Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Grameenphone Introduces BlackBerry for the First Time in Bangladesh

Grameenphone Ltd. and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® wireless solution in Bangladesh. The BlackBerry solution will be provided through Grameenphone’s Business Solutions, which is focused on meeting the special needs of businesses. Available for the first time in Bangladesh, BlackBerry smartphones will provide Grameenphone’s customers with access to a wide range of mobile applications, including email, browsing, messaging, phone, organizer, multimedia and a wide range of other business and lifestyle applications.

Anders Jensen, CEO at Grameenphone said: “The BlackBerry platform is the gold standard in mobility for business users around the world. We are proud to be the first mobile operator launching the BlackBerry platform in Bangladesh, bringing in the next level of global connectivity for businesses.”

Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Research In Motion said, “The BlackBerry platform, together with Grameenphone’s network, will offer an innovative and powerful mobile solution that enables users to be more productive, flexible and successful in both work and life.”

Grameenphone will initially offer the BlackBerry® 8700g and the BlackBerry® Pearl™ smartphones in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service. The BlackBerry 8700g and the BlackBerry Pearl will operate on Grameenphone’s EDGE/GPRS enabled GSM network.

The BlackBerry 8700g comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and delivers fast performance for wireless email (with support for attachment viewing), web browsing and other mobile applications. It features a bright, high resolution LCD display that delivers vivid graphics and incorporates an intelligent light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to provide optimal lighting for indoor, outdoor, and dark environments. The BlackBerry 8700g also supports messaging (SMS and MMS), instant messaging and comes with premium phone features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with car kits and wireless headsets.

The BlackBerry Pearl smartphone is packed with powerful communication and multimedia capabilities and yet it is incredibly sleek and stylish. The BlackBerry Pearl incorporates RIM’s innovative SureType® keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with a familiar QWERTY keyboard to enable a narrower design while allowing users to type messages and dial phone numbers quickly and accurately. It also features a 1.3 mega-pixel camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom, a media player, expandable memory slot and a trackball navigation system.

For corporate customers who use software such as MS Exchange Server, the BlackBerry Enterprise Service will best suit their needs, as the software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments and features IT policy controls for managing smartphone features and usage. Individuals and smaller businesses can use the BlackBerry Internet Service that allows users to manage up to ten supported corporate and personal email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts, from a single device.

The BlackBerry 8700g and the BlackBerry Pearl smartphones will be available from Grameenphone in January 2008. For more information on the BlackBerry solution from Grameenphone, please visit www.grameenphone.com, selected Grameenphone Centers across the country or call 121. Existing Business Solutions clients may also contact their Key Account Managers for more details.

About Grameenphone & Business Solutions:

Grameenphone Ltd. is the largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 16.5 million subscribers as of December 2007. It has an EDGE/GPRS enabled nationwide network covering 98 percent of the population. Grameenphone is a joint venture between Telenor (62%) of Norway and Grameen Telecom (38%) of Bangladesh. Business Solutions from Grameenphone is a complete, quality business communications service from Grameenphone, designed especially for the business community in Bangladesh.For more information, please visit our site, www.grameenphone.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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as "intend" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. The Company has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products.

[ Source: Research In Motion ]

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the price per month for the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) and the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). Grameen's unlimited data package is Tk.1000+VAT per month, but I've heard that BIS (unlimited email and internet capablity on Blackberry devices) costs less than Tk.1000. Also will Grameen allow unlocked Blackberry devices bought from abroad (US/Canada) to use their BIS service?

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