Airtel and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry 7130g in India
September 19, 2006 - Delhi, India and Waterloo, ON - Airtel, India’s leading mobile services provider, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced plans to launch the BlackBerry® 7130ghandset in India later this month.
Working on EDGE and GPRS networks, thenewBlackBerry 7130g allows users to stay connected to both work and life with support for push-based email, phone, text messaging, browser, organizer and other mobile applications.
The quad-band BlackBerry 7130gcomes with a powerful processorand64 MB of flash memory, providing users a fast and responsive experience when browsing the Internet, viewing attachments or running other mobile applications.
“We have always believed in bringing more choices to suit our customers’ requirements. This quad-band EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 7130g will undoubtedly appeal to Airtel’s customers who seek a more phone-centric device that brings the BlackBerry advantage,” Sanjay Kapoor, Joint President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel Limited said.
“The new BlackBerry 7130g is an exciting addition to the BlackBerry portfolio in India,” said Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at RIM. “Together with the comprehensive and powerful BlackBerry platform, the BlackBerry 7130g delivers an all-in-one solution with a unique user experience.”
The BlackBerry 7130g includes premium phone features includingdedicated phone keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for wireless headsets and car kits.
The handset’s brightandhigh-resolution color LCD screenfeaturesan intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts both the display and keyboard lighting levels to provide an optimised view in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.
In addition, the BlackBerry 7130g incorporates RIM’s innovative SureType™ keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with a familiar QWERTY keyboard to enable a narrower design while allowing users to type quickly and accurately.
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.
A large and growing ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) has developed a variety of applications for BlackBerry in areas including entertainment, games, ring tones and personalization. In addition, for corporate customers with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, third-party mobile business solutions are available for sales force automation, field service automation, network and systems management, and much more.
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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