Airtel Introduces the Globally Acclaimed BlackBerry 7100g in India
NEW DELHI, India & WATERLOO, Ontario — Airtel, India’s leading mobile service provider and Research In Motion (TSX:RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM) today introduced the globally acclaimed, BlackBerry 7100g(TM) business phone in India. Another first from Airtel in India, this innovative business phone is the result of years of research and development by Research In Motion and incorporates SureType(TM) keyboard technology with the best combined wireless phone, e-mail & data experience for users who prefer a traditional ‘candy bar’ handset design. Airtel’s widening portfolio of BlackBerry(R) products will help in expanding the adoption of BlackBerry in India.
The BlackBerry 7100g from Airtel is a breakthrough innovation that packs all the benefits of BlackBerry into a traditional ‘candy bar’ phone design. The BlackBerry 7100g combines a full featured quad-band mobile phone that includes Bluetooth(R) support and speakerphone with push-based wireless email, text messaging, web browser and personal organizer applications – all on a large and bright, high-resolution color screen. The BlackBerry 7100g has been developed for active mobile professionals who want to manage their work wherever they are and also keep in touch with family, friends and the latest news using an all-in-one handset.
Announcing the launch of the BlackBerry 7100g in India, Mr. Atul Bindal, Director & Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Cellular Limited, said, “Airtel is the first and only service provider in India to offer BlackBerry. BlackBerry has been well received by both Airtel’s prosumer and enterprise customers. The launch of the BlackBerry 7100g will catalyze further growth of BlackBerry in India as it gives customers more choice and meets their mobile lifestyle needs and preferences.”
According to Don Morrison Chief Operating Officer, at Research In Motion, “The BlackBerry 7100g and its innovative SureType keyboard technology delivers a compelling phone and messaging experience in a sleek and stylish design. Airtel’s strong technical and service capabilities add significant value and we think the combined offering will be very appealing to customers looking to upgrade from their existing mobile phone.”
The BlackBerry 7100g incorporates SureType(TM), an innovative keyboard technology that effectively converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional ‘candy bar’ phone design.. The BlackBerry 7100g allows four hours talk time and eight days standby time and features quad-band support (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service(TM) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise(R) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.
Airtel currently offers three models in India – the BlackBerry 7730(TM), the BlackBerry 7230(TM) and the BlackBerry 6230(TM). Within 8 months of launching BlackBerry in India, premier clients in India include Ernst & Young, GE Capital, HSBC Bank, Wipro Technologies, Standard Chartered Bank, Infosys, Siemens, Gillette India, Star TV, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey & Company, Master Card, Hewitt, Johnson & Johnson among other large organizations.
About Research In Motion
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(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) 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 http://www.rim.com or http://www.blackberry.com.
Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India’s leading private sector provider of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 12.26 million customers as of end of April ’05, consisting of approximately 11.39 million mobile customers. The company is the only operator to provide mobile services in all the 23 circles in India. The company also provides telephone services and Internet access over DSL in 14 circles. The company complements its mobile, broadband & telephone services with national and international long distance services. The company also has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. The company provides reliable end-to-end data and enterprise services to the corporate customers by leveraging its nationwide fiber optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing station. For more information, visit http://www.bhartiteleventures.com
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