Event Report: RIM Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2010


RIM held its annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) event in Orlando, Florida, on 27 to 29 April 2010. On the day before WES, the company also hosted its Capital Markets Day, where it announced two new products: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G. The 9650 is an addition to the BlackBerry Bold family and is a successor to the Tour 9630, featuring support for EV-DO, GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA technologies.

The Pearl 3G adds tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 3G, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and GPS to the original 2G 8100 launched in September 2006. The device comes in two designs: the 9100, with a 20-key condensed qwerty keypad, and the 9105, which offers a traditional 14-key layout.

Mike Lazaridis, RIM's president and co-CEO, also used his Capital Markets Day presentation to unveil BlackBerry OS 6. The new platform was demonstrated in a promotional video and said to be available "in the next calendar quarter". Detailed features and specifications were not provided.

RIM also announced its Mobile Voice System (MVS) 5.0. The system adds an MVS server and works with Cisco's Unified Communications Manager to deliver enhanced voice-over-Wi-Fi functionality between leading PBXs and BlackBerry devices. The system is scheduled for availability later this year.