All Aussie telcos to get BlackBerry Torch

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) this morning revealed its new Torch 9800 handset and BlackBerry 6 operating system, which was unveiled overnight in the US, would be available from all of Australia's major mobile telcos.

BlackBerry Torch

BlackBerry Torch (Credit: RIM)

"We look forward to bringing the BlackBerry Torch smartphone and the BlackBerry 6 experience to Australia with Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and 3 in the coming months. We will keep you posted with further updates," RIM said in a statement.

The Torch is the company's first handset to combine both a BlackBerry keyboard (which many users still prefer over the new wave of touchscreen interfaces) with a touchscreen of the kind found on flagship RIM handsets such as the Storm.

The Torch will also be the first BlackBerry handset to feature version 6 of the Canadian manufacturer's operating system.

The user interface has been redesigned for Blackberry 6, and RIM is touting better integration with various social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) and instant messaging applications. A new browser based on the popular WebKit code has been integrated — including tabbed browsing.

RIM said as well as shipping on the Torch, BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for a range of its other existing handsets — the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the Bold 9650 and the Pearl 3G.

The Torch will feature a 3.2-inch 360x480 capacitive touchscreen display, a 624MHz processor and 512MB of flash memory, plus 4GB of built-in storage and a microSD/SDHD expansion slot that can take a card with up to 32GB of memory. An additional 4GB card is included.

The handset's included camera is rated at 5 megapixels and can record video at up to 640x480 resolution. Wireless access using the 802.11b/g/n standards is supported, and tri-band HSDPA and quad-band EDGE support on the cellular networks.

RIM has not yet released any Australian pricing for the Torch, but it will be available for US$199.99 on a two-year contract with AT&T in the US.


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JulieO posted a comment   

I've had two iPhones now; the 3GS and iPhone 4 and I'm over it and headed back to Blackberry. Poor signal and poor battery are main issues and what's the point of a flashy phone if it won't make actually phone calls? It's Blackberry for me.


Jeff posted a comment   

AjL, I really hope that was a joke.


mr big posted a comment   

this looks to be a great phone fron rim, looking forward to seeing it up close


Greg posted a comment   

Will I be able to get the Blackberry 6 operating system on my storm 2?


jniranjan posted a reply   

Sadly, no. the only au model you will be able to update is the bold 9700.


AjL posted a comment   

iPhone4 is better cos it is an iPhone?.....

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