microSD expandable memory slot for music, photo and video storage.

The BlackBerry 8820 also supports AT&T Mobile Music, an integrated, on-the-go music experience that delivers "your music, your way" by providing simple access to a robust collection of music content, including access to online subscription music content from eMusic, XM Satellite Radio and more.

In addition, the BlackBerry 8820 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, an intuitive trackball navigation system and a large, bright landscape (320 x 240) display. Customers have a vivid and easy-to-use interface for the many popular capabilities of the BlackBerry solution, including mobile access to corporate and personal e-mail, text messages, Web browsing, an organizer, multimedia and corporate data applications.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry 8820 will be available for $299.99 - with a two-year contract and rebate - in all 1,800 AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at Cell Phones and Cell Phone Plans from AT&T, formerly Cingular Wireless and through select national retailers and AT&T business-to-business sales organizations.

Customers who want personal e-mail access and Web browsing with BlackBerry(R) Internet Service can choose the BlackBerry Personal Unlimited plan for as low as $29.99 a month with a qualified voice contract. Unlimited corporate e-mail access via BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server is as low as $44.99 a month when a qualified voice plan also is chosen. Customers who travel overseas can select an unlimited international e-mail access plan for as low as $64.99 a month with a qualified voice plan. Unlimited Push to Talk service is available for an additional monthly charge of $9.99 for each handset and $19.99 for Push to Talk Family. AT&T Push to Talk also features a pay-per-use option of 15 cents a minute. XM Satellite Radio and MusicID, which are features within AT&T Mobile Music, require monthly subscription fees of $8.99 and $3.99, respectively. TeleNav GPS Navigator is available for additional monthly charges of $5.99 for 10 trips and $9.99 for unlimited trips. TeleNav Track service plans are $12.99 to $21.99 for each device.

For more information about the BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T, please visit http://www.wireless.att.com/blackberry8820 or BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone Wireless Handled Device | Sleek Design with High Performance Features | Wi-Fi.

(i)Access charges from individual Wi-Fi hot spot operators may apply

(ii)Not available in all areas

This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at AT&T Corporate Information - News Room.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at DSL Internet, Phone, Wireless and Satellite TV Services | AT&T.

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Old 09-19-2007, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great find. Heard the rumor yesterday, but didn't know if it was true.
Now, my big question is do I trade in my new Curve for the 8820 or keep the Curve. My 30 days is up next Tuesday. I know it's a matter of opinion and personal preference, but which do you think is the better built? I love the camera on the curve, but don't know if it's worth giving up for wi-fi and nav.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The reason I'm sticking with the curve is the size...I just love the way it feels in my hand. I don't care about the camera at all. I barely use it.
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i just got a new job that doesnt allow cameras...so i have to get this asap....EXCEPT...for me its still MIA from the att website as of now....i will get this as soon as its in a store..so ill do a decent review of it for everyone.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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so when can we expect them in stores?
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so when can we expect them in stores?
Tomorrow, or later today after your local stores get their shipments.

A Blackberry with GPS AND WiFi - FINALLY!!!!!!
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I just called 2 stores and they said they don't have them.
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Let us all know when someone finds the first one at a store.
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The wait is almost over!
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so far no derivery to the store I am in!!!
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It'll be interesting to see what price point Amazon discounts this phone to. When the 8820 was still listed on Amazon about a week ago, I believe it was at $150 - $200 after rebates. Anyone else catch this? Please correct me if I'm wrong (or I'll wait a few hours until it pops up on Amazon).

Here's the article and screen grab from Rimarkable.

When I checked Amazon myself after reading the article, it was actually cheaper than what RIMarkable had posted.

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I think I read today that there was a misprint and it wasnt going to be released until tomorrow. Could be wrong though. Are you all 8800 owners who are going to upgrade? I'm looking to buy an old 8800 and dont really care about the wifi.
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Yea, I just read its goin on sale the 20th.....so when comes in stock I will pick it up. I'm dumping my 8300 for this (sorta have to) what should I do with my curve? Keep/sell?
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what can you use the wifi for exactly? besides browsing faster at home or work where you have a computer???

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Yea, I just read its goin on sale the 20th.....so when comes in stock I will pick it up. I'm dumping my 8300 for this (sorta have to) what should I do with my curve? Keep/sell?
Sell it. Im sure someone here would buy it off of you. I am getting this also because I sometimes do training in places where they force me to keep my BB in the lobby drawer guarded by some blond woman chewing gum all day. Not that its a bad thing because it gives me an excuse to talk funny and pretend beg for my phone, but I kind of like to have it. I was an idiot knowing I would have this issue and buying the Pearl anyway. So I will get this and be MUCH happier.
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yea, i think ill sell it after a month or so after im sure the 8820 is something worth staying with...i love the keyboard on the curve....one thing i havent read about the 8820...does it still have those blue leds as keyboard backlight? cause for some reason i cant really see the letters well with that lighting. anyone with the same problem?
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I was going to wait for the 8310 ( Curve with GPS ) but mayb go with the 8820 since I will never use the camera. The form factor of the 8310 is nice from a keyboard perspective but the GPS and Wifi combo is compelling.
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curve with GPS? i think you meant wifi.
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just talked to my friend who works at a local ATT corperate store and he was told Tomorrow or Friday
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curve with GPS? i think you meant wifi.
8300: plain curve
8310: gps curve
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