RIM announces Wifi-enabled BlackBerry 8820

by Volker Weber

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry(R) 8820 smartphone. ... The BlackBerry 8820 is the first dual-mode BlackBerry handset, combining EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and Wi-Fi(R) connectivity for data access and voice support through UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service offerings from various wireless carriers around the world.

To meet various security requirements, 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 includes IPSec-based software that supports the most commonly deployed VPN gateways from vendors including Cisco, Check Point and others.

I shall have one on Monday.

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Ah. And now find a UMA enabled telecoms carrier so you can roam onto a wifi network with voice.. Thats the last part of the puzzle.

T-Mobile seem to have this..

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2007-07-18

About bloomin' time!!

Frank Docherty, 2007-07-18

Bill, sure that T-Mobile support the UMA standard? As far as i know they offer the function but not based on UMA.
Here in europe ;-) Maybe they support UMA somewhere else (eg. US)


Joerg Hochwald, 2007-07-18

oh shiny new BB.

let us know if its good :)

need to replace my 8707 and Pearl with something new

Flemming Riis, 2007-07-19

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