Should Your Company Take The Smartphone Challenge?

As a lifelong member of the BlackBerry Nation, I often take for granted the value of my BlackBerry as a business and personal aid. However, I’m sure there are many true believers out there that are not fortunate enough to work for a ‘wireless’ company, and have to make do with a typewriter and an abacus. If that’s the case, you must tell your company about the Smartphone Challenge.

A joint initiative between The Phone Store, RIM, Rackspace Hosting and Sprint, the Smartphone Challenge is an opportunity for companies to get their feet wet with smartphones before making any financial commitments. Here’s the deal: your company gets a 10-day free trial with five Sprint BlackBerrys, full Exchange and BES hosting, and a bunch of free software and other goodies to sweeten the deal. The Phone Store will also host a launch party and training session to make sure everyone is aquainted with their new mobile friends. After the trial period is up, you can either choose to give the devices back or keep them.

Amazingly, the Smartphone Challenge has a 100% success rate. You’ll be hearing more from us about these guys — we always love giving exposure to the true soldiers of the BlackBerry Nation. Until then, check out another picture of the Smartphone Challenge goodie chest, as well as the full press release.

The Phone Store, Inc. Launches the Smartphone ChallengeTM Campaign for Companies across Texas

San Antonio, TX — Using a Blackberry device for your business can save almost an hour of valuable time per day. Now through the Smartphone ChallengeTM, this high-tech phone and
office assistant no longer has to be a mystery.

For the first time in the U.S., San Antonio-based The Phone Store Inc. has teamed up with Research In Motion, Rackspace® Hosting, and Sprint to offer a compelling way for businesses to try before they buy.

During a 10-day trial period, companies can test the latest communication tools, also known as smartphones at no cost and no obligation. Any company can test five BlackBerry devices programmed with their own phone numbers, e-mails and contacts on the Sprint network. The smartphone also comes with full Managed Microsoft Exchange Hosting and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Hosting from our hosting provider, San Antonio-based Rackspace, through their email hosting division, Mailtrust®.

Other software applications on the phones include GPS navigation, news feeds and e-mail attachment support. After signing up for the Smartphone ChallengeTM, The Phone Store will host a launch party with the company and provide an interactive training session to help you learn the phone quickly.

The Texas launch precedes a national rollout scheduled later this fall, which is a first for the U.S.

“We have worked hard on this for many months to make sure our partners are behind us 100
percent! We have tested and run several successful trials, and now we are ready to change the way businesses buy wireless,” said Charlie Slaughter, co-founder of The Phone Store, Inc. According to a 2007 study done by Ipsos Reid, the average BlackBerry smartphone user converts 60 minutes of downtime into productive time per day.

“If someone could offer you one extra hour per day to spend with family or friends, and save you or make you more money, what would you say?” said Slaughter.

The first company to take the Smartphone ChallengeTM was San Antonio?based Protec, which has since purchased 10 BlackBerry devices for its company.

Keith Traxler of Protec said, “Our internal communication has dramatically improved. A faster customer?response time pays huge dividends. I’m very excited about our new smartphones!”

Several other Texas companies have already signed up to take the SmartPhone ChallengeTM. Companies and organizations that want to try the Smartphone ChallengeTM can go to and sign up on the site.

About The Phone Store, Inc. — The Phone Store, Inc. was founded in 2005 by Charles and Charlie Slaughter. The company has since expanded to six Texas retail locations in San Antonio, Victoria, Seguin, Rockport, and Floresville. The Phone Store’s purpose is to save companies thousands of dollars while making the purchasing experience positive and productive for the wireless user.

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