RIM and Cingular Introduce BlackBerry Connect
Nokia 9300 First in U.S. to Feature BlackBerry Connect
September 28, 2005
San Francisco – CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment - Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced BlackBerry Connect™ to the U.S. marketplace. Cingular is the first U.S. carrier to offer the popular BlackBerry® wireless services on a third-party handset via the BlackBerry Connect licensing program from RIM. The Nokia 9300 is scheduled to be available in the U.S. through Cingular Wireless beginning in November.
Corporate customers can choose the Nokia 9300 business device as an option to use with the behind-the-firewall BlackBerry Enterprise Server™, and individual and small business customers can use the Nokia 9300 with BlackBerry Connect to access popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) e-mail accounts through BlackBerry Internet Service™.
The Cingular-enabled Nokia 9300 business device with BlackBerry Connect is designed for the mobile professional seeking a high-quality combination of PDA, phone and mobile email in a sleek, compact device. From a traditional handset on the outside, opening to a full keyboard on the inside for fast, efficient text and data input, the Nokia 9300 device offers a compelling voice and data experience.
“The Nokia 9300 phone marks the convergence of two eagerly anticipated, business-focused wireless products – the Nokia 9300 and BlackBerry Connect – with Cingular’s nationwide* EDGE network, the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the U.S.,” said Kent Mathy, president, Business Markets Group, Cingular’s B2B organization. “By bringing all of these together, Cingular is offering a truly powerful tool and complete voice and data solution both to businesses and individual users.”
“BlackBerry Connect is an important part of our global strategy to expand the reach of BlackBerry services and provide customers with a broader choice of handsets while maintaining the important benefits of the BlackBerry architecture, infrastructure and security model,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Together with Cingular and Nokia, we are providing customers with another powerful business solution that addresses the needs of both users and IT departments.”
BlackBerry Connect will enable the popular, push-based BlackBerry services initially on the Nokia 9300 for those users who want to access their e-mail and prefer the look, feel and features of the Nokia phone.
In conjunction with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, corporate users of Microsoft® Exchange and Lotus Domino® can have synchronized access to their corporate e-mail as well as calendar functions, remote address book lookup and attachment viewing capabilities in a secure environment. E-mail administrators also can take advantage of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server security features such as remote deletion of messaging data should a device be lost or stolen. Through BlackBerry Internet Service, individuals and small business customers can use the Nokia 9300 with BlackBerry Connect to receive e-mail automatically from up to 10 ISP e-mail accounts, including popular services such as AOL, Yahoo! and Comcast. Customers can choose to use the corporate solution or the individual solution, or both at the same time.
*Not available in all areas.
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® 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 51.6 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 Rollover®, 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://cingular.mediaroom.com.
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