Cubio Brings BlackBerry Smartphones to Finland
Feb 20, 2012
Helsinki, Finland and Waterloo, ON : Finnish mobile operator Cubio and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced they are bringing BlackBerry® smartphones and services to Finland for the first time. Cubio will take pre-orders at www.cubio.com/blackberry from business customers and consumers beginning 1st of March, and BlackBerry® smartphones will be available from Cubio in early April.
Cubio is offering BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for corporate customers, which is used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies, and BlackBerry® Internet Service for smaller businesses and consumers. A range of BlackBerry smartphones will be offered including the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 (full touch screen), BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 (touch screen and keyboard) and BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 (full touch screen and slider keyboard). All of these smartphones are powered by the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system, which delivers an outstanding mix of communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features.
BlackBerry smartphones are renowned for their robust security, industry-leading communications features and remote management capabilities, which include allowing users or corporate IT departments to locate and wipe a lost device. Enterprise customers can also remotely install applications or configure settings of a device on behalf of a user. BlackBerry smartphones are popular both in the corporate world and amongst consumers.
“The BlackBerry line is a strong addition to Cubio’s offerings and position us as an operator with a leading solution that spans both the corporate and consumer segments. In addition to excellent multimedia support, BlackBerry offers a highly engaging messaging and social networking experience for consumers, while businesses will appreciate the robust security and tight integration with corporate systems that the BlackBerry enterprise solution delivers. We also plan to offer tailored solutions to corporate customers,” says Mr. Kyösti Järnefelt, head of the BlackBerry business unit, Cubio.
An array of applications and services integrate tightly with the BlackBerry platform to deliver a truly unique and optimized user experience. These services include secure email and the BlackBerry® Messenger™ instant messaging service, which allows BlackBerry users to communicate with each other in real-time. The services also support access to BlackBerry® App World™, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones, offering a wide variety of apps for work and leisure.
“We are excited to be working with Cubio to bring BlackBerry smartphones and services to Finland for the first time,” said Paul Lucier, Managing Director at RIM. “ BlackBerry offers a mobile experience that people around the world love and we think customers in Finland will be thrilled by the rich features and services available on BlackBerry smartphones.”
Notes to editors
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is for organisations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® and offers advanced security and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
BlackBerry Internet Service is designed for smaller businesses and individuals. It allows customers to access the Internet, popular social networks and messaging services as well as up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a BlackBerry smartphone.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes. It combines a high-resolution and highly responsive touch display with a highly tactile keyboard and a precise optical trackpad, and comes in a narrow design that is easy to carry and exceptionally comfortable to hold.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet (at only 10.5mm) and offers the perfect union of a high performance keyboard with a large and highly responsive touch display in the iconic BlackBerry Bold design.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 features a flexible all-in-one design that delivers the best of both worlds. It includes a large 3.2”, high resolution touch display to complement its enhanced multimedia features and a distinctive BlackBerry keyboard that easily slides out to allow fast and accurate typing on the go.
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 features the fast, fluid BlackBerry 7 OS in a stylish new all-touch design. With a spectacular 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, photos, videos, web pages, games and apps come to life in incredible detail on the large screen.
The new BlackBerry 7 OS is available with all of these smartphones and it delivers a faster and richer user experience with a powerful next generation browser, support for voice-activated searches, premium personal and productivity apps out of the box and support for Augmented Reality. BlackBerry 7 also supports the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.
Cubio is an innovative provider of life easing mobile services. Adaptive services based on reliable mobile connectivity bring significant added value to customers looking for more than the cheapest connection. Cubio offers tailored packages to serve distinct groups such as businesses in need of strong data protection, travelers looking to avoid excessive roaming costs, and logistics companies operating in Finland and Russia. In addition to increased ease of life, Cubio delights customers with highly praised, personalized customer service. Cubio is the first operator to offer BlackBerry devices and services in the Finnish market. Cubio is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland with offices in St. Petersburg, Russia. For further information, please visit www.cubio.com.
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