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NEWS: Nunavut March 28, 2012 - 10:58 am

New BlackBerry model to soon hit Nunavut stores

Latest model operates on northern CDMA system "ensuring reliable service in northern communities": Northwestel

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The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system. (IMAGE COURTESY OF BLACKBERRY)
The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system. (IMAGE COURTESY OF BLACKBERRY)

(revised 5:15 p.m.)

Nunavut smartphone customers will soon be able to get their hands on the latest BlackBerry model.

The Blackberry Curve 9350 is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and operates on the northern CDMA network, ensuring more reliable service in northern communities, Northwestel said in a March 27 news release.

CDMA, short for “Code-Division Multiple Access,” is also used by Bell Mobility, while Rogers, the other big wireless provider in Canada, uses GSMC or Global System for Mobile Communications, far more common outside North America.

Although this is not the first BlackBerry available in NU that operates on the CDMA network, this is the latest one launched by BlackBerry that does, and Northwestel is the exclusive provider of it in the North.

The new BlackBerries arrived at Northwestel’s Yukon headquarters March 27, where they are now being shipped out to Northern Stores in the seven Nunavut communities where the model will be available.

Those communities include Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet, Pond Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Arviat and Baker Lake.

“Northwestel is listening to what residents of the North require in wireless products, and the new BlackBerry Curve 9350 has all the features you’d expect from a BlackBerry smartphone,” said Curtis Shaw, Northwestel’s vice president of marketing.

The BlackBerry 9350 offers phone, email, messaging, camera and social applications “to meet the personal and professional needs of customers across northern Canada,” Shaw said.

Because Northwestel has roaming agreements with other major cellular providers, the company says the new smartphone will operate throughout North America.

The new BlackBerry will work in Iqaluit but will not be sold in the city because Northwestel is not the cellular service provider in Iqaluit, said Emily Younker, spokesperson for Northwestel.

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