Proximus and RIM Extend Range of BlackBerry Products in Belgium
Leading Belgian mobile phone operator Proximus and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry 7100v(TM) business phone and BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) v4.0, expanding Proximus’ existing range of BlackBerry(R) products in order to offer more choice to mobile customers. The BlackBerry 7100v from Proximus is the first of its kind available in Belgium, delivering the power of BlackBerry within a sleek and stylish mobile phone design. In addition to push-based email and phone capabilities, the BlackBerry 7100v also features support for text messaging, browser, organizer and corporate data applications in a compact, integrated device. The BlackBerry 7100v features a large and bright, high-resolution color screen, Bluetooth(R) support, quad-band radio for international roaming and 32 MB flash memory + 4 MB SRAM.
The BlackBerry 7100v offers an exceptional typing experience thanks to a new keyboard technology from RIM called SureType(TM) that effectively converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY (or AZERTY) keyboard to fit elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional ‘candy bar’ phone design. Through an integrated keyboard and software system, SureType provides users with an instinctively familiar look and feel and allows them to dial phone numbers and type messages quickly, accurately and comfortably. The BlackBerry 7100v joins the existing range of BlackBerry devices offered by Proximus including the BlackBerry 7290(TM) and BlackBerry 7730(TM).
Proximus is also introducing BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, which offers exceptional manageability, enhanced security and simplified application development to allow the creation of additional wireless data applications such as CRM and business intelligence applications. In addition, end users will benefit through a range of enhancements that improve the overall wireless experience. With BlackBerry Enterpriser Server v4.0, users will be able to wirelessly synch both email and organizer applications. Users will also be able to remotely control e-mail filters and out-of-office replies from their device and view a broader range of attachments (including the ability to view JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG and TIFF images) with pan, rotate and zoom functionalities.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(R) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
On 31 December 2004, Proximus had 4,197,826 active customers(a) (1,720,070 subscribers and 2,477,756 prepaid customers). Proximus, the market leader in mobile telephony in Belgium, is 75% owned by the Belgacom Group and 25% by Vodafone. Belgacom is listed on the First Market in Euronext Brussels, under “BELG”.
(a) Active customer equals a mobile phone user who has transmitted or received a call or SMS message in the past three months
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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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