O2 and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry 7130g in the UK
June 2, 2006
New BlackBerry design combines industry leading hardware and software in a sleek and elegant handset design
London, UK and Waterloo, ON - O2 and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the first launch of the new BlackBerry® 7130g™ in the UK. The BlackBerry 7130g provides the perfect balance of performance, design and function for users who prefer traditional phone-style designs.
Building on the popularity of the BlackBerry 7100x™ from O2, the BlackBerry 7130g is a slim, lightweight handset that elegantly integrates some of the industry’s most advanced hardware and software in a stylish candy bar form factor, providing support for push-based email, phone, text messaging, web functionality, intranet access and organizer applications.*
With a wide range of wireless business applications available for BlackBerry, the BlackBerry 7130g is the ultimate mobile handset for professionals that need to view documents and access corporate data while away from the office.
The BlackBerry 7130g is ideal for mobile professionals who require an uncompromising voice, email and browsing experience in a slim and stylish handset with:
* Fast web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing
* Comprehensive phone features with intuitive call management capabilities such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial and call forwarding
* A bright, high-resolution color LCD screen that provides ample workspace for viewing email, web pages, applications and other information
* Intelligent auto-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to provide an optimized view in outdoor, indoor and dark environments
* A powerful Intel® XScale® cellular processor with 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SDRAM, providing the ability to store and run more enterprise, personal productivity and game applications
* Bluetooth® support and built-in speakerphone for hands-free operation
* Quad-band network support for international connectivity
* Easy-to-use SureType™ keyboard technology which combines phone and QWERTY keyboard layouts with intuitive software for quick and accurate dialing and typing
“We are delighted to be working with O2 to bring the BlackBerry 7130g to mobile professionals and consumers who want fast and efficient access to email, the Internet and other applications while on the go,” said Charmaine Eggberry, Vice President, EMEA, Research In Motion. “The launch of the BlackBerry 7130g demonstrates our continued commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. This elegant new handset combines industry leading hardware and software to deliver the distinctive BlackBerry experience in a sleek and stylish design.”
“The BlackBerry 7130g is a powerful addition to the range of popular BlackBerry devices already available through O2. Thanks to our strong relationship with RIM, we are pleased to be bringing this all-in-one handset to our customers first,” said Peter Rampling, Head of SME Marketing, O2. “Launching the new BlackBerry 7130g really cements O2’s position as a leader in voice and data services and we are confident that the enhanced features of this all-in-one handset will appeal to both the business and individual user.”
“Road Runner Express is a mobile business and I am constantly on the move. The BlackBerry 7130g enables me to manage my email, browse the Internet and access key business applications when I’m out of the office. With BlackBerry, our company is able to provide a more efficient service to customers and it has also definitely made our travel time far more productive,” said Jon Nowak, Director, Road Runner Express and trial customer of the BlackBerry 7130g. “The new device is a great design; it’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and serves well for both my lifestyle and business needs.”
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 corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access multiple business and personal email accounts without the need for server software (which includes support for most popular ISP email accounts).
O2 is a leading provider of mobile services to consumers and businesses in the UK. It is the leader in non-voice services, including text, media messaging, games, music and video, as well as always on data connections via GPRS, 3G and WLAN. Every month, O2’s 16 million customers send well over a billion text messages. The wider O2 group comprises mobile network operators in the UK and Ireland, along with integrated fixed/mobile businesses in Germany, the Czech Republic (Cesky Telecom), the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom) and the O2 Airwave emergency services network in the UK.
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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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