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Sprint Announces BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850
      #41086 - 08/03/11 05:27 PM

It's been a busy day in BlackBerry-land; first RIM announced three new phones, then ATT announced those 3 for their network with 4G HSPA+, and now Sprint is announcing the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 for their 3G network with GSM roaming capabilities. The new Bold and Torch will be available this fall, but there's no exact date or pricing yet.

Both phones offer:
* BlackBerry service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations
* DataViz Docs To Go Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
* BlackBerry App World, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
* BlackBerry Playbook support with BlackBerry Bridge (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
* Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very short distance
* Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications

BlackBerry 7 introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is up to 40 percent faster than BlackBerry 6 based smartphones and up to 100 percent faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones1.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphones also feature Liquid Graphics technology, with each smartphone combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high-resolution display to deliver an incredibly fast, smooth and responsive visual experience.

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry Balance, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook, Twitter, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 use the Sprint 3G Network domestically and offer World Phone capability for international travel to nearly anywhere in the world.


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