Airtel and RIM Launch the BlackBerry 8700g in India
Mumbai, India and Waterloo, ON - Airtel, India’s leading mobile services provider, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) are introducing the new, sleek BlackBerry® 8700g™ in India, further enhancing Airtel’s portfolio of BlackBerry devices. The EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700g offers Airtel customers best-in-class mobile performance for email, phone, web browser and corporate data applications in a lightweight, all-in-one device.
The new BlackBerry 8700g provides the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. It features a completely re-engineered device platform with an Intel® XScale® processor, 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SDRAM in a thin and stylish handset with a full keyboard. With the dramatically enhanced device platform and integrated EDGE capabilities, users of the BlackBerry 8700g from Airtel will experience noticeably faster web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing and gain the ability to store and run more powerful enterprise and personal productivity applications.
“Airtel has once again taken the lead in providing mobile professionals with a superior product that will give them greater control and flexibility to conduct business more effectively and efficiently,” said Hemant Sachdev, Director Marketing & Communications, Bharti Airtel. “With its enhanced features, users of the BlackBerry 8700g from Airtel will experience breakthrough performance and unrivalled data and voice capabilities. We are happy that we are the first to introduce this globally popular and unmatched device for our customers in India.”
“The BlackBerry 8700g is a major innovation that delivers optimized performance together with a striking color display and a stylish design,” said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “We are very excited to work with Airtel to launch the BlackBerry 8700g in India. The combined power of the proven BlackBerry platform and Airtel’s EDGE network, provides mobile professionals using the BlackBerry 8700g with an exceptional solution to stay connected and productive.”
The stylish BlackBerry 8700g provides customers with an outstanding converged voice and data experience. The handset is light, comfortable and engineered to allow clear phone calls. It blends high-end phone features including speakerphone, quad-band GPRS/GSM and EDGE network support, dedicated “send,” “end” and “mute” phone keys, and other intuitive call management features including smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call forwarding. The BlackBerry 8700g also includes Bluetooth® support for hands-free headsets and car kits.
The BlackBerry 8700g features a bright, high-resolution, landscape QVGA (320x240) LCD. The display supports over 65,000 colors and delivers vivid graphics. The display also incorporates intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the LCD and keyboard lighting to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino™ and Novell GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other data. Enterprise customers can also take advantage of BlackBerry MDS™ to enable secure, wireless access to back-end office applications.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to support up to 10 corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
The BlackBerry 8700g expands Airtel’s current portfolio of BlackBerry-enabled devices, including the BlackBerry 7100g™ and BlackBerry 7290™, as well as other leading phones that support BlackBerry Connect™ such as the Nokia 9500 Communicator, Nokia 9300 smartphone and Sony Ericsson P910i.
About Bharti Tele-Ventures
Bharti Airtel is the proposed new name of Bharti Tele-Ventures. This new name is subject to legal and regulatory approval. Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of over 19.74 million customers as of end of February ‘06, consisting of more than 18.45 million mobile customers. The company is the only operator to provide mobile services in all the 23 circles in India. The company also provides telephone services and Internet access over DSL in 15 circles. The company complements its mobile, broadband & telephone services with national and international long distance services. The company also has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. The company is a part of the consortium, which jointly owns and has developed the next generation undersea cable system SEA-ME-WE-4. The company provides reliable end-to-end data and enterprise services to the corporate customers by leveraging its nationwide fiber optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing station. For more information, visit www.bhartiteleventures.com
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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