BlackBerry launched in Bahrain


From Times Square to Bahrain in a day? BlackBerry, you move fast. It’s always nice when RIM launches their services in another country – it’s like we’ll be getting new penpals in no time. Digressions aside, the news is that the BlackBerry 8700g has been launched in Bahrain by RIM with help from Batelco, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS). If you’re the press-release-reading type, by all means.

BlackBerry, a popular wireless device, was today launched in Bahrain jointly by Batelco, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) and Research In Motion (RIM).

BlackBerry solution is available immediately in Batelco shops and for corporate customers through Batelco account managers.

RIM is the developer of the proven BlackBerry wireless platform. EMS is a Dubai-based solutions and service provider of wireless handheld business solutions.

BlackBerry provides mobile professionals with secure wireless access to email, phone, internet, SMS, organiser and corporate data applications from a single device. The first BlackBerry device to be launched in Bahrain is the BlackBerry 8700g.

“BlackBerry is the must-have business tool for mobile email and communications. Business users can never underestimate the importance of staying in touch while on the go. BlackBerry can help businesses outperform their competition by increasing user productivity and efficiency, and enhancing customer service,” said Batelco corporate affairs general manager Ahmed Al Janahi.

The BlackBerry 8700g is a quad-band device that operates on Batelco’s GSM/GPRS network and delivers fast performance for web browsing, application use and email attachment viewing. In addition, the BlackBerry 8700g provides a bright, high resolution LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colors and delivers vivid graphics. It also incorporates an intelligent light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to provide optimised viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments. The BlackBerry 8700g also includes premium phone features such as a dedicated ‘mute’ key, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth support for hands-free use with car kits and wireless headsets.

“With over 5.5 million subscribers worldwide, RIM is committed to extending the availability of BlackBerry globally and we are pleased to be working with Batelco to bring the benefits of BlackBerry to mobile customers in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time,” said Charmaine Eggberry, vice president and managing director of EMEA at Research in Motion. “BlackBerry is the perfect tool for individuals that strive to be more productive, more flexible and ultimately more successful in work and life.”

“We are pleased to launch BlackBerry from Batelco in Bahrain and look forward to enabling new customers to realise the productivity benefits of BlackBerry,” said Derek Roga, chief executive officer, EMS.

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