After much rumouring, RIM, the makers of the Blackberry push email device, has announced a new Blackberry handset in America. Called the 8700c the new handset will be offered exclusively on Cingular's EDGE-enabled GSM/GPRS network in America.

The new model is the first BlackBerry device to support high-speed EDGE network technology. The device will offer quad-band connectivity, QVGA (320x240) LCD 65,000 colour screen, an Intel processor, 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SRAM and the familiar backlit, ergonomic, full QWERTY keyboard.

The new EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700c will be available only through Cingular beginning November 21 with prices dependent on contract.

However, the carrier's 'exclusive' will only last for a "period of months" RIM joint CEO Jim Balsillie told Reuters.

"You can expect to see other launches around the world in the not-too-distant future", he said.