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News | 03/05/2002 5:00 am EST

Java-based BlackBerry introduced at Comdex
Research in Motion Ltd. has unveiled its first GSM/GPRS-capable handheld, the Java-based BlackBerry 5810. The device integrates voice, email and PDA functionality, and features a micro-browser for web surfing. At its core, the 5810 sports the Java 2 Micro Edition as its operating system, which RIM executives tout as a secure, open platform for customers, carriers and developers. In the U.S., both AT&T Wireless and VoiceStream will sell the device, rounding out Canadian sales by Rogers Wireless Communications – though exact details of when the product will launch have yet to be announced. A European GSM/GPRS device will be sold in Europe where frequencies are slightly different. Global giant IBM has also signed on to provide business consulting and systems integration for the device.

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