MTC, RIM launch BlackBerry solution in Namibia
BlackBerry smartphones to be available from MTC Mobile Homes countrywide.
MTC and Research in Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry solution for MTC customers in Namibia.
The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow easy wireless access to e-mail, phone, calendar, Web, multimedia and other business and lifestyle applications. MTC customers in Namibia will now be able to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using BlackBerry smartphones to stay connected to people and information while on the go.
“We have expanded our smartphone line-up with a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones because Namibians want to be able to connect to the Internet and engage in the global 'iVillage' at any time and from anywhere. MTC strives to keep abreast of the latest global technologies to ensure it offers customers the most innovative solutions that cater to all their communication and technology needs,” says Andre de Jager, General Manager: Product Solutions at MTC Namibia.
“RIM is pleased to work with MTC to offer the BlackBerry solution to its customers,” says Deon Liebenberg, Managing Director for Sub-Sahara Africa at RIM. “BlackBerry smartphones are the right choice for people who want a stylish and easy-to-use smartphone to help them stay connected, productive and entertained while they are on the move.”
At launch, MTC will offer the BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphones.
MTC will offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is for organisations that manage their own e-mail servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise, and uses advanced security and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.
BlackBerry Internet Service is designed for smaller businesses and individuals. It enables Internet access and Web browsing and allows customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal e-mail accounts (including most popular ISP e-mail accounts such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a BlackBerry smartphone.
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the world's first smartphone to combine a BlackBerry keyboard with a full touch-screen experience, and the first to feature the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. The BlackBerry Torch features an exciting combination of a large touch screen, optical trackpad and backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard. It offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in WiFi (b/g/n) connectivity and features built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. Its 5MP camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto-focus, image stabilisation, scene modes and zoom and it also supports video recording. In addition, it comes with a combined 8GB of media storage out-of-the-box and includes a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that can bring the total storage memory to 36GB for customers that want more.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a great tool for business professionals. It features support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, 256MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and WiFi, a 3.2MP camera and a dazzling, high resolution display. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 ships with BlackBerry 5 and is BlackBerry 6 ready. The new BlackBerry 6 operating system is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (subject to certification by MTC) in the coming months.
The slim and stylish BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone. It provides easy mobile access to e-mail, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), messaging (Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, SMS and MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace). It also features rich multimedia capabilities and easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.
The BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphones are all available from MTC Mobile Homes on the current MTC Connect Smartphone package for N$399 per month, and a new Connect Smartphone lite package for N$249 per month*.
MTC Prepaid customers who have a BlackBerry smartphone or purchase a new one from MTC will be able to benefit from three service plans; starting from N$59 for a seven-day option, a N$89 Aweh option for seven-day, or N$159 for a 30-day option.
Smartphone prices if not purchased with a post-paid contract:
* The BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be in stores for N$5 499.
* The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be in store for N$4 599.
* The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be in store for N$2 399.