orangeWhile North America eagerly awaits the arrival of the 8820 it looks like Spain is going to be the first country to get the Wi-Fi enabled and GPS-equipped smartphone. The BlackBerry 8820 will be introduced by provider Orange next week according to a RIM press release .

According to the release to meet various security requirements for users accessing a Wi-Fi connection, the BlackBerry 8820 is compliant with Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP (Wireless Equivalency Protocol), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2, as well as Cisco Compatible Extensions for simple, secure connectivity with Cisco wireless solutions. For enterprises that require Wi-Fi users to access the corporate network through a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

The BlackBerry 8820 also includes built-in GPS that provides support for a wide range of location based applications and services. This smartphone from Orange Spain also comes with BlackBerry Maps pre-installed, providing users step-by-step with driving directions, which is useful when you are zipping in and out of lanes down Las Ramblas in Barcelona looking for that awesome paella place.

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