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Orange Romania And RIM To Introduce BlackBerry In Romania

Orange Romania and Research In Motion today announced plans to introduce the BlackBerry® wireless platform to customers in Romania. Orange Romania will initially launch the BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld(TM) and BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) v4.0.

With BlackBerry, Orange is broadening its range of mobile business solutions and making it easier, faster and more efficient to work while away from the office. Orange Romania’s customers will be able to enjoy secure, always-on access to email, phone, text messaging, organizer, Internet browser and corporate data applications via the BlackBerry 7290(TM), operating on Orange Romania’s GPRS network.

BlackBerry “push” technology enables e-mail and data to be automatically delivered to the wireless handheld without the need to dial in or proactively retrieve information. Users can compose, receive, forward or reply to emails as well as read and forward attachments in formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, ASCII, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and PNG.

“We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Research In Motion. The BlackBerry solution will revolutionize the way we communicate and do business, by providing Orange customers with a single device that combines the efficiency and features of a mobile phone with the benefits of wireless email and a platform for corporate data applications. Ultimately, we aim to make our customers’ lives easier, anytime, anywhere. We plan to offer BlackBerry to Orange subscribers in Romania before the end of June,” said Yves Gauthier, Deputy CEO at Orange Romania.

Don Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at RIM said: “The BlackBerry wireless solution has already proven to be effective, reliable and popular with many customers in other countries around the world. We are now very pleased to expand our relationship with Orange and we look forward to extending the reach of BlackBerry, together with Orange Romania.”

The BlackBerry 7290 is a quad-band mobile handset (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz). Its QWERTY keyboard and simplified navigation enable easy and intuitive handling. The 240 x 160 pixel screen displays over 65,000 colours and Bluetooth® support makes it possible to use a wireless headset or car kit for hands-free calls.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 offers many advanced features for both users and IT departments. The BlackBerry solution can be integrated with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise® and enables standards-based, wireless access to other back-end corporate applications such as ERP and CRM. It also supports advanced security standards (including AES and Triple DES).

Orange Romania will also offer BlackBerry Internet Service(TM), which allows individuals and smaller businesses to access up to ten corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

Further information will be available at a later date.

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