Staying in Touch Gets Easier With BlackBerry by SkyTel
May 31, 2000
SkyTel, Motient, RIM Team Up to Offer New Wireless Email Service
Jackson, Mississippi: Staying in the know while on the go has never been easier for mobile professionals, thanks to the latest nationwide service offered by SkyTel, a WorldCom company, that features the increasingly-popular BlackBerry™ wireless email solution from Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM). Customers now have another tool for accessing their corporate email and personal organizers wherever they travel.
SkyTel's new wireless email service, BlackBerry by SkyTel, incorporates BlackBerry Exchange Edition™, designed specifically for corporate environments using Microsoft® Exchange. BlackBerry is an end-to-end wireless email solution that includes the RIM 850 Wireless Handheld™, integrated email/organizer software, PC docking cradle, PC synchronization software, enterprise server software and nationwide airtime. This platform addresses the strict IT standards required by Fortune 500 companies for remote email access, including security and network integration.
"BlackBerry by SkyTel adds tremendous value to our wireless portfolio since research continues to show that the demand for wireless data is growing significantly," explained Robert Kaiser, SkyTel president and CEO. "It provides our customers who need access to wireless data with an affordable, efficient nationwide service backed by 24/7 customer service."
BlackBerry by SkyTel will be available in four to six weeks, company officials said, and will be sold through SkyTel's direct sales offices across the United States. Pricing will begin at $59.95 per month for unlimited nationwide usage. The service will be available on the RIM 850 Wireless Handheld.
"Combining the value of the BlackBerry wireless email solution with SkyTel's distribution and customer care divisions creates a powerful proposition for the marketplace," said Jim Balsillie, RIM chairman and co-CEO. "BlackBerry allows SkyTel customers to extend the benefits of their corporate email systems to mobile environments and dramatically improve communication, collaboration and productivity."
SkyTel is offering the service through its reseller agreement with Motient, formerly American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and will operate the service on that company's network, which is built specifically to move large amounts of wireless data quickly.
"Because of the robust nature of our network, BlackBerry by SkyTel customers will have access to the same proven network reliability, speed, coverage and in-building penetration that we already provide across a range of other wireless messaging and email applications," said Walter V. Purnell Jr., Motient president and CEO.
SkyTel, a WorldCom company, provides traditional paging, text messaging, interactive two-way messaging and telemetry services to more than 1.8 million customers. WorldCom (Nasdaq: WCOM) is a global leader in "all-distance" communications services with operations in more than 65 countries. Revenues in 1999 were $37 billion, with more than $15 billion from high-growth data, Internet and international services. WorldCom and Sprint have announced, a merger agreement, which the companies expect to close in the second half of 2000 after regulatory and shareholder approvals. For more information go to http://www.skytel.com.
Motient (Nasdaq: MTNT) owns and operates an integrated terrestrial/satellite network and provides a wide range of mobile Internet communications services, including digital dispatch, data communications, dual-mode mobile messaging, position reporting and satellite telephone to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and hundreds of miles of U. S. coastal waters. Motient services are used in the transportation, field service, maritime, emergency management and telemetry markets. The company's eLink(SM) provides two-way wireless email using the RIM 850 Wireless Handheld™ device.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third part developers and manufacturers in North America and around the world to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products includes the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, the Blackberry™ wireless email solution, wireless personal computer card adapters, embedded radio-modems and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: RIM). Investors may contact email@example.com. Customers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.rim.net.
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