TechXNY: RIM ripens new BlackBerries

Research in Motion will showcase its latest BlackBerry devices at PC Expo, the expo portion of Technology Exchange Week New York...

Research in Motion will showcase its latest BlackBerry devices at PC Expo, the expo portion of Technology Exchange Week New York (TechXNY), which is being held this week.

There are three new BlackBerry devices, designed for different networks. The first is for dual band GSM/GPRS networks, and can operate on both the US 1,900MHz band and the Europe/Asia Pacific 900MHz band. This model is expected to be available later this year.

The second new device is the first BlackBerry to be designed for CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) networks. The third is based on J2ME (Java 2 Enterprise Edition), allowing it to run various business applications, and will have access to the US iDEN (Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network), a digital cellular network focused on business and corporate users, RIM said. Both of these devices are expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

RIM will also show new features that have been added to BlackBerry's server management software. These are expected to include support for Microsoft's Exchange and Lotus Development's Domino, plus a new Web-based application called BlackBerry Web Client. BlackBerry Web Client will allow users to access multiple existing e-mail accounts from their BlackBerry device. These features are expected to be available in either the third or the fourth quarter this year.

BlackBerry is currently available in North America, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong. The company has recently announced additional plans for an Australian and Mainland China launch.

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