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BlackBerry OS available for the BlackBerry Storm



RIM, along with United Arab Emirates carrier Etisalat, have launched the BlackBerry Storm 9500 in the UAE. Along with this news, comes a download for OS version This is an official release so feel free to download and give it a shot.

Download OS (app version for the Storm 9500.



Joint Venture Initiates Global Thrust for SteelCloud’s Appliances for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution (BlackBerry Bytes)


Press Release

SteelWork Mobile is Now Available in the Middle East and Africa Markets

SteelCloud, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of compliance-based technology solutions, today announced that it has formed a joint venture, SteelCloud Middle East & Africa Free Zone Company, with XSAT FZE, a telecommunication services company based in the United Arab Emirates. SteelCloud MEA, focused on the Middle East and Africa, will market and support SteelWorks Mobile appliances developed for BlackBerry Enterprise Server from Research In Motion.

SteelWork Mobile Press Release

EMS and Warid bring BlackBerrys to Pakistan


warid telecom zem prepaid program for BlackBerry

In an announcement similar to the one made by ACS in Alaska (just for the other side of the world), Emitac Mobile Solutions and Warid Telecom announced the launch of a trio of Blackberrys for all Zem prepaid users in Pakistan. Zem users now have access to the BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry Pearl 8120 and BlackBerry Curve 8310.

Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom, Marwan Zawaydeh, said, “Warid Telecom has one of the largest GPRS/EDGE networks in Pakistan and is focused on providing the latest innovations to our valued users. Since prepaid connections are the priority for the majority of users in Pakistan, we are introducing the BlackBerry solution with prepaid options for them. It helps bridge the digital divide for the majority of people in the Pakistani market. Our loyal Zem prepaid users will be the first in Pakistan to enjoy the benefits of BlackBerry smartphones.”

Follow the link for more information on Warid’s Zem prepaid program, and view the full press release after the jump.

(via RIM)

Warid Telecom BlackBerry press release

Du launches BlackBerry service in UAE


DuAnnounced back in back in May, Du’s BlackBerry service has finally gone live after government approval and is now available in the United Arab Emirates. There’s quite the BlackBerry lineup for Du, including the BlackBerry 8100 for AED 1,799.00, the BlackBerry 8300 for AED 1,880.00, the BlackBerry 8700 for AED 1,350.00 and the BlackBerry 8800 for AED 2,199.00. It’s a solid start for an inaugural launch and shows that Du is clearly throwing their chips in with RIM in order to take on the current leading carrier, Etisalat. It’ll be tough going, but we certainly know what it’s like in Canada to not have much in the way of competition.

(via cellular-news)


Du announces BlackBerry service in UAE


UAEAlthough Etisalat rules the UAE market, underdog du has just announced their new BlackBerry services. The launch lineup is pretty extensive, and includes the BlackBerry 8700, BlackBerry 8100, BlackBerry 8300 and BlackBerry 8800. A BBCool reader had made the point that Du has a long way to go to catch up to Etisalat. To me, getting some BlackBerrys on the shelf is a step in that direction.


Pay-per-user BES option in UAE


EtisalatThe United Arab Emirates carrier Etisalat has busted out a new option for small enterprises looking to get a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. For anything under 20 people, Etisalat is offering a presumably carrier-hosted pay-per-user BES, and to promote the new offer, they’re giving away the first license for free. On top of that, they’re cutting regular BES costs by 50% until the end of the year. Hey, corporate folks deserve some holiday savings too.