RIM is really spreading around the launch of their next evolution in BlackBerry handheld devices. While Spain is first to receive the new 8820, Mobilkom A1 in Austria has just introduced the new BlackBerry Curve 8310 (quickly following up it's July 31st release in Germany). The 8310 kicks things up another notch with the addition of built-in GPS. Unless Wi-Fi is a must-have, the addition of GPS to the Curve form factor is going to be a big hit with business users worldwide as the device makes it way to more carriers.
Press Release, Special Introductory Offer, and Product Features After the Jump
Mobilkom A1 Introduces the New BlackBerry Curve 8310 to Austria
Free six month trial of the BlackBerry Curve 8310 from Mobilkom A1
Austria - Mobilkom A1 is today introducing the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310 smartphone to Austria. The new BlackBerry Curve 8310 is available exclusively in Austria from Mobilkom A1 now and is packed with distinctive BlackBerry smartphone functionality, including comprehensive email capabilities, fast web browsing, and premium phone features, as well as consumer-friendly features such as a 2 megapixel camera, media player and a powerful desktop software suite for managing multimedia content. The BlackBerry Curve 8310 also includes built-in GPS.
Use of the BlackBerry solution from Mobilkom A1 is free of charge for six months for customers that register before 31 October 2007.
"Mobilkom A1 is now exclusively introducing the flagship mobile email solution to the Austrian market with an exciting new product in the BlackBerry Curve 8310," says Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, Marketing Director Mobilkom A1 Austria and Marketing Director Telekom Austria TA AG. "With an integrated navigation solution, built-in camera and, of course, the convenient push email technology, the BlackBerry Curve 8310 is an ideal mobile device for sole proprietors and small businesses. It serves as an all-in-one communications center, with the added bonus of a navigation tool."
All in One: The Perfect Business Package
The BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone offers an unprecedented combination of functions in a single device: Push email, which supports email and attachment handling anytime, anywhere, as well as mobile calendar and contact management functions, which help make working both efficient and flexible. Included with the BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone is A1 NAVI – a GPS navigation solution that provides the latest mapping and routing technology using 3-D maps, nighttime mode and an improved search function. In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone features an integrated camera with 2 megapixel resolution. Also included are a media player and full German QWERTZ keyboard .
Exclusively from Mobilkom A1 and Now Free of Charge for Six Months
The new BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone is available from EUR 199.00 with first-time A1 registration on MY NEXT as of 20 August 2007. Customers who buy the new BlackBerry smartphone during the promotional period, which lasts until 31 October 2007, can use A1 NAVI with the BlackBerry Professional data plan for six months at no cost. Thereafter BlackBerry Professional, with a 5 MB data package, is available for EUR 9.00 per month. And those who opt for the A1 NAVI package can continue to use the off-board navigation system throughout Austria after the promotional period expires for only EUR 6.00 per month.
New: BlackBerry Connect-enabled Smartphones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson
Mobilkom A1 is now also introducing new BlackBerry software for the latest business smartphones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. The Nokia E90, Nokia E61i and Sony Ericsson P1i come with BlackBerry Connect 4.0 either pre-installed or downloadable – and best of all the software is free of charge. BlackBerry Connect allows BlackBerry® Enterprise Server customers to conveniently access BlackBerry services on their Nokia E90, Nokia E61i or Sony Ericsson P1i, which can be activated and managed wirelessly, with email, contact data and other information synchronised over the air. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server tightly integrates with IBM Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange, and Novell® GroupWise® and uses high-level security thanks to industry leading 256-bit encryption. In case of loss or theft, data on the device can be erased remotely.
Detailed information on the A1 NAVI and BlackBerry tariffs is available at:
http://www.a1.net/privat/a1navitarife and http://www.a1.net/business/optionblackberrykaufen.
BlackBerry Curve Features:
- Phone, email, text messaging (SMS and MMS), browser, instant messaging and organizer applications in a single smartphone
- 2 megapixel camera with built-in flash
- Next-generation media player with audio and video playback in a variety of formats*
- High capacity battery
- Preloaded with BlackBerry® Maps application**
- Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) BlackBerry Curve 8310 only
- Trackball navigation system
- Dynamic, highly responsive experience when viewing attachments and graphics, browsing the web and running applications
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Bluetooth® headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported
- High resolution LCD screen with light sensing technology
- Polyphonic and MP3 ringtones
- 64 MB of memory and expandable memory via microSD card***
- Quad-band support for 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM™/GPRS and EDGE**** networks