Vip and RIM launch the BlackBerry Bold and the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Smartphones in Serbia
Sep 22, 2008
Two exciting, innovative smartphones for individual and enterprise users
Belgrade, Serbia and Waterloo, ON., Canada: Vip mobile, a member of mobilkom austria group, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® Bold™ and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8110 smartphones for the Serbian market. Both smartphones will be available in selected Vip centers across the country beginning today. Vip was the first to introduce BlackBerry® service in Serbia in December 2007. These two new BlackBerry® smartphones complement the BlackBerry® Pearl™8100, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310 and BlackBerry® 8800 smartphones as part of the Vodafone Office product portfolio available from Vip.
“In response to strong demand in the marketplace, we are proudly introducing two innovative BlackBerry smartphones that will make your life easier by having all your e-mails, contacts and calendar entries with you all the time and by enabling convenient mobile access to people and information wherever you go. We believe that these new BlackBerry smartphones will attract companies of all sizes and individuals alike,” says Alexander Sperl, CEO, Vip mobile.
“We are delighted that as a result of our ongoing relationship, Vip are extending their Vodafone Office product range to include the latest BlackBerry smartphones," said Paul-Gerhard Itjeshorst, Executive, Vodafone Partner Market. "Mobile email is an essential tool in today's fast-paced business world and Vip are working hard to ensure their customers in Serbia can enjoy the full benefits of the complete BlackBerry solution.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Vip and Vodafone to bring the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and the new BlackBerry Bold smartphones to customers in Serbia,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, RIM. “Each BlackBerry smartphone offers a unique combination of functionality, performance and design together with industry-leading usability, providing customers with a broad choice to satisfy their personal and professional needs.”
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone supports tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) and Wi-Fi®, as well as a rich set of multimedia capabilities. Featuring a lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leatherette backplate, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a symbol of both accomplishment and aspiration.
Its next-generation 624 MHz mobile processor makes short work of downloading email attachments, streaming video and rendering web pages. The BlackBerry Bold also includes 128 MB Flash memory plus 1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as a microSD/SDHC memory card slot for additional storage that is conveniently accessible from a side door. Additionally, Vip customers will receive a 1 GB microSD card with each BlackBerry Bold purchase. Its 480 x 320 resolution color LCD is fused to the undersurface of the lens, and it high pixel density (217 ppi) makes images leap out with stunning definition and clarity. It also features a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capability, built-in flash and digital zoom.
With its newly enhanced, high performance browser and high-resolution, ultra-sharp display, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone gives users an on-the-go web browsing experience with desktop-style depiction. The trackball mimics a mouse, making it easy to navigate sites in "Page View" or "Column View" or to zoom in on specific parts of a web page, while various emulation settings allow users to choose between the full desktop-style HTML content and layout or the mobile version. Attachments can also now be downloaded from within the browser and there is support for watching streaming videos (RTSP – real-time streaming protocol).
BlackBerry Pearl 8110
The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone is designed for people who want business grade functionality in a small and stylish smartphone. Its built-in GPS can help users get to where they need to be and it offers everything to be expected from a BlackBerry smartphone, including email, phone, web browser, text messaging, MMS, Instant Messaging (IM) and organiser, as well as access to thousands of other business and lifestyle mobile applications. This incredibly small and stylish smartphone packs a lot features including the easy-to-use and popular SureType® keyboard system, a digital camera with video recording*, rich multimedia capabilities and an expandable memory card slot.
On December 1, 2006 Vip, member of mobilkom austria group, was granted the license for the third mobile operator in Serbia, The license for GSM 900/1800 plus UMTS is valid for 10-year period and it can be prolonged automatically for another 10 years. The license obligation is 80% population coverage with its own signal within four-years. The first Vip mobile postpaid offer was launched on 19th October, 2007. Vip is the biggest Greenfield investment in Serbia to-date, investing 99,4 Million Euro in capital expenditure in 2007. At the end of 2007 Vip mobile had more than half a million customers and employed 445 experts. Vip is the exclusive strategic partner of Vodafone in Serbia.
More information: www.vipmobile.rs
About mobilkom austria group
Members of the mobilkom austria group, the mobile communication segment of Telekom Austria Group, are: mobilkom austria (Austria), Vipnet (Croatia), Si.mobil (Slovenia), mobilkom liechtenstein (Liechtenstein), Mobiltel (Bulgaria), Vip mobile (Serbia), Vip operator (Macedonia) and the latest acquisition, MDC (Belarus). More than 8,000 employees serve more than 16.5 million customers.
In the first half of 2008 mobilkom austria group recorded revenues of EUR 1,610.8 million, EBITDA of EUR 666.1 million and operating income of EUR 347.5 million. mobilkom austria group stands for innovation, both in marketing and technology. The launch of the worldwide first GPRS network in Austria in 2000, the introduction of the EDGE technology as the first company in Slovenia in 2003, the first launch of a UMTS network in Europe and Austria in 2002 and the first European launch of HSDPA 7.2 in Austria and Croatia in 2007 only prove its innovative role. The know-how transfer among the group members and markets provides rapid development and implementation of all products and services throughout the group. Since 2003 mobilkom austria group has a partnership agreement with Vodafone.
More information: www.mobilkomaustriagroup.com
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'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.
* Video recording on the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone requires a microSD card, sold separately.
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