BlackBerry Bold launches in Pakistan

BlackBerry Bold

RIM, in partnership with strategic channel partner Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS), announced yesterday the availability of the BlackBerry Bold in Pakistan, via leading Pakistan telecom Ufone.

Mr. Ali Ikram from Ufone commented on the new smartphone, stating, “This elegant BlackBerry Bold smartphone from Ufone will surely delight every Pakistani tech-savvy customer as well as those who value increased productivity. This unique smartphone delivers an amazing blend of functionality, performance, usability and design – making it an ideal choice for both professionals and power users in Pakistan.”

No pricing information is available yet, so we recommend dropping by your nearest Ufone outlet for more details. You can read the full press release after the jump, as well as our exhaustive BlackBerry Bold review.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

Islamabad,Pakistan and Waterloo, ON Canada - Ufone, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Pakistan, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® BoldTM smartphone together with Emitac Mobile Solution (EMS), a RIM strategic channel partner.

The ultra elegant BlackBerry Bold smartphone, with its lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leatherette backplate, is a symbol of accomplishment and aspiration. With its stunning display, sophisticated user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a ‘must have’ for business professionals and power users.

The BlackBerry Bold smartphone’s support of tri-band HSDPA and Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g) networks, as well as its next generation 624 MHz mobile processor, make quick work of downloading attachments, streaming videos and rendering web pages. Users can even talk on the phone while working on email, browsing the web or accessing other data applications.

Mr. Ali Ikram from Ufone commented on the new smartphone, stating, “This elegant BlackBerry Bold smartphone from Ufone will surely delight every Pakistani tech-savvy customer as well as those who value increased productivity. This unique smartphone delivers an amazing blend of functionality, performance, usability and design – making it an ideal choice for both professionals and power users in Pakistan.”

“We are glad to assist Ufone in bringing the BlackBerry Bold smartphone to Pakistan,” said Faisal Bashir Gill, Director, Sales and Marketing of EMS. “We have seen keen interest in BlackBerry smartphones in Pakistan and the BlackBerry Bold brings exceptional functionality and performance in a stylish design. We are committed to support Ufone in introducing innovative technology and we believe that its customers will enjoy the great benefits and efficiency of the new smartphone in both their professional and personal life.”

“The BlackBerry Bold smartphone combines powerful communications, multimedia and connectivity features that are complemented by a wide range of third party software applications for both business use and personal enjoyment. We are pleased to be working with EMS and Ufone to bring the powerful and sophisticated BlackBerry Bold to customers in Pakistan,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at RIM.

BlackBerry Bold smartphone features include:

    * Dimensions: 114 x 66 x 15 mm. Approximate weight (including removable battery): 136 g.
    * Elegant design.
    * HVGA (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) networks
    * Next-generation 624 MHz mobile processor.
    * Integrated GPS, supports BlackBerry® Maps and other location-based applications.
    * Includes 128 MB Flash memory plus 1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as a microSD/SDHC memory card slot with support for up to 16GB of additional storage, which is conveniently accessible from a side door.
    * Newly enhanced, high performance browser and high-resolution, ultra-bright 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 desktop-style HTML content 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 or 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), 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 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 enterprise email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts.
    * BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments, providing advanced security and IT management in IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange, and Novell® GroupWise® environments.

About Ufone
Ufone is an Etisalat Group Company with its presence in all the major cities of Pakistan along with a comprehensive coverage across all major towns, villages and tehsil headquarters of the country. The company employs more than 2,500 people and operates with a network of more than 365 franchises and 25 company-owned customer service centers along with a distribution network of 150,000 outlets nationwide.

About EMS
Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) is a Dubai based solutions and service provider and a RIM strategic channel partner focused on the delivery, implementation and support of BlackBerry® Solutions. Delivered by an experienced team of mobile professionals, EMS provides the mobile operator with sales, marketing, distribution, solution implementation and technical support services for the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM). For organizations using the BlackBerry wireless platform, EMS provides the ability to rapidly create, deploy and manage robust client-server wireless applications that reduce an organization’s total cost of ownership and significantly increases the value of their mobile technology investment. EMS is the region’s first Mobile Virtual Solutions Provider (MVSP) whose services are delivered through partnerships the company has with mobile operators in the Gulf, North Africa and Eastern Europe. For more information about EMS please visit www.emsmobile.com

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 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® 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.

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

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