Mobiltel and RIM Introduce BlackBerry in Bulgaria
June 13, 2006
EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700v delivers mobile freedom
Sofia, Bulgaria and Waterloo, ON - Mobiltel – Bulgaria’s largest mobile operator and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today announced the launch of BlackBerry® in Bulgaria. Mobiltel will initially offer the BlackBerry 8700v™.
The BlackBerry 8700v is the perfect choice for users looking for an exceptional phone, email and browsing experience while away from the office. The BlackBerry 8700v offers an intuitive user experience with support for push-based email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications. The quad-band device operates on Mobiltel’s GSM/GPRS and EDGE network.
“The introduction of BlackBerry is a testament to Mobiltel’s leadership in providing innovative products and services. We are pleased to be the first to introduce BlackBerry in Bulgaria. The BlackBerry 8700v will allow customers to save time and stay connected whilst on the move,” said Stelios Malis, Mobiltel CMO.
“We are pleased to work with Mobiltel to bring the popular and proven BlackBerry platform to the Bulgarian market. The BlackBerry 8700v delivers industry leading technologies in a stylish design, providing the ultimate mobile communications experience. Mobiltel’s customers can now enjoy the freedom of BlackBerry with the flexibility to stay connected to work and life whenever they wish,” said Charmaine Eggberry, Vice President, EMEA, Research In Motion.
The recently introduced BlackBerry 8700v features EDGE support, an Intel processor and a completely re-engineered BlackBerry device platform that delivers fast web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing. In addition, the BlackBerry 8700v provides a bright, high resolution LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colors and delivers vivid graphics. It also incorporates an intelligent light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to provide optimized viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments. The BlackBerry 8700v also includes premium phone features such as dedicated ‘send,’ ‘end’ and ‘mute’ keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with car kits and wireless headsets.
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 up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
Mobiltel is recognized as the innovative telecom market leader in Bulgaria and one of the most successful mobile operators in Europe. Today the Company serves more than 3,6 Million clients. In 2005 the operator won the only UMTS A Class license tender in Bulgaria for a 20-year term. Six months later - on September 14, 2005, Mobiltel presented the first operational UMTS network in Bulgaria. On March 6 the company introduced the first 3G services in Bulgaria – the video call and the mobile data access over HSDPA.
Since July 2005 Mobiltel is part of the mobilkom austria group together with mobilkom austria, Vipnet, Si.mobil and mobilkom liechtenstein. In February 2006 Mobiltel announced the cooperation with Vodafone, thanks to which Mobiltel will offer selected Vodafone services to its clients.
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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