TELUS the availability CDMA/GSM BlackBerry(R) 8830 World Edition smartphone. TELUS also announced the expansion of its global roaming services to enable clients with the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition to use voice and data services internationally on GSM/GPRS networks(*).

“Globetrotting TELUS clients now have access to the superior TELUS experience and ultimate productivity benefits of BlackBerry services while traveling internationally, thanks to the BlackBerry 8830 and TELUS global roaming services,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of Products and Services. “The BlackBerry 8830, with its mix of wireless high-speed access, global roaming capabilities, enterprise services, QWERTY keyboard and stylish form factor, is sure to meet the needs of business and consumer clients alike. The addition of the BlackBerry World Edition smartphone to our wireless line-up is part of our commitment to providing clients with the latest in innovative wireless technology to meet their needs.”

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion, said: “The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine CDMA and GSM connectivity and it brings those two network technologies together in RIM’s thinnest handset design. When coupled with the powerful TELUS network services, the BlackBerry 8830 provides an exceptional choice for customers who want a full featured and stylish smartphone with all the power of the BlackBerry solution.”

TELUS’ enhanced global roaming service provides users of the BlackBerry 8830 with voice calling and an “always-on, always connected” wireless e-mail solution for access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, organizer and the Web while travelling internationally.

In North America, users get access to CDMA’s superior coverage, including access to high-speed, broadband-like wireless data downloads with EVDO – Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast 3G wireless network. With typical download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second and maximum possible speeds of more than 2 megabits per second, EVDO offers download speeds that are more than five times faster than GSM EDGE technology thereby providing clients with a superior experience throughout North America. Wireless high-speed is currently available to more than two-thirds of Canadians and throughout 242 U.S. cities. Where the wireless high-speed (EVDO) network is not available, the BlackBerry 8830 will function throughout TELUS’ 1X network, which offers digital coverage to more than 94 per cent of Canadians. When outside of North America and CDMA coverage, clients using the BlackBerry 8830 smartphone can access GSM’s broad worldwide coverage(*).

The BlackBerry 8830 smartphone also features:

Access to EVDO, for the fastest and largest 3G mobile roaming network in Canada and the United States for BlackBerry devices
GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling internationally(*)
Full QWERTY keyboard
Bluetooth capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-free, dial-up networking and serial port
Media player for use with MPEG4 and H.263 video, and MP3 and AAC music files
Expandable memory with optional microSD memory card
Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)
New trackball navigation system for ease of use