The first ever Push to Talk BlackBerry handset has been unveiled in the US, bringing walkie-talkie style functionality to the high end devices.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i marks the first time that manufacturer RIM has ever created a BlackBerry with this function.
Other features of the mobile include a media player, voice recognition software and a document viewer and editor as well as support for thousands of applications.
There is also a two megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
It is not yet confirmed whether RIM plans to release the BlackBerry Curve 8350i in the UK.
“Because of its unique combination of push-to-talk capabilities and several other advanced features, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is likely to appeal to both individual consumers and business customers,” said David Chamberlain, principal analyst with analyst firm In-Stat.
He added: “The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone can also address the needs of several industries such as construction, field services, transportation and manufacturing.”
Earlier this month it was revealed that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has secured the first batch of the handsets and thus be the first UK network to carry the phone.