[2005-09-28] RIM and Cingular Introduce BlackBerry Connect
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Nokia 9300 First in U.S. to Feature BlackBerry Connect
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.
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