Avea andRIM Launch BlackBerry for Mobile Professionals in Turkey

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Avea and Research In Motion today launched BlackBerry® in Turkey. Avea is offering the BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld(TM) and the BlackBerry 7100g(TM) business phone to both enterprise and individual users. Today’s announcement follows the completion of successful BlackBerry trials with Avea’s major customers during the past several months and expands its data and voice communication services for both current and potential customers. With BlackBerry, Avea’s customers will be able to stay easily connected to people and information while on the go.


Developed and manufactured by RIM, the BlackBerry 7290(TM) and BlackBerry 7100g are both quad band mobile devices (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) that integrate wireless access to email, phone, organizer, Internet browser, text messaging and corporate data applications in a single integrated device. Both devices incorporate Bluetooth® support for hands-free calls with a wireless headset or car kit. The BlackBerry 7290 features a full QWERTY keyboard and the smaller BlackBerry 7100g features the popular SureType keyboard technology that effectively converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional ‘candy bar’ phone design. Both devices also enable simple navigation for easy and intuitive handling.

Avea also plans to make BlackBerry services available to its customers on other manufacturers’ devices through RIM’s BlackBerry Connect(TM) licensing program. Details of specific devices to be available through Avea will be provided at a later date.

“We continue to live up to our promise to provide the best available wireless products and services and the introduction of BlackBerry is proof of that commitment. We are very proud to add BlackBerry to our offering to ensure that our customers continue to get the best from Avea,” said Cahit Paksoy, Board Member and CEO of Avea.

“BlackBerry is a proven solution and its popularity is spreading rapidly around the world,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “We are very pleased to be working with Avea to help mobile professionals enhance their communications and productivity.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) 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(TM) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.