|T-Roy ||02-16-2005 11:25 AM |
[02-16-2005] Bell Canada First to Launch BB 7520 in Canada
Bell Canada announced today that Bell Mobility is the first Canadian wireless carrier to offer the new BlackBerry 7250 Wireless Handheld(TM) developed by Research In Motion (RIM); (TSX:RIMM) (NASDAQ:RIMM).
The BlackBerry 7250 features a built-in phone, Bluetooth(R) support for hands-free use with headset or car kit, a bright full colour screen, increased memory and full HTML Web browsing. This powerful handheld allows users to manage their information and stay connected via a single, integrated device.
"With its 1X Digital Network, Bell Mobility leads the way in Canada for innovative services and applications," said David Inns, Vice President, Marketing, Bell Mobility. "Our wireless network enables customers to fully take advantage of the features available on the BlackBerry 7250, like managing large files."
"The BlackBerry 7250 is a powerful and optimized communications tool that elegantly combines wireless email, phone, HTML browser and organizer in a light and compact design," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry continues to be the leading wireless platform in Canada and we're pleased that Bell Mobility is offering this new CDMA-based model to customers across the country."
In addition to full HTML Web browsing, the device offers enhanced e-mail attachment viewing supported by popular file formats like Microsoft(R) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, WordPerfect, ASCII, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF, plus 32MB of flash memory and 4MB of SRAM for storing messages, calendar appointments and pictures.
The ergonomic and lightweight device fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and also features a large, backlit, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard with highlighted number keys and a bright backlight screen that supports over 65,000 colors. The BlackBerry(R) push-based wireless architecture delivers messages automatically to a customer's device without prompting or downloading.
The BlackBerry 7250(TM) is available immediately at Bell stores across Canada for $399 with a 3-year customer agreement. For more information, please visit www.businessonthego.ca
About Bell Canada
Bell Canada, Canada's national leader in communications, provides connectivity to residential and business customers through wired and wireless voice and data communications, local and long distance phone services, high speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, e-business solutions and satellite television services. Bell Canada is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For more information please visit www.bell.ca.
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, Research In Motion provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. Research In Motion technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. Research In Motion'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 Research In Motion Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Research In Motion 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.
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