Vodacom Launches Blackberry Built-In and Blackberry Connect In South Africa

Vodacom, South Africa’s Leading Cellular Network, and Research In Motion today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ for the Motorola MPx220 and the Sony Ericsson P910i, as well as BlackBerry Built-In for the Siemens SK65, for the first time in South Africa. BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In enable users of the Motorola MPx220, Sony Ericsson P910i and Siemens SK65 to benefit from popular BlackBerry services operating on the Vodacom network.

Asked about this new development, Pieter Uys, Vodacom Chief Operating Officer said, “BlackBerry is proving to be a very popular service with Vodacom customers and we are excited to offer our customers the latest device choices. By combining state-of-the-art devices such as the Motorola MPx220, Sony Ericsson P910i, and Siemens SK65 with BlackBerry services, Vodacom South Africa is expanding upon its BlackBerry portfolio, providing our customers with additional choice. Vodacom is proud to offer the popular BlackBerry services on a wide range of devices and will continue to lead the telecommunications industry in South Africa by providing the latest wireless communication solutions for everyone.”

Vodacom was first to market with BlackBerry® in South Africa in February 2005 offering the BlackBerry 7290, the BlackBerry 7100v devices, as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ and BlackBerry Internet Service™. With the addition of BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In, Vodacom customers can benefit from the proven, secure BlackBerry architecture while enjoying the robust features of the Sony Ericsson P910i, Motorola MPx220 and Siemens SK65.

Customers who already own a Sony Ericsson P910i or Motorola MPx220 device and want to use BlackBerry services, can obtain the BlackBerry Connect client software from their local Vodacare outlet. The application is provided on compact disk and includes the necessary BlackBerry client and desktop software and user manuals. The Siemens SK65 is pre-installed with a series of BlackBerry applications and is ready to go.

“With more than three million BlackBerry subscribers today, BlackBerry continues to grow in popularity around the world. We are very pleased to work with Vodacom South Africa, through its alliance with Vodafone, to deliver push-based BlackBerry services for a broader range of mobile devices,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.

Vodacom’s Chief Operating Officer, Pieter Uys added, “Vodacom, through our alliance with Vodafone, is able to be ahead of the game in bringing first-class wireless communications technologies to South Africa. Once again, with BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In, Vodacom demonstrates its leadership position in the South African market, giving Vodacom customers the freedom of choice to be able to link to a world beyond borders.”

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