BlackBerry announced today that the social BlackBerry 9720 smartphone has been made available in South Africa. The device has been designed to incorporate everything users would expect in a feature phone, starter smartphone or existing BlackBerry Curve – and updated with some smartphone functionalities.
“The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone is now available from Vodacom, and is expected to be available from other authorized carriers and retailers in South Africa in the first week of September. The new smartphone is supported on the popular BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS),” BlackBerry said in a statement.
According to the company, it also offers generous battery life, and numerous enhancements including:
· BlackBerry 7 OS – The new BlackBerry 9720 comes with BlackBerry 7 OS version 7.1, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.
· BBM – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM key that makes it quick and convenient to access the globally popular mobile social network, and with its BlackBerry Keyboard, messaging your BBM friends is easy and accurate. It includes BBM Voice, which lets you chat over Wi-Fi. The latest version of BBM, which features BBM Channels, will also soon be available for download on the BlackBerry World storefront, letting you tune in and connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups you are passionate about.
· Built-in FM Radio – With the BlackBerry 9720 you can listen to local FM stations, and automatically let your BBM friends know what station you’re currently listening to.
· Multicast to Make Yourself Heard in an Instant – The refreshed BlackBerry 7 OS lets you quickly type your message once and post it simultaneously and instantly to your friends on BBM, Twitter and Facebook. You can even snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.
· Discover New Possibilities – With access to BlackBerry 7 apps and games on BlackBerry World, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone can make you more productive and better informed, and keep you well connected and thoroughly entertained, while on the move.
· Smart for Business Too – With BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the BlackBerry 9720 offers superior business productivity features with market-leading mobile device management, application management and security, and is a very cost-effective solution for any organization.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor