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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Blackberry 8820

1. Introduction and Specifications

BlackBerry devices are hitting the market place at a staggering rate - nine new devices were introduced just this year alone. The newest wave of BlackBerries are tending to be "upgrades" to the Pearl, Curve and 8820 series devices. The newest feature - that has potential to be a "killer" feature is WiFi. While not new on Smartphones - this is revolutionary for a BlackBerry.

Recently, I had the chance to take a look at the new 8820 for AT&T. This is essentially the trusted 8800 (which has replaced the 8700 series) as the staple of Corporate America.

The 8820 is dressed in Corporate "Black" attire and sports the trackball (as do all the BlackBerries). If you are in the market for a BlackBerry - this might just be the device for you. Read on for a comprehensive look at the new BlackBerry 8820.

About RIM

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM).

Here are the features and specification on the BlackBerry 8820 from the RIM web site:

The new BlackBerry 8820 is the first WiFi-enabled BlackBerry device that also supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE data coverage! The built-in 802.11a/b/g Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) support enables additional data coverage by utilizing existing wireless networks at work or at home. Add to that the ultra fast data rates provided by WLAN connectivity and you have a robust device that doesn't compromise on core functionality and features.

Features Available

The BlackBerry 8820 features complete functionality, including*:

  • Wireless email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Phone
  • BlackBerry® Maps
  • Media player
  • Corporate data access 1
  • SMS/MMS 1
  • GPS 1
  • Wi-Fi support so you can connect to virtually any Wi-Fi network**
  • 64 MB of memory and expandable memory via microSD card†
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Dedicated Send, End and Mute keys, a trackball navigation system, plus user definable convenience keys
  • Speakerphone and Voice Dialing
  • High capacity battery
  • Bluetooth® capability for hands-free dialogue via headsets and car kits
  • Stereo headset capable
  • Integrated attachment viewing
  • Compatibility with popular Personal Information Management (PIM) software
  • High resolution, light sensing screen that adjusts lighting levels automatically for ideal indoor and outdoor viewing
  • Easy email integration with your business and/or personal email accounts


Features Available

  • Wireless email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Phone
  • BlackBerry® Maps
  • Media player
  • Corporate data access 1
  • SMS
  • MMS 1
  • GPS 1

Size and Weight

  • 4.49"/114mm (Length)
  • 2.60"/66mm (Width)
  • 0.55"/14mm (Depth)
  • 4.73 oz/134g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation

  • Trackball
  • QWERTY (Keyboard)
  • Keyboard backlighting

Voice Input/Output

  • Stereo headset capable
  • Headset jack
  • Integrated earpiece/ microphone
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)


  • Font size (user selectable)
  • Color display
  • Backlighting
  • Light sensing screen

Media Player

  • Supported audio formats: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263, WMV


  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • MP3 ringtones
  • Vibrate mode
  • LED indicator

Battery Type

  • 1400 mAhr (Removable/ rechargeable lithium cell)

Approximate Battery Life

  • 528 hours or 22 days (Standby time)
  • 300 minutes or 5 hours (Talk time)


  • Expandable memory – support for microSD card
  • 64 MB (Flash memory)


  • RIM® wireless modem
  • Tethered modem capability 1

Email Integrations

  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
  • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
  • Integrates with existing personal email account
  • Integrates with optional new device account

Accessories Included

  • USB cable
  • Wall charger

Device Security

  • Password protection and keyboard lock
  • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 2
  • Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Network

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g 3
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a 3
  • North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • EDGE networks


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