Allstream launches BlackBerry 8830


ManitobaIf we’ve got any readers out in the Prairies, they’ll be happy to know that MTS Allstream is now packing the BlackBerry 8830 in Manitoba for $299.99 on a 3-year plan. To sweeten the deal, Allstream will cut your monthly costs in half for the first six months. if you sign up to any of their Talk, Email & Surf plans. C’mon you guys are into the free-range roaming, how about some wireless roaming between CDMA and GSM? Pretty much the same thing, right?

MTS Allstream Introduces Manitobans to BlackBerry® 8830 World Edition Smartphone

RIM’s World Edition Smartphone works nationwide on CDMA networks and roams globally on GSM/GPRS networks

WINNIPEG, MBSeptember 13, 2007 – MTS Allstream Inc. (“MTS Allstream”) is proud to be bringing the latest in telecommunications technology to Manitobans, with the launch of the new BlackBerry® 8830. The BlackBerry 8830 is a stylish, full QWERTY, industry-leading smartphone that has all the features of a wireless phone with e-mail, instant messaging, organizer, and Web browser with media-rich music and video playback capabilities.

Working on the high speed mobile networks in Canada and partnering with other wireless carriers in over 170 countries around the world, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone combines the features of a wireless phone with email – all in one sleek, stylish handset. It also allows you to roam internationally, with just one number with our International Roaming Service.

“Research In Motion Limited has come up with the most exquisite way to combine business with pleasure,” said Stan Kurtas, Vice-President Marketing, Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. “The BlackBerry 8830 has all the tools for efficiency and productivity that the BlackBerry is known for, with the media-playing capabilities that today’s wireless users have come to expect. Combined with its international roaming capabilities, the BlackBerry 8830 is truly in a league of its own.”

Additional features of the BlackBerry 8830 include removable memory, voice-activated dialing, a bright energy-efficient colour display with auto backlight sensor, high-capacity battery, wireless modem, and hands-free calling (speakerphone and Bluetooth™ 2.0 technology). Despite these many features, the device is incredibly compact and slim.

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone can also easily tether to a laptop computer to double as a wireless modem operating on the MTS Mobility high speed EVDO wireless network. Customers can also subscribe to MTS Connection Manager, a service that delivers seamless connectivity across multiple wired and wireless networks, including Ethernet, personal and business WiFi gateways, and MTS Mobility cellular 1xEVDO networks.

The BlackBerry 8830 can be purchased at MTS Connect stores and authorized dealers throughout Manitoba. With the Talk, Email & Surf plan available as low as $45.00 per month, the BlackBerry 8830 is now available for $299.99 with a 36-month contract. Sign up on any Talk, Email & Surf plan and receive a 50% discount on your monthly rate plan for the first six months. For more information on this and other exciting wireless devices offered by MTS Allstream, please visit:

About MTS Allstream

MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., and is one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division, which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of rapidly evolving technology – Internet protocol-based communications, unified communications, voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data, digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS Allstream’s extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit:

For more information, please contact:

Greg Burch
Manager Corporate Communications
(204) 941-8576