Vip and RIM Introduce BlackBerry for Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia and Waterloo, ON - Vip mobile, a member of mobilkom austria group and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced availability of the BlackBerry® solution from Vodafone in Serbia. The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow easy access to email, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and other applications on the go.
This is the first product announcement from Vip that stems from its newly launched strategic partnership with Vodafone in Serbia. At launch, Vip will offer customers BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service with a choice of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 smartphones.
Alexander Sperl, CEO at Vip mobile says: “BlackBerry smartphones are stylish and innovative communication tools that combine voice, push e-mail, Internet browsing and other mobile applications. We believe that the BlackBerry solution fulfils our promise to bring customers new and exciting ways to communicate.”
“We are pleased to be working with Vip to introduce the BlackBerry solution to customers in Serbia. BlackBerry smartphones allow people to stay connected to the information they need and want while they are on the move,” said Charmaine Eggberry, Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA at Research In Motion
The BlackBerry Curve 8310:
With its stylish design, large display, easy-to-use full QWERTY keyboard and intuitive trackball navigation system, the BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone looks as great as it performs. It offers a range of advanced multimedia features – including built-in GPS, the ability to create MP3 music files from CDs, create play lists and automatically convert pictures, music and videos from a PC for playback on the smartphone-- together with all the renowned communications features that have won praise for BlackBerry smartphones around the world. It also comes with a 2 megapixel camera, complete with 5x digital zoom, built-in flash, self-portrait mirror and full screen viewfinder. Photos can be saved on the smartphone, which includes an expandable memory slot for additional storage, or shared easily and instantly by email, MMS or Instant Messaging. Photos can also be transferred over Bluetooth® or USB cable.
The BlackBerry Pearl 8100:
The BlackBerry Pearl is the smallest BlackBerry smartphone available measuring a mere 4.2” (107mm) x 1.97” (50mm) x .57” (14.5mm) and weighing just 3.1 ounces (89 grams). In addition to supporting phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and other mobile applications, the BlackBerry Pearl incorporates a digital camera, media player for music and videos and an expandable memory slot.
Vip will offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server for larger enterprises and BlackBerry Internet Service for individuals and smaller companies.
The BlackBerry Solution:
BlackBerry Enterprise Server tightly integrates with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® to provide secure push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data. The solution uses advanced encryption and IT policy controls, and is widely accredited for its enterprise security features.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry® Internet Service allows customers to access up to ten supported POP3 or IMAP4 accounts, including most popular ISP accounts such as Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, from a single device.
On December 1, 2006 Vip, member of mobilkom austria group, was granted the license for the third mobile operator in Serbia, bought for 320 million euros. The license for GSM 900/1800 plus UMTS is valid for 10-year period and it can be prolonged automatically for another 10 years. The license obligation is 80% population in four-year period. Vip has entered the market with the best prepaid and postpaid packages. Vip is one of the biggest greenfield investment in Serbia in 2007, employing more than 350 experts. More information: www.vipmobile.co.yu
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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