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Samsung shows Blackberry, Wi-Fi handsets

But no word yet on when the T719 will ship

Samsung is showing several mobile phone handsets at the CTIA Wireless event in Las Vegas, including models with support for the BlackBerry service and Wi-Fi connectivity, it said today.

The T719 handset includes RIM's (Research in Motion's) BlackBerry Connect, software supporting RIM's popular push email technology. The phone's keypad is five keys wide by four deep, and onto these are mapped letters from a qwerty keyboard in an attempt to make typing easier than using a conventional phone keypad. Other features of the quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) handset include a 1.3Mp (megapixel) camera, Bluetooth and EDGE data support.

Samsung didn't say when the T719 would become available but said it expects it to be the first phone available in the US with Blackberry Connect. To accomplish this it would have to launch before Sony Ericsson's P990 and M600 handsets, which also have the technology and are due out in the second quarter of this year.

The South Korean company is also showing the T709 handset, which includes support for Wi-Fi. The phone allows calls to be switched between Wi-Fi and mobile networks while they are in progress, Samsung said.


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