Vodacom and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone is now available for customers in South Africa.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series of smartphones, and features a premium and iconic design with an incredibly easy-to-use keyboard and optical trackpad.
The new smartphone is elegantly styled and packed with advanced communications and multimedia features. It is also the first BlackBerry Bold smartphone to come with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available from Vodacom in black or white.
Mark Taylor, managing executive at Vodacom says: “We are excited to offer our customers the next evolution of the popular BlackBerry Bold smartphone.
"With its iconic design and rich set of features, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is perfect for South African consumers who aspire to do more with their time and want to easily connect to the people and information that matter most to them.”
Deon Liebenberg, MD for Africa at RIM, adds: “The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone with BlackBerry 6 offers a host of compelling new features, including advanced multimedia, enhanced messaging and easy access to social networks.”
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a compact and stylish smartphone that offers a compelling blend of features, performance and design. It supports 3G networks around the world, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging.
It comes with a 5 megapixel camera and a full complement of high-end features, including continuous auto focus, scene modes, image stabilisation, flash and video recording. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 also includes 512Mb Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32Gb of additional storage.
BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system that retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use.
It integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages quickly for a great browsing experience.
The browser offers fluid navigation using the handset's optical trackpad, includes tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously and provides a zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page's key elements for easier viewing.
Additional features of BlackBerry 6 include expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (social feeds), and integrated access to BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and various instant messaging applications on the BlackBerry Bold 9780.
Its enhanced multimedia experience rivals the best in the industry and includes a dedicated YouTube app.
It also features redesigned Music and Pictures applications, and a new universal search feature that allows users to more effectively search for content on the smartphone, as well as extend their search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone will be available from participating Vodashops and selected Vodacom outlets countrywide.