August 18, 2008 / 9:05 PM / in 9 years

RIM's BlackBerry Bold to hit Canada on Thursday

TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc, the owner of Canada’s biggest wireless carrier, will start offering Research In Motion Ltd’s new BlackBerry Bold on Thursday, the telecom firm said.

<p>The new BlackBerry Bold in an undated image courtesy of the company. REUTERS/Handout</p>

The Bold is RIM’s most advanced smartphone to date and is the first BlackBerry to support high-speed HSDPA cellular networks. It comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi and a host of multimedia features.

RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie told Reuters in May that the smartphone, aimed at the company’s base of business users, will cost between $300 and $400. AT&T will be its lead carrier in the United States.

A Rogers spokeswoman said pricing details were not immediately available.

The smartphone is expected to be available with carriers around the world by the end of this week, although AT&T has not disclosed when it will launch the device.

In part because the Bold is being launched with a large number of carriers around the world, its introduction is not simultaneous. For example, the smartphone is already available in Germany.

The Bold features the most vivid display ever on a BlackBerry, a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capability, and a media player for watching movies and managing music collections.

RIM shares eased 70 Canadian cents, or 0.5 percent, to finish at C$135.56 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. On the Nasdaq, they fell $1.79, or 1.4 percent, to close at C$127.01.

($1=$1.06 Canadian)

Reporting by Wojtek Dabrowski; editing by Rob Wilson

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