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BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld™: model number - RAP40GW
Last revised: 17 September 2004
Part number: MAT-07596-001
Print specification: PRINTSPEC-002
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patents, including one or more of the following U.S. patents: 6,278,442; 6,271,605; 6,219,694; 6,075,470;
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Safety information
Please read these safety and operation instructions before using the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld™
or any accessories provided with the handheld. Retain these instructions for future use.
In some countries there may be restrictions on using Bluetooth® devices. Check with your local
Electrical safety
Charge the handheld using only the USB cable HDW-06610-001, Travel charger ASY-04078-001 or
ASY-07965-001, Automotive charger ASY-04195-001, or other charging accessory provided or
specifically approved by Research In Motion Limited (RIM) for use with this handheld. Any approval
from RIM under this document must be in writing and must be from a person authorized to provide
such approval. Use of any other accessory will invalidate any warranty provided with the handheld
and might be dangerous.
Use the charging accessories provided with the handheld or any other approved charging accessories
only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. Before using any power supply,
verify that the mains voltage is in accordance with the voltage printed on the power supply.
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or convenience receptacles as this might result in a risk
of fire or electric shock. To reduce the risk of damage to the cord or the plug, pull the plug rather than
the cord when you disconnect the charging accessory from the wall outlet or convenience receptacle.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles
and the point where the power cord connects to the handheld. Unplug charging accessories during
lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Do not use charging accessories outside or in any area exposed to the elements.
Refer to the documentation that came with the handheld for more information on inserting the battery
and connecting the power supply.
Battery safety and disposal
The handheld contains a removable lithium-ion battery. Do not dispose of either the handheld or the
lithium battery in a fire. Dispose of the lithium battery in accordance with the laws and regulations in
your area governing disposal of such cell types.
The battery might present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not disassemble, crush, or
puncture the battery. Do not heat the battery above 60°C (140°F). Do not allow metal objects to contact
the battery terminals.
Use only the battery that RIM specifies for use with your particular handheld model. Using any other
battery will invalidate any warranty provided with the handheld and might present a risk of fire or
Driving safety
Check the laws and regulations regarding the use of wireless handhelds in the areas where you drive.
Always obey them. Also, if using the handheld as a phone while driving, please use the following
• Give your full attention to driving; driving safely is your first responsibility.
• Use hands-free operation if it is available.
• Pull off the road and park before making or answering a phone call.
Do not use the other features of the handheld while driving. Have a passenger in the vehicle use the
handheld for you, or find a safe location to stop your vehicle prior to using the handheld.
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Store the handheld safely before driving your vehicle. Do not use any charging accessory as a means of
storing the handheld while you are in a vehicle. If your vehicle is equipped with an air bag, do not
place the handheld or other objects above the air bag, or in the air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle
wireless equipment is improperly stored or installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could
Radio frequency (RF) signals might affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic
systems in motor vehicles. Check with the manufacturer or its representative regarding your vehicle. If
any equipment has been added to your vehicle, you should also consult the manufacturer of that
equipment for information on RF signals.
Use only those accessories approved by RIM. Using any accessories not approved by RIM for use with
this particular handheld model will invalidate any approval or warranty applicable to the handheld
and might be dangerous.
Antenna care
Use only the supplied integral antenna. Unauthorized antenna modifications, or attachments could
damage the handheld and might violate Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Operating and storage temperatures
Situate the handheld or handheld accessories away from heat sources, such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
If you are not going to use the handheld for more than two weeks, turn the handheld power off,
remove the battery, and follow the operating and storage temperatures listed below:
Handheld operating
Handheld storage
32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
50 to 86°F (10 to 30°C)
Travel charger operating
Travel charger storage
32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)
-22 to 167°F (-30 to 75°C)
Interference with electronic equipment
Most modern electronic equipment is shielded from RF signals. However, certain electronic equipment
might not be shielded against the RF signals from the handheld.
Pacemakers: Consult a physician or the manufacturer of your pacemaker if you have any questions
regarding the effect of RF signals on your pacemaker. If you have a pacemaker, verify that you are
using the handheld in accordance with the safety requirements associated with your particular
pacemaker, which might include the following:
• Always keep the handheld more than 7 inches (20 cm) from the pacemaker when the handheld is
turned on.
• Do not carry the handheld in your breast pocket.
• When using the handheld as a phone, use the ear opposite the pacemaker for making and receiving
calls to minimize the potential interference.
• If you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place, turn the handheld radio and the
Bluetooth radio off immediately.
Hearing aids: Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing aids. In the event of such
interference, consult your service provider or contact the manufacturer of your hearing aid to discuss
Other medical devices: If you use any other personal medical device, consult the manufacturer of your
device to determine if they are adequately shielded from external RF energy. Your physician may be
able to assist you in obtaining this information.
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Health care facilities: Turn the handheld radio and the Bluetooth radio off in health care facilities
when any regulations posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities may
be using equipment that could be sensitive to external RF energy.
Aircraft: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and FCC regulations prohibit using the radio of the
handheld while in the air. Turn the handheld radio and the Bluetooth radio off before boarding an
aircraft. The effect of using the handheld radio or the Bluetooth radio in an aircraft is unknown. Such
use might affect aircraft instrumentation, communication and performance, might disrupt the
network, might otherwise be dangerous to the operation of the aircraft, and might be illegal. Use any
other handheld applications in accordance with airline regulations for electronic devices.
Dangerous areas
Potentially explosive atmospheres: Turn the handheld radio and the Bluetooth radio off when in any
area with a potentially explosive atmosphere, and obey all signs and instructions. Sparks in such areas
could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death.
Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include
fueling areas such as gasoline or petrol stations; below deck on boats; fuel or chemical transfer or
storage facilities; vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane); areas where the
air contains chemicals or particles, such as grain, dust, or metal powders; and any other area where you
would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine.
Do not use the handheld phone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak. Leave the area and make
the call from a safe location.
Blasting areas: To avoid interfering with blasting operations, turn the handheld radio and the
Bluetooth radio off when in a “blasting area” or in areas posted: “Turn off two-way radio”. Obey all
signs and instructions.
Only qualified service personnel should perform repairs to the handheld. Disconnect the power supply
cables from the computer or electrical outlet and refer the handheld or charging accessory for service to
qualified service personnel if any of the following situations occur:
• the power supply cord, plug, or connector is damaged
• liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the handheld or charging accessory
• the handheld or charging accessory has been exposed to rain or water
• the handheld or charging accessory becomes very hot to the touch
• the handheld or charging accessory has been dropped or damaged in any way
• the handheld or charging accessory does not operate normally by following the instructions in the
user documentation
• the handheld or charging accessory exhibits a distinct change in performance
Do not attempt to disassemble the handheld or any charging accessory.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, adjust only those controls that are covered in the user
documentation for the handheld. An improper adjustment of other controls might cause damage and
will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the handheld, charging accessory,
or any other accessory to normal operation.
Failure to observe all safety instructions contained in the user documentation for the handheld will
void the Limited Warranty and might lead to suspension or denial of services to the offender, legal
action, or both.
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Additional safety guidelines
Liquids and foreign objects: Never push objects of any kind into the handheld or handheld
accessories through openings as this action might short circuit parts and cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not use the handheld or handheld accessories near water (for example, near a bathtub or a sink, in a
wet basement, or near a swimming pool). Never spill liquid of any kind on the handheld or handheld
Stability: Do not place the handheld or handheld accessory on any unstable surface. It could fall,
thereby potentially causing serious injury to a person and serious damage to the handheld or handheld
accessory. Take care when using the handheld with any charging accessories to route the power cord in
a way that reduces the risk of injury to others, such as by tripping or choking.
Cleaning: Do not use liquid, aerosol cleaners, or solvents on or near the handheld or handheld
accessory. Clean only with a dry cloth. Disconnect any cables from the computer and unplug any
charging accessories from the electrical outlet before cleaning either the handheld or the charging
Compliance information
Exposure to radio frequency signals
The BlackBerry Wireless Handheld is a low power radio transmitter and receiver. When the handheld
radio is on, it receives and also sends out RF signals. The handheld complies with U.S. Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), Industry Canada (IC), and European Union (EU) guidelines
respecting safety levels of RF exposure for wireless handheld devices, which in turn are consistent with
the following safety standards previously set by Canadian, U.S., and international standards bodies:
• ANSI/IEEE C95.1, 1999, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio
Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz
• National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report 86, 1986, Biological
Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
• Health Canada, Safety Code 6, 1999, Limits of Human Exposure to Radio Frequency
Electromagnetic Fields in the Frequency Range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz
• EN 50360, 2001, Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of mobile phones with the basic
restrictions related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields (300 MHz to 3 GHz)
• International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), 1998, Guidelines for
limiting exposure to time-varying electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields (up to 300 GHz)
• Official Journal of the European Union, 1999, Council Recommendation of 12 July 1999 on the
limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz to 300 GHz)
To maintain compliance with FCC, IC, and EU RF exposure guidelines when carrying the handheld on
your body, use only RIM-supplied or approved accessories. Use of accessories that are not approved by
RIM might violate FCC, IC, and EU RF exposure guidelines and might void any warranty applicable to
the handheld. When carrying the handheld while the radio is on, use the specific RIM-approved
holster that has been tested for compliance. For data operation (when you do not use a body-worn
accessory and are not holding the handheld at the ear), position the handheld at least 15mm (0.60
inches) from the body.
Specific absorption rate data
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The BlackBerry Wireless Handheld is a radio transmitter and receiver. It is designed and manufactured
not to exceed the emission limits for exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy set by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) of the U.S. Government, Industry Canada of the Canadian
Government (IC), and recommended by The Council of the European Union. These limits are part of
comprehensive guidelines and establish permitted levels of RF energy for the general population. The
guidelines are based on standards that were developed by independent scientific organizations
through periodic and thorough evaluation of scientific studies. The standards include a substantial
safety margin designed to assure the safety of all persons, regardless of age and health.
The exposure standard for wireless mobile handhelds employs a unit of measurement known as the
Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit set by the FCC/IC is 1.6W/kg*. The SAR limit
recommended by The Council of the European Union is 2.0W/kg**. Tests for SAR are conducted using
standard operating positions specified by the FCC/IC with the handheld transmitting at its highest
certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest
certified power level, the actual SAR level of the handheld while operating can be well below the
maximum value. This is because the handheld is designed to operate at multiple power levels so as to
use only the power required to reach the network. In general, the closer you are to a wireless base
station antenna, the lower the power output.
Before a wireless handheld model is available for sale to the public, it must be tested and certified to
the FCC, IC, and The Council of the European Union that it does not exceed the limit established by the
government-adopted requirement for safe exposure under the recommendations of the International
Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The tests are performed in positions and
locations (for example, at the ear and worn on the body) as required by the FCC, IC, and The Council of
the European Union for each model.
The highest SAR values for each handheld model when tested for use at the ear is outlined below:
BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld™
1 g / 10 g SAR (W/kg)
The highest SAR values for each handheld model when worn on the body, in an approved holster or
carrying case, is outlined below:
BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld™
1 g / 10 g SAR (W/kg)
Body-worn measurements differ among wireless handheld and phone models, depending upon
available accessories and FCC, IC, and The Council of the European Union requirements. While there
may be differences between the SAR levels of various wireless devices and at various positions, they all
meet the government requirement for safe exposure.
The FCC has granted an Equipment Authorization for this model handheld with all reported SAR
levels evaluated as in compliance with the FCC RF emission guidelines. SAR information on this model
handheld is on file with the FCC and can be found under the Display Grant section of http:// after searching on FCC ID L6ARAP40GW (BlackBerry 7290). Additional
information on Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) can be found on the Cellular Telecommunications &
Internet Association (CTIA) web-site at
* In the United States and Canada, the SAR limit for mobile handhelds used by the public is 1.6 watts/
kg (W/kg) averaged over one gram of tissue for the body or head (4.0 W/kg averaged over 10 grams of
tissue for the extremities - hands, wrists, ankles and feet). The standard incorporates a substantial
margin of safety to give additional protection for the public and to account for any variations in
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** In Europe, the SAR limit for mobile handhelds used by the public is 2.0 Watts/kg (W/kg) averaged
over 10 grams of tissue for the body or head (4.0 W/kg averaged over 10 grams of tissue for the
extremities - hands, wrists, ankles and feet). The standard incorporates a substantial margin of safety to
give additional protection for the public and to account for any variations in measurements.
The long-term characteristics or the possible physiological effects of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic
fields have not been evaluated by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).
FCC compliance statement (USA)
FCC Class B Part 15
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
Warning: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause interference harmful to radio communications.
There is no guarantee, however, that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio or TV technician for help.
Industry Canada certification
This device complies with Industry Canada RSS 133, under certification number 2503A-RAP40GW
(BlackBerry 7290)
Class B compliance
This device complies with the Class B limits for radio noise emissions as set out in the interferencecausing equipment standard entitled “Digital Apparatus,” ICES-003 of Industry Canada.
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EU regulatory conformance
Research In Motion Limited hereby declares that this BlackBerry Wireless Handheld device is in
compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
The Declaration of Conformity made under Directive 1999/5/EC is available for viewing at the
following location in the EU community:
Research In Motion UK Limited
36 Station Road, Egham, Surrey
TW20 9LF
United Kingdom
Additional regulatory conformance
Specific details about compliance to the following standards and regulatory bodies may be obtained
from Research In Motion:
• PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB)
• Underwriters Laboratories UL60950 requirements for Canada and the United States
• Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive 1999/5/EC
• Global Certification Forum Certification Criteria (GCF-CC) requirements
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Product information
Mechanical properties
Size (L x W x H)
Approximately 5.0 oz. (142 g) including battery
113 x 74.5 x 22 mm (4.45 x 2.93 x 0.87 in)
32-MB flash memory, 4-MB SRAM
SIM interface
Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion cell
Supports 3V SIM cards
USB compatible port for data synchronization and charging
Radio specifications
BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld
Quad-band support
GSM 850, GSM 900, DCS 1800, PCS 1900 MHz
Power class
Class 1 (DCS 1800, PCS 1900), Class 4 (GSM 850) as defined in GSM 5.05, Class 4
(GSM 900) as defined in GSM 02.06
Transmitting frequency
GSM 824 to 849 MHz, GSM 880-915 MHz, DCS 1710 to 1785 MHz, PCS 1850 to
1910 MHz
Receiving frequency
GSM 869 to 894 MHz, GSM 925-960 MHz, DCS 1805 to 1880 MHz, PCS 1930 to
1990 MHz
Bluetooth Radio
Single-band support
ISM 2.4 GHz
Power class
Bluetooth class 2 (2.5 mW)
Transmitting and receiving
2402 to 2480 MHz