AT&T Inc. and Research in Motion are releasing the first Wi-Fi BlackBerry handset, the companies said Wednesday.
The BlackBerry 8820 will be available Thursday and supports 802.11a, b and g with enterprise security features. AT&Ts enterprise customers can use it with their corporate Wi-Fi networks and individual customers can use it in their homes and at other Wi-Fi locations across the country for an additional charge.
The device is powered by AT&Ts EDGE network.
The new BlackBerry 8820 builds on AT&Ts leading domestic and international coverage footprint by giving customers the ability to link with their companys wireless campus network or access e-mail and browse the Web at Wi-Fi hot spots even in the few countries in which we do not have data roaming agreements, said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Marketing and Operations for AT&Ts wireless unit.
The BlackBerry 8820 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, a trackball navigation system and a large display. BlackBerry features such as mobile access to corporate and personal e-mail, text messages, Web browsing, an organizer, multimedia and corporate data applications also are included. It also has video, music and Bluetooth capabilities.
The BlackBerry 8820 will be available for $299.99 with a two-year contract and rebate. Data plans start at $29.99 a month, BlackBerry Enterprise Server plans begin at $44.99 and international e-mail access plans start at $64.99.