SingTel and RIM to Bring BlackBerry Wireless Solution to Mobile Professionals in Asia and Australia
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SINGAPORE & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2004
BlackBerry From SingTel Provides Integrated Access to Email, Data
and Phone Applications in an Advanced Wireless Handheld
Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today announced plans to offer the BlackBerry(R) wireless solution to mobile professionals in Asia and Australia. BlackBerry will provide integrated access to email, data and phone applications via a color wireless handheld to customers of SingTel and its wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia, Optus, as well as SingTel’s mobile associate, Globe Telecom, a market leader in the Philippines.
“BlackBerry’s integrated access to Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino environments, together with SingTel’s international roaming capabilities, make it an ideal solution for our corporate customers on the move,” said Mr Thomas Yeo, SingTel’s Vice President for Corporate Business Marketing. “With BlackBerry, we can further extend our existing portfolio of mobile office solutions, and expand the breadth of high quality and seamless service of wireless email to a wider market.”
“BlackBerry is a great addition to GlobeSolutions’ suite of enterprise mobility solutions,” says Globe Telecom, Corporate Business Head Dan David. “With its superior platform for delivering wireless information to the mobile professional, our corporate subscribers will find that BlackBerry complements GlobeSolutions’ business-building mobile services that have made us the partner of choice in the Philippines’ corporate market.”
“SingTel is a leading mobile operator in Asia Pacific and we are very pleased to begin working together to bring the innovative BlackBerry solution to their customers,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry has developed a very strong following around the world and we believe SingTel’s customers also value the BlackBerry experience and the productivity benefits enabled by always-on, push-based connectivity to email and corporate data.”
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange or IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data. The combination of RIM’s BlackBerry solution together with SingTel’s proven GSM/GPRS (local and global) coverage and unwavering commitment to quality service, will provide enterprise customers with a robust wireless platform that meets the strict security standards for mobile email.
The BlackBerry 7730(TM) and BlackBerry 7230(TM) Wireless Handhelds are designed to provide the best mobile user experience with integrated support for phone, email, SMS, organizer, web and corporate data applications. The handhelds feature high-resolution color screens while maintaining superior battery life, which is critical for mobile use. The BlackBerry 7730 features a larger screen ideal for many corporate data applications, while the BlackBerry 7230 incorporates a smaller screen with a more compact design.
Key features of the BlackBerry 7730 and BlackBerry 7230 include:
— Support for international roaming(a) (on 900/1800/1900 MHz
GSM/GPRS networks) that enable mobile professionals to use
their handheld while travelling without need to change their
phone number or email address.
— Wireless integration with existing email accounts including
Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and/or popular
ISP email accounts.
— A push-based wireless architecture that delivers messages
— Cradle-free wireless email synchronization.
— Integrated email attachment viewing that enables users to read
important email attachments from their BlackBerry handheld
(including: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF,
WordPerfect and ASCII documents).
— An easy-to-use ‘thumb-typing’ keyboard and navigation
trackwheel for sending and receiving email and SMS messages on
— A high-resolution color screen that supports over 65,000
colors while maintaining superior battery life.
— Backlit screen and keyboard for easy reading and typing during
day or night.
— 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, rechargeable/removable
lithium battery and Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity
for quick battery charging.
— Lightweight and ergonomic handheld design, with an embedded
RIM wireless modem and internal high performance antenna.
Information regarding availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications company with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best of global communications to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond.
With major operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.
To serve the needs of multi-national corporations, SingTel has a network of 31 offices in 15 countries and territories throughout the Asia Pacific, in Europe and the USA. These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners.
The Group also has major investments in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 44 million customers in six markets.
SingTel has been recognised Best Asian Telecom Carrier by industry publication, Telecom Asia, for six consecutive years since 1998. The Group employs more than 19,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$10.26 billion (US$5.80 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2003. More information can be found @ www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.
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(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 www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
(a) Check with carrier for GSM/GPRS roaming arrangements.
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