Cingular Introduces New Quad-Band BlackBerry 7100g
Breakthrough Device Looks Like Traditional Handset But Offers Popular BlackBerry Features
February 10, 2005
Atlanta, GA and Waterloo, ON - Business customers who prefer the look and feel of a phone for their primary wireless device now have a handset on which they can access their corporate and personal e-mail and organizer information with today’s introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g™ from Cingular Wireless. The BlackBerry 7100g provides the look and feel of a sleek handset while incorporating a quad-band GSM™ “world phone” and retaining the powerful wireless e-mail, browser and data capabilities enabled by the BlackBerry® platform. The BlackBerry 7100g was developed and manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM).
The BlackBerry 7100g features a brilliant and large high-resolution color LCD display and RIM’s SureType™ keyboard technology. SureType effectively converges a telephone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit within the size constraints of a traditional mobile phone, while ensuring dialing and typing remain quick and easy. It also includes Bluetooth® support for use with Bluetooth headsets and car kits for a flexible handsfree phone experience, as well as a speakerphone for impromptu conference calls. The BlackBerry 7100g from Cingular also supports all the latest features of the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0™.
The BlackBerry 7100g uses Cingular’s ALLOVERSM network, the largest digital voice and data network in the country. This business phone’s quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) design gives Cingular customers the ability to stay connected when abroad in more than 170 countries for voice communications and over 75 countries when accessing e-mail, calendaring and other data applications.
“The introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g opens up the `BlackBerry experience’ to a much wider business audience that considers voice as their primary wireless application but also desires the robust data features that BlackBerry provides,” said Michael Woodward, Executive Director, mobile professional solutions, for Cingular Wireless. “Cingular Wireless is the leading BlackBerry provider and the addition of this breakthrough solution further strengthens our portfolio of BlackBerry products.”
“The BlackBerry 7100g and its innovative SureType keyboard technology delivers a robust phone and messaging experience in an amazingly compact and comfortable design,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “We are pleased to build upon our long-standing relationship with Cingular Wireless and expand the reach of BlackBerry to an even broader range of customers with the introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g.”
Cingular Wireless customers can purchase the BlackBerry 7100g through their Cingular Business Markets Group sales account team or online (after February 14) at www.cingular.com/blackberry7100g . The BlackBerry 7100g is available for as low as $249.99 with applicable rebates with a two-year contract. BlackBerry monthly data plans from Cingular Wireless are $39.99 for four megabytes and $49.99 for unlimited usage. For an additional $19.99 a month, customers can take advantage of Cingular’s Unlimited International Data Roaming plan. Cingular’s ALLOVER network monthly voice plans start at $39.99 and offer options such as Rollover Minutes, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calling.
Cingular Wireless serves 95 of the Fortune 100 companies, and counts more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 1,200 federal, state and local government agencies as customers.
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.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving more than 49 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation - the ALLOVERSM network - and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer RolloverSM, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com. Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://www.cingular.com/newsroom.
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