RIM Expands OS 7 Phone Distribution


New York - Research In Motion is expanding its distribution of smartphones incorporating its new BlackBerry 7 OS, with AT&T and T-Mobile announcing plans to expand their selection of OS 7 handsets.

AT&T will add three new OS 7 models to bring its selection to four, while T-Mobile will add a second model. All OS 7 phones feature 1.2GHz processor, and many feature touchscreens.


Verizon already offers one OS 7 phone, and Sprint offers two.

AT&T will begin offering the 4G-equipped touchscreen-only BlackBerry Torch 9860 on Nov. 6 at $199, the bar-style 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 with small touchscreen and hard QWERTY keyboard on Nov. 6 at $199, and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 bar-style phone without touchscreen on Nov. 20 for $29.99. They'll join AT&T's previously released 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810, which is equipped with a touchscreen and sliding QWERTY keyboard.

For its part, T-Mobile plans Nov. 9 availability of the 4G Torch 9810 at $249. T-Mobile presales to business customers began today.

The Bold 9900 bar-type phone combines a 2.8-inch touchscreen with hard QWERTY keyboard. It's the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever at 10.5 mm.

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 touchscreen-only phone features a 3.7-inch display and HD video recording. And the Curve 9360 has a 2.44-inch non-touch display with a 5-megapixel camera. A non-camera version will be available from AT&T as well.

The Torch 9810 features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture.

BlackBerry OS 7 specs

include a Liquid Graphics touchscreen on touchscreen-equipped models to deliver fast touch-based navigation, web browsing, pictures, video, and graphics-intensive games with video up to 60 fps. Other BlackBerry 7 OS features include voice-activated search to search for content on the phone and on the web, BlackBerry Balance technology to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and additional personal and productivity apps out of the box.


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