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4G compatibility promised for new Blackberry model

Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed that its forthcoming new Blackberry 10 smartphone will provide UK users with access to the latest fourth generation (4G) mobile network technology.

The new model, which makes its worldwide debut on January 30th, will utilise the 4G service currently – and thus far exclusively – provided in the UK by network operator Everything Everywhere (EE).

4G has a distinct advantage over 3G technology in that it is capable of delivering much faster broadband speeds. It is not yet known, however, whether the new Blackberry model will also be compatible with the version of 4G currently being planned by EE’s rival network operators, O2 and Vodafone – which will make use a frequency of 800MHz and 2.6GHz, rather than the 1800 MHz used by EE.

On the other hand, the new model is understood to be additionally capable of supporting the 4G versions used in other European countries and the US.

Compatibility with 4G in the US is seen as particularly significant for RIM given the company’s admission in October that its market share in that country had suffered as a result of not yet having adopted 4G for its Blackberry handsets.

Meanwhile, RIM has revealed that it is currently supervising a pilot test of the new Blackberry 10 model across 120 firms and government departments prior to the end of January public release.

The new Blackberry model will, it is understood, be released in a keyboard and touchscreen hybrid format, as well as in a purely touchscreen design – although it is not yet known how much either will retail for.

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