Orange launches BlackBerry Bold in Romania

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Orange Romania LogoDid anyone else notice during Jim Balsillie’s keynote at CTIA how he always prefaced the AT&T Bold launch in early October with the word ‘hopefully’? I wonder why he didn’t also mention how hopeful he was for Orange and our Romanian friends? Busting right out of Bucharest, Orange and RIM jointly announced the launch of the BlackBerry Bold in Romania today. Part of the France Telecom group, Orange is nothing to sneeze at with 10 million subscribers in Romania, making it at least as big as Rogers here in the frozen North.

“We are glad to offer our customers the 3G-enabled BlackBerry Bold smartphone. Orange continues to bring the latest products and solutions to the Romanian market and currently offers four BlackBerry smartphones and a wide range of BlackBerry smartphone tariff plans,” stated Razvan Sturza, Orange Romania Product Manager.

The BlackBerry Bold, already available for Orange corporate customers, can now be found in Orange storefronts, ranging from 349 Euros – 439 Euros depending on the BlackBerry smartphone tariff plan chosen.

Read the Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

(via RIM)

Bucharest, Romania and Waterloo, On., Canada – Orange and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the new 3G-enabled BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone in Romania.

With the powerful BlackBerry Bold smartphone, Orange customers can benefit from high-speed data transfer on HSDPA networks around the world, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as a rich set of communications and multimedia capabilities. Featuring a lusterous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leatherette backplate, the BlackBerry Bold is a symbol of both accomplishment and aspiration. In addition to its robust feature set and elegant design, the BlackBerry Bold comes with a stunning display, sophisticated and intuitive user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY keyboard, making it a ‘must have’ for business professionals and power users.

“We are glad to offer our customers the 3G-enabled BlackBerry Bold smartphone. Orange continues to bring the latest products and solutions to the Romanian market and currently offers four BlackBerry smartphones and a wide range of BlackBerry smartphone tariff plans,” stated Razvan Sturza, Orange Romania Product Manager.

The BlackBerry Bold smartphone provides wireless access to email, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and many other business and lifestyle applications. Through its integrated GPS, the BlackBerry Bold can pinpoint its exact location to support a variety of location-based applications and services. It also comes with BlackBerry® Maps for easy access to directions.

“The new BlackBerry Bold smartphone represents a tremendous step forward in business-grade smartphones and lives up to its name with incredible functionality and performance. Customers around the world are reacting very positively to the BlackBerry Bold and we are pleased to work with Orange to bring this impressive smartphone to their customers in Romania,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, RIM.

BlackBerry Bold smartphone features include:

* Dimensions: 114 x 66 x 15 mm. Approximate weight (including removable battery) 136g.
* Elegant design made from premium materials.
* Half VGA (480×320 resolution at 217 ppi) colour LCD presents stunning image quality.
* Newly designed precision keyboard allows fast and accurate typing.
* Support for tri-band HSDPA and enterprise-grade Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g) high-speed networks, together with next-generation 624 MHz mobile processor, enable video streaming, file downloading and rendering of web pages with high performance.
* Integrated GPS, further enhanced with improved rendering capabilities and faster download speeds.
* Includes 128 MB Flash memory plus 1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as a microSD/SDHC* memory card slot that is conveniently accessible from a side door. As an added bonus, Orange is including a 1GB microSD card.
* Newly enhanced, high performance browser and high-resolution, ultra-sharp display give users an on-the-go web browsing experience with desktop-style depiction. The trackball mimics a mouse, making it easy to navigate sites in “Page View” or “Column View” or to point-and-click in order to zoom in on specific parts of a web page, while different emulation settings allow users to choose between tdesktop-style HTML content and and the mobile version of web pages. Attachments can also now be downloaded from within the browser and there is support for watching streaming videos (RTSP – real-time streaming protocol).
* Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be edited directly on the handset using the preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go® software suite.
* 2 megapixel camera with video recording capability, built-in flash and digital zoom.
* Numerous premium phone features including Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD) and Bluetooth® 2.0, with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including car kits that adhere to the Bluetooth Remote SIM Access Profile) and other Bluetooth peripherals.
* For managing music and video, the BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software includes Roxio® Media Manager for BlackBerry as well as Roxio Photosuite® 9 LE, which makes it easy to enhance pictures and create photo albums on the computer. For users that manage their music collection with iTunes®, the new BlackBerry® Media Sync application provides a simple way to sync iTunes digital music collections with the smartphone**. Support for High Speed USB 2.0 allows files to be transferred quickly from a computer to the BlackBerry Bold smartphone.
* BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate e-mail accounts, including most popular ISP e-mail accounts.
* BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments, providing advanced security and IT administration in IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange, and Novell® GroupWise® environments.

The BlackBerry Bold smartphone is available now for Orange corporate customers and will be available in all Orange shops from 15th September. Prices range from 349 Euros – 439 Euros depending on the BlackBerry smartphone tariff plan chosen.

About Orange
Orange is the market leader in Romania with 10.088 million customers, as of the first half 2008. It is part of the France Telecom Group, one of the largest communications company worldwide, with over 173 million users on five continents.

At the end of June 2008, Orange Romania had revenues of EUR 321 million, showing an increase by 8.8% in the second quarter as compared to the same period of the previous year. In order to be closer to its customers, Orange developed a large network of stores, counting 90 locations throughout the country.

Orange Romania’s network provides the widest coverage and excellent performance in services offered to its customers. Orange means the desire to create a better future and to offer a communication experience as simple and as intuitive as possible. Orange stands for more than technology, mobile telephony or GSM networks. It is a brand created to facilitate communication among people and add value in the communities where it operates. The France Telecom Group has a well-defined strategy for corporate social responsibility that helps Orange Romania conducted its business responsibly.

For more information please access www.orange.ro.

About Research In Motion (RIM)
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’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ 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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* MicroSD/SDHC memory cards are available today in configurations of up to 8GB and the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is expected to support upcoming 16GB microSD/SDHC cards.

**Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies