Sprint Expands Wireless Portfolio with Availability of New Sprint PCS Smart Device — BlackBerry 7250 and Enhanced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Features
Sprint PCS Smart Device — BlackBerry 7250 with built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology, integrated email, wireless phone and personal organizer delivers an exceptional wireless communications experience
June 22, 2005
Overland Park, KAN., and Waterloo, ON - Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of the Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry® 7250™ on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. The Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 is now available in Sprint business sales channels and can be used in conjunction with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ or BlackBerry Internet Service™.
The Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 integrates email, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications as well as high-clarity wireless phone functionality into a single, ergonomic design, giving mobile professionals the ability to keep connected and remain productive while on the go. The device sports 32 MB of flash memory, 4 MB of SRAM, a backlit and highlighted numeric keypad, and an easy-to-navigate user interface. The Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 also includes built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology to support the use of Bluetooth-enabled headsets and hands-free car kits*.
The Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 comes equipped with support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 software features. With the availability of this latest version, Sprint customers will benefit from several enhancements including:
• Wireless Backup and PIM Synchronization – Email, personal settings, browser
bookmarks, contacts, calendar, tasks and other data remain up-to-date with complete
cradle-free wireless synchronization.
• Attachments – Remotely viewing documents is easy with support for multiple image formats; embedded images within documents; pan, zoom and rotate functionality; tracked changes; and searching and jumping through a document.
• Wireless Email Settings – Create, edit and modify email filters or make changes to Auto-Signature and Out-of-Office replies, all directly from the BlackBerry device.
• Calendar Enhancements – Avoid scheduling issues with BlackBerry support for tentative acceptance, basic conflict/adjacent notification, and marking appointments as private.
• Sent Items Synchronization – Email sent from the desktop can also be viewed from the BlackBerry device.
• Phone Enhancements – A to Z speed dialing is supported and, with an IT policy setting in place, outgoing calls are allowed when device is locked.
• IT Enhancements – New features and functionality include simplified deployment and maintenance, improved wireless security, enhanced asset tracking and simplified application development.
“Extending email and other wireless business applications beyond the office is essential for mobile professionals who want to achieve higher productivity and gain an advantage in serving their customers,” said Tim Donahue, vice president – Enterprise Marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. “Enhancing the BlackBerry options within our already robust remote access portfolio strengthens Sprint’s ability to provide an exceptional wireless voice and data experience while still satisfying strict IT security guidelines required by many enterprise and government organizations.”
“BlackBerry provides enterprise and government customers with a comprehensive solution that goes beyond wireless email, phone and PIM functionality and delivers a proven platform that can support a wide range of wireless data applications,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 7250 is a powerful new device that taps the power of the BlackBerry platform and the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network in a compact design with an outstanding mobile experience.”
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino™ and Novell GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
The Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 is being sold through Sprint business channels, including the Sprint direct sales force and the Sprint Partner Program, for a suggested retail price of $489.99 less contract credits and instant savings. For more information about the Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 visit www.sprint.com/blackberry7250.
Additional applications for the Sprint PCS Smart Device – BlackBerry 7250 are provided by Handango and accessible online at the Sprint PCS Software Store at http://sprint.handango.com.
Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the United States. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/mr.
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 BlackBerryÒ 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.
*Bluetooth accessories are sold separately. The Sprint PCS Smart Device BlackBerry 7250 Bluetooth capabilities does not support Dial-Up-Network functionality.
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