News Release

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone Available In Verizon Wireless Communications Stores Today

Domestic Users and Globetrotters Can Stay Connected with the Latest in BlackBerry Design and Technology

May 27, 2007

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7518

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced the first Global CDMA/GSM BlackBerry® is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores today. Verizon Wireless' new Global BlackBerry service, an "always-on, always connected" wireless e-mail solution is also available, providing quick, easy access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, organizer and the Web while on-the-go. With the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, customers get wireless e-mail and the convenience of one local number for domestic and international use in Australia, Europe, parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

Verizon Wireless' new Global BlackBerry service allows customers to place and receive voice calls from more than 160 countries and send and receive e-mails 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. Customers also receive a calling card for free support calls while traveling outside of the U.S. from any landline phone to technical support if the BlackBerry 8830 is lost, broken or stolen. Features and Pricing for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone and Global BlackBerry Service.

The new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone packs the latest features into a stylish global device and offers the following capabilities and features:

  • EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 90 countries
  • GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail 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
  • Media player
  • Expandable memory option with microSD card (sold separately)
  • Speakerphone
  • 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 Verizon Wireless Communications 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.

Customers signing up for Global BlackBerry service will get unlimited e-mail in the United States, Canada and more than 90 countries worldwide for $64.99 monthly access with a qualifying voice plan, or for $69.99 monthly access without a voice plan. Customers can also add a "Pay As You Go" data feature to any qualifying voice plan for an additional $20 per Megabyte. Customers wanting to use the BlackBerry 8830 for e-mail solely in the U.S. may opt for an unlimited e-mail plan beginning at $49.99 monthly access.

For more information on the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/blackberry or www.verizonwireless.com/vzglobal.  

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