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Introducing the OtterBox 1930 & 1931 Rugged Cases for BlackBerry Handsets.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Dream about taking your BlackBerry[R] handset anywhere? Make it a reality with the OtterBox 1930 and 1931 cases from Otter Products, LLC designed for BlackBerry handsets. These rugged cases accommodate BlackBerry[R] handsets from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM), allowing access to phone and data functions right through the case. The OtterBox 1930 fits the BlackBerry 8700 Series and the OtterBox 1931 model fits the BlackBerry 7200 Series handsets.

Stuck in the rain, no problem, your device is safe.

Cases provide a water-resistant access to keypad, scroll wheel, escape button, power button, mute button and programmable side button. Constructed of a polycarbonate/ABS shell for maximum strength and durability, cases provide grip and drop protection with innovative rubber overmolding.

Busy work environment, no problem, your BlackBerry handset is ready to go.

LCD remains protected from scratches and drop damage with a rigid screen cover and Donaldson[R] acoustic membrane vents allow sound transmission while keeping the case sealed. Easy open plug provides access to sync/charge jack and headphone jack.

"We have already seen an interest in the cases from B2B customers, but even more so from military customers," explained Brian Thomas, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Many of our customers are working in environments that can be harmful to their device and data. The OtterBox cases designed for BlackBerry are an ideal solution for protecting technology investments."

"The BlackBerry platform supports a multitude of applications in a wide range of vertical markets and these ruggedized cases from OtterBox are a real benefit for many field employees that are working within harsher environmental conditions," said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion.

Need extra protection, no problem, OtterBox cases protect BlackBerry handsets from extreme elements.

Molded rubber inside the cases cradles the BlackBerry handset and an innovative o-ring seals it from exposure. Otter's recently designed compound (lockable) latch provides easy opening and secure closing.

Optional accessories include a standard swivel belt clip and a refurbish kit.

"As President of the American Concrete Institute as well as President of a major commercial General Contracting organization, I find the OtterBox a perfect case for my BlackBerry handset needs. It is compact, sleek and professional looking as well as durable and user friendly," explained Thomas D. Verti, President at Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. and The American Concrete Institute. "From board rooms to construction sites, it provides easy access for all my communication functions and usage, while rugged enough to protect my BlackBerry handset from common dirt, bump and drop hazards prevalent on construction sites."

Both the 1930 and 1931 have a MIL-STD 810F rating for drop and shock and an IP54 rating for heavy rain and dust intrusion. Cases available in black with grey rubber.

Dimensions for the OtterBox 1930 are 4.85 in (123 mm) long by 3.36 in (85 mm) wide and 1.46 in (37 mm) thick (not including latch) or 1.73 in (44 mm) thick (including latch). Case weighs 0.5 lb (.23 kg).

The OtterBox 1931 measures 4.85 in (123 mm) long by 3.60 in (85 mm) wide and 1.54 in (37 mm) thick (not including latch) or 1.80 in (44 mm) thick (including latch). Case weighs 0.5 lb (.23 kg).

Otter Products, founded in 1996, has a complete line of rugged cases for technology and valuables, including Tablet PCs, laptops, Apple iPods[R] and handhelds. For more information visit or call 888-695-8820.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third-party products or services.
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