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Research In Motion announces more PlayBook models

BlackBerry Apps World reaches 27 more markets as new travel app is launched

Research In Motion announces more PlayBook models
Research In Motion has announced that it will be released two new PlayBook models, bringing the total to four.

Research In Motion has revealed plans to launch two additional BlackBerry4G PlayBook tablets during the second half of 2011, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These new devices will feature support for LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks.

"The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is already being widely recognised for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools. We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook's many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users," said Mike Lazaridis, president and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.

RIM will now offer four tablets; these are the BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + WiMax, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + LTE and the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + HSPA+.

Research In Motion also announced that BlackBerry App World is now available in 27 more markets worldwide; bringing the total number of countries it is available in to 101. BlackBerry App World is designed to allow customers to discover and download a wide range of mobile applications for their BlackBerry smartphones.

According to the company, BlackBerry users are downloading an average of over two million apps per day from BlackBerry App World. There are over 20,000 BlackBerry apps available today.

"There is high demand for BlackBerry apps and we're delighted to be opening up the BlackBerry App World online store to customers in an additional 27 markets today," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president, BlackBerry Platform, Research In Motion. "It's never been easier to develop apps for BlackBerry smartphones and we look forward to seeing the rich catalog of personal and business oriented  apps continue to grow." 

All BlackBerry phones with a trackball, trackpad or touch screen running BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher can access App World and it can be downloaded via computer or directly from their smartphone by visiting www.blackberry.com/appworld or mobile.blackberry.com.

Research in Motion also announced a new app, available in App World called BlackBerry Travel. The app is designed to provide BlackBerry smartphone users with an integrated experience to plan, book and manage their travels and itineraries while on the go.

"The BlackBerry Travel app is set to be the next must-have tool for travellers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar," said Jim Tobin, senior vice president, Software and Services at RIM. "We also think the BlackBerry Travel app represents a great opportunity for travel industry leaders to work with RIM to deliver enhanced services and better travel experiences for their customers, and new revenue opportunities for travel providers."

Research in Motion and Telefonica are currently working to introduce BlackBerry App World with integrated carrier billing on a global basis.

This will allow Telefonica customers to purchase apps from BlackBerry App World and charge the purchases directly to their monthly bill.

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