ISTANBUL, Turkey & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 27, 2005–Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (ISE:TCELL) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today announced plans to offer BlackBerry(R), a leading wireless communications platform, to mobile customers in Turkey. BlackBerry will operate on Turkcell’s GSM/GPRS network in Turkey and international roaming will be supported in countries where Turkcell has GPRS roaming agreements in place.
BlackBerry provides always-on, push-based, mobile access to e-mail and other communications and information for both individual and corporate customers. BlackBerry will enable Turkcell’s subscribers to access e-mail, phone, text messaging, calendar, Internet browser, organizer and data applications via an integrated platform. With their BlackBerry device, users can easily and remotely manage their e-mail, appointments and contacts and access corporate applications.
“BlackBerry is a proven solution that is popular around the world and we are pleased to be working with RIM to include this powerful communications tool into our current solutions portfolio,” said Ali Kesan, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Turkcell. “Turkey has a rapidly growing enterprise sector and we are committed to introducing innovative products to enhance the business and personal communications of mobile professionals. By using BlackBerry from Turkcell, subscribers will increase their productivity, efficiency, and responsiveness.”
“We are pleased to work with Turkcell to introduce BlackBerry to customers in Turkey,” said Don Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at Research In Motion. “Over two million people are already enjoying the advantages of BlackBerry and we think Turkcell customers will be very impressed with the BlackBerry experience.”
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange and IBM(R) Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service(TM) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
Further information will be available at a later date.
Turkcell is the leading GSM operator in Turkey with 23.4 million postpaid and prepaid customers as of December 31, 2004. Turkcell provides high-quality wireless telephone services throughout Turkey and has coverage of 100% of the towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants. Turkcell provides roaming with 435 operators in 174 countries as of January 12, 2005 December 31, 2004. Turkcell is the only NYSE listed company in Turkey. Turkcell has interests in international GSM operations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Northern Cyprus, which have a total of 3.5 million subscribers as of September 30, 2004.
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(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) 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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