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In 1999, BlackBerry Limited introduced the 850 in Munich, Germany. This two-way pager paved the way for the company, and in 2003, it released its first smartphone to the public. The full QWERTY keyboard, the trackpad, and the large colour screen make it easily recognisable. Early devices use Intel 80386-based processers, whereas newer models use an ARM 7, 9, or 11 processor, which allows for faster processing, enhanced web browsing, and an overall smoother user experience.


BlackBerry mobile phones come equipped with the company's own branded operating system, and they use a proprietary messenger software to send and receive encrypted messages, voice notes, videos, and photographs. In fact, those with a data plan can use the latter feature free of charge. Furthermore, businesses can even integrate the smartphone into the organizations email system with the use of the company's Enterprise Server. This software package is available for Microsoft Exchange, Lotos Domino, Novell GroupWise, and Google Apps.

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