The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone has been launched today by Verizon. This is the first global CDMA/GSM BlackBerry with new Global BlackBerry service for an "always-on, always connected" wireless email solution.
The Global BlackBerry service also allows customers to place and receive voice calls from more than 160 countries and send and receive emails in the United States, Canada, Mexico and more than 90 countries worldwide. With Global BlackBerry service, Verizon Wireless customers receive the Global Support Pack, which includes a SIM card, a user reference guide and details on accessing the Global Help Desk for 24-hour customer support, seven days a week.
The new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition specs:
EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 90 countries
GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and email while traveling internationally
Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode
Thin form factor of just 14mm for both style and easy handling
New Trackball navigation system
Expandable memory option with microSD card (sold separately)
Bluetooth capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-free, dial-up networking and serial port
Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)
Instant Messaging capabilities for quick and easy communication
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone is available today in Stores for $299.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the device is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase.