Cbeyond Launches BlackBerry with BeyondMobile Service
Now Small Businesses Can Enjoy More Productivity on the Go with Email, Calendar, Contacts and More
March 15, 2006, Atlanta and Waterloo, ON - Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® wireless platform together with Cbeyond’s BeyondMobile service.
BlackBerry enables Cbeyond subscribers to easily access email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and other data applications from a single, integrated device. By using BlackBerry to wirelessly access business applications, Cbeyond customers will be able to increase productivity and effectiveness for individuals and workgroups.
The BlackBerry solution, including the CDMA-based BlackBerry 7250™, is now offered in conjunction with Cbeyond’s BeyondMobile service. Cbeyond is offering BeyondMobile as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), but with a different approach to bundling and billing voice calling minutes. Because Cbeyond offers landline, Internet and mobile services, it bundles all long distance, toll-free and mobile minutes together. Cbeyond’s small business customers can apply any unused long distance and toll free minutes to their mobile service and vice versa for free. The sharing of minutes is seamless and requires no intervention from the business owner. Cbeyond also lets small businesses pool all mobile minutes across employees so there’s no need to juggle different rate plans.
“We are thrilled to bring the power, innovation and convenience of BlackBerry to our small business customers,” said Brent Cobb, vice president of Mobile Services for Cbeyond. “In market research, our customers told us they want mobile voice and data from Cbeyond. We believe that BlackBerry represents the best-in-class mobile solution in the marketplace today.”
“BlackBerry supports a wide range of wireless applications and continues to be the leading wireless platform for both large and small businesses,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “We are very pleased to be working with Cbeyond to help small business professionals increase mobile productivity and enhance communications, collaboration and customer service.”
For Cbeyond’s business customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ - Small Business Edition tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino™ and Novell GroupWise™ systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other business data.
In addition, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access up to ten business and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
The BeyondMobile service from Cbeyond is nationwide with no roaming charges. Customers receive a consolidated bill for all of their landline and mobile communications services and have only one number to call for support. The BlackBerry 7250 will retail for $449 on a two year contract from Cbeyond. Wireless email and data services will be priced at $40 per month which includes unlimited data usage. Cbeyond will offer a single voice plan of $40 for 500 monthly minutes plus six cents per minute thereafter.
Cbeyond (Nasdaq: CBEY) is an Atlanta-based managed services provider that delivers integrated packages of voice, mobile and broadband services to small businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles. Cbeyond offers core communications services like local and long-distance voice, mobile and broadband Internet access along with enhanced applications, including voicemail, email, Web hosting, data backup, file-sharing, VPN and more. Cbeyond manages these services over a private, 100-percent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) facilities-based network. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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