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Saudi Telecom and BlackBerry announce integrated carrier billing for BlackBerry smartphone customers in Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Saudi Telecom (STC) and BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced integrated carrier billing for BlackBerry® smartphone customers in KSA, allowing customers to quickly, conveniently and securely purchase apps for their phone on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, and have the charges directly applied to their standard Saudi Telecom (STC) bill.

To make secure purchases and payments on BlackBerry World, customers will be required to enter their BlackBerry ID username and password. BlackBerry ID provides customers with a secure and device-independent user identification. Customers can also make in-app purchases, such as additional content or new levels for a gaming app, without having to leave the app or interrupt the app experience. 

Abdullah Alkanhal, Marketing GM at STC said, “The launch of integrated carrier billing on BlackBerry World makes it easier for our customers to enjoy the host of quality apps on BlackBerry World, and maximize their BlackBerry smartphone experience. It marks a significant step for STC to make mobile payments for app purchases simple and secure.”

Nick Horton, Managing Director for the Middle East at BlackBerry said, “BlackBerry smartphone customers in Saudi Arabia want a convenient and safe payment solution for the purchase of mobile content. Integrated carrier billing on BlackBerry smartphones will open up a rich avenue for Saudi Telecom customers to easily and securely purchase apps and games on BlackBerry World.”

For more information about BlackBerry smartphones, please visit http://www.blackberry.com/

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

Media Contact:
Saeed Al Amoudi
APCO Worldwide (PR agency for BlackBerry)
salamoudi@apcoworldwide.com

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Kim van Bokhoven
PR Manager, Middle East at BlackBerry
kvanbokhoven@blackberry.com

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