It’s been rumored for a while but it is a rumor no more. Verizon has officially announced the BlackBerry 8830 which will go on sale May 14th.

The BlackBerry 8830 is the first global CDMA/GSM BlackBerry that will offer always on email in about 60 or so countries. The 8830 can also be used to make calls in over 150 countries, however, the device is locked and Verizon is charging $1.29 to $2.49 per minute depending on what country you are in.

I am sure that we will have more news about the BlackBerry 8830, but, for now, take a look at the full Verizon BlackBerry 8830 press release after the jump.

Verizon Wireless Announces the Next Evolution in Global Connectivity: the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone and Global BlackBerry Service

First CDMA/GSM BlackBerry Smartphone, Coupled with Always-On Global E-Mail and 24/7 Help Desk, Keeps Travelers Connected In More Than 60 Countries

BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(CCNMatthews – April 25, 2007) – Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today introduced the first Global CDMA/GSM BlackBerry®. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone will be available on May 14 through Verizon Wireless’ business sales channels and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on May 28.

In addition, Verizon Wireless announced the May 14 availability of its new Global BlackBerry service, an “always-on, always connected” wireless e-mail solution that provides quick, easy access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, organizer and the Web while on-the-go. With the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, customers get wireless e-mail and the convenience of one local number for domestic and international use in Australia, Europe, parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

Verizon Wireless’ new Global BlackBerry service allows customers to place and receive voice calls from more than 150 countries and send and receive e-mails in the United States, Canada and more than 60 countries worldwide. With Global BlackBerry service, Verizon Wireless customers receive the Global Support Pack, which includes a SIM card, a user reference guide and details on accessing the Global Help Desk for 24-hour customer support, seven days a week. Customers also receive a calling card for free support calls while traveling outside of the U.S. from any landline phone to technical support if the BlackBerry 8830 is lost, broken or stolen.

“The BlackBerry 8830 with Verizon Wireless’ Global BlackBerry service will set a new standard for global wireless service,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. “Customers leave the U.S. with the ultimate productivity tool enhanced by a service and support package they won’t find anywhere else in the industry. This is the gold standard for the international enterprise, and with its unique blend of form, function and value, we expect this device to quickly become our top selling BlackBerry for domestic use as well.”

“The BlackBerry 8830 is built on an exciting new device platform that combines CDMA and GSM/GPRS roaming support with the latest in industrial design and functional innovations,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer at Research In Motion. “This innovative and stylish smartphone includes all the benefits that users have come to love about the BlackBerry solution along with a compelling new global service from Verizon Wireless.”

The BlackBerry 8830 provides an international option for enterprise customers of all Verizon Business groups. The Verizon branded companies offer customers a portfolio of wired and wireless solutions inclusive of the recently announced BroadbandAccess Router Service.

Features and Pricing for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone and Global BlackBerry Service

The new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone packs the latest features into a stylish global device and offers the following capabilities and features:

– EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 60 countries

– GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling internationally

– Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode

– Thin form factor of just 14mm for both style and easy handling

– New Trackball navigation system

– Media player

– Expandable memory option with microSDTM card (sold separately)

– Speakerphone

– Bluetooth® capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-free, dial-up networking and serial port

– Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)

– Instant Messaging capabilities for quick and easy communication

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone will be available in May for $299.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the device is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase.

Customers signing up for Global BlackBerry service will get unlimited e-mail in the United States, Canada and more than 60 countries worldwide for $64.99 monthly access with a qualifying voice plan, or for $69.99 monthly access without a voice plan. Customers can also add a “Pay As You Go” data feature to any qualifying voice plan for an additional $20 per Megabyte. Customers wanting to use the BlackBerry 8830 for e-mail solely in the U.S. may opt for an unlimited e-mail plan beginning at $49.99 monthly access.

Customers may request more information on the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless at For more information on BlackBerry devices from Verizon Wireless, visit Business customers should contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.

[Via Yahoo News]
Verizon BlackBerry 8830