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Airtel and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone in India
Published on 5 Aug. 2009 1:32 AM IST
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Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a world leader in wireless innovation, today launched the BlackBerry Curve 8520, a slim, new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones that brings ease-of-use to email, messaging, social networking, music and entertainment for people on the go. Offered at the attractive price of Rs.15,990, the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be available nationally from Airtel’s authorised outlets through Bharti Teletech Limited across India on August 7th. “It has been our commitment to introduce innovative and cutting edge technology to our users and we are delighted to be the first to introduce the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone to all Airtel users at an aggressive price of Rs 15,990,” said Raghunath Mandava, Chief Marketing Officer, Mobile Services, Airtel. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable, feature-rich smartphone. It introduces an innovative touch-sensitive trackpad, which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for a great navigation experience. It is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, which are smoothly integrated along the top of the handset giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone from Airtel measures 109 mm x 60 mm x 13.90 mm (L x W x D) and weighs only 106 grams (including battery). It comes packed with features including: Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys (Play/Pause/ Mute, Back and Forward) conveniently integrated across the top of the smartphone for a seamless look, plus a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and BlackBerry Media Sync, which makes it easy to quickly synch music from iTunes and Windows Media Player with the smartphone, innovative trackpad for easy navigation, enables easy, touch-sensitive scrolling and depresses to make a selection, 256MB Flash memory and a 512Mhz next generation processor for enhanced performance, expandable memory via hot swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting cards of up to 16 GB today and expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available, easy mobile access to instant messaging and social networking services like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Windows Live Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger, bright, large (2.46” inch), high resolution color display (supports over 65,000 colors), digital camera with zoom and video recording (note: video recording requires microSD memory card, which may be sold separately), full HTML web browser with support for online streaming video (RTSP),built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), quad-band EDGE for global connectivity, premium phone features including voice activated dialling and Bluetooth (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals, BlackBerry Internet Service support, which allows users to access up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts, BlackBerry Enterprise Server support, which provides corporate customers with advanced security and IT administration features within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments, rechargeable/removable 1150 mAhr battery for up to 4.5 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time, Airtel customers can sms ‘BB’ to 543210 to register to purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and to get more information about the plans offered with the smartphone, and certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies

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