Dopod International Introduces BlackBerry Connect in Asia
December 6, 2006 - ITU TELECOM WORLD, Hong Kong - Dopod International Corporation (hereinafter “Dopod International”) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ software on the 838Pro and C720W devices for customers in Asia.
Through the existing licensing relationship between High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) and RIM, Dopod International will offer BlackBerry Connect to enable customers of the Windows Mobile-based 838Pro Pocket PC and the C720W smartphone to access popular BlackBerry services with support for both BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service.
“We are very excited to work with RIM and HTC to provide our customers with BlackBerry Connect on the 838Pro and the C720W devices,” said Jack Tong, CEO of Dopod International Corp. “We are committed to offering our customers the best available solutions to meet their wireless data and business needs. We believe BlackBerry Connect will add tremendous value to our existing product offerings and we are looking forward to bringing BlackBerry services available on more devices in the near future.”
“We’re pleased to be working with HTC and Dopod International to expand the reach of BlackBerry in the Asia Pacific region,” said Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at RIM. “With BlackBerry Connect, Dopod International’s customers can enhance their mobile communications and productivity through the powerful features and convenience of the BlackBerry service together with the 838Pro and the C720W.”
Supported BlackBerry features include “push”-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing through BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.
Additional features supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server include:
• wireless calendar synchronization;
• remote look-up of corporate email address directory;
• Triple DES encryption; and
• IT policy enforcement and commands
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino® 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 corporate and multiple personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
Dopod International is now offering BlackBerry Connect on the 838Pro and the C720W in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Availability in other countries in the region will be announced at a later date.
838Pro from Dopod International
Manufactured by HTC, the 838Pro comes with a smooth sliding keypad. It’s fitted with a 360-degree jog wheel and a QWERTY keypad for easy and simple data input and web browsing. It supports HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® V 2.0.
Featuring Bluetooth Wireless Stereo (A2DP), users of the 838Pro can enjoy stereo music wirelessly over compatible A2DP headsets. Users can download movies and music videos to the 838Pro’s 128 MB Built-in ROM and 64MB RAM memory. In addition, the 838Pro features a high-resolution color screen and 2 megapixel camera.
C720W from Dopod International
Manufactured by HTC, the C720W supports Quadband GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth v2.0. It provides easy configuration as it comes with Netwizard and can automatically configure its operators’ settings. Running on the TI OMAP 850 processor, the C720W has a 128MB built-in ROM and 64MB RAM memory with persistent storage. It’s equipped with Microsoft Office programmes like Outlook Mobile, Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, Powerpoint Mobile, IE Mobile, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and Internet Sharing. Users can also have access to Adobe Reader, Activesync, Comm Mgr, Internet sharing, Audio Manager and PocketMSN. The C720W has a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 2.4-inch QVGA display screen.
About Dopod International Corporation
Dopod International Corporation is a leading mobile communications company that integrates mobile communication with information system technologies. Dopod International’s products are catered to the modern, ‘connected-everywhere’ lifestyle user. The company combines outstanding product design and excellent functional qualities that promote convenient access to up-to-the-minute information. Founded in 2002, Dopod has established a presence as a premier communications company throughout Asia.
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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