Research In Motion (RIM) today debuted the BlackBerry Bold smartphone in Australia. The BlackBerry Bold is the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and it builds upon the proven and popular BlackBerry smartphone platform with improved communications and multimedia capabilities, as well as built-in GPS and Wi-Fi support.

Designed to deliver a premium mobile experience, the BlackBerry Bold features a stunning LCD display and precision keyboard surrounded by a lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and fashionable leatherette backplate.

The sophisticated new interface and newly designed full-QWERTY keyboard enable quick and precise typing of email, SMS/MMS and instant messages using BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and Yahoo! Messenger. Customers can also download and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone using the preloaded DataViz Documents to Go software suite.

Featuring a next-generation 624 MHz mobile processor, the BlackBerry Bold enables faster Internet browsing, file downloading and video streaming*. The enhanced high performance browser gives mobile users a high speed web browsing experience with desktop-style depiction.

The BlackBerry Bold smartphone provides a rich multimedia experience with a powerful media player for music, videos and pictures, 2-megapixel camera with digital zoom and video recording (requires separately sold microSD/SDHC memory card), externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot for expanded storage (including the upcoming 16GB cards) and easy synchronization support for iTunes digital music collections using the new BlackBerry Media Sync application.