Cell C and Research In Motion have announced the availability of the BlackBerry¬Æ solution for Cell C customers in South Africa.
Cell C customers will now be able to enjoy the productivity benefits of using BlackBerry¬Æ smartphones to stay connected to people and information while on the go. Customers will benefit from enhanced communications, with easy, wireless access to email, phone, calendar, web, instant messaging, multimedia and a range of other mobile business and lifestyle applications.
At launch, Cell C will offer its customers the BlackBerry¬Æ Curve‚Ñ¢ 8520, BlackBerry¬Æ Curve‚Ñ¢ 8900 and BlackBerry¬Æ Bold‚Ñ¢ 9700 smartphones, as well as BlackBerry¬Æ Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry¬Æ Internet Service for smaller businesses and consumers.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is for organisations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM¬Æ Lotus¬Æ Domino¬Æ, Microsoft¬Æ Exchange and Novell¬Æ GroupWise¬Æ and provides advanced security and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
BlackBerry Internet Service bundles provide a range of services for smaller businesses and consumers including the ability to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as MWEB, Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a BlackBerry smartphone.
‚With customers able to choose between the BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server solutions, Cell C is giving customers a range of service plan options that best suits their needs,‚ said Simon Camerer, Cell C’s Executive Head of Marketing. ‚Cell C is excited to launch the BlackBerry solution to its customers, helping make their lives simpler, whether being mobile is for personal or business use.‚
‚RIM is pleased to work with Cell C to offer the BlackBerry solution to its customers,‚ says Deon Liebenberg, Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa at RIM. ‚BlackBerry smartphones have been embraced by both business users and consumers throughout the world and are widely recognized for delivering an exceptional user experience.‚
The slim and approachable BlackBerry Curve 8520 provides easy access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking sites (including Facebook¬Æ, Twitter¬Æ and MySpace¬Æ), and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It is Wi-Fi¬Æ-enabled, and includes rich multimedia capabilities with easy access to music, games and other mobile applications for entertainment on the go. It also sports a 2MP camera.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 features a wide range of advanced communications and multimedia capabilities including a 3.2 MP camera. In addition to its advanced phone, email, messaging, organiser, web browser and multimedia applications, it features built-in GPS that supports location-based applications and services, and has built-in Wi-Fi. It also allows easy access to social networking sites.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the perfect tool for business professionals and power users. It offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, a 3.2MP camera and a dazzling, high resolution display.
Preloaded with a variety of applications that are custom-built for use on BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry smartphones will make it easy for Cell C subscribers to keep web community pages current, engage in instant message chats or add pictures directly to Facebook. Preloaded applications include BlackBerry¬Æ Messenger, Yahoo!¬Æ Messenger, Google‚Ñ¢ Talk, Windows Live‚Ñ¢ Messenger, Facebook¬Æ for BlackBerry smartphones and GPS*.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520, BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphones are all available on current Cell C post-paid packages including the new BlackBerry All Week 100 for R199 which gives customers 100 anytime minutes across all networks. BlackBerry Internet Service is included with this package.
Cell C prepaid customers who have a BlackBerry smartphone or purchase a new one from Cell C will be able to benefit from the following service plans. Starting as low as R57.00 per month for BlackBerry Internet Service (Prepaid and Contract) and R114.00 for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, customers get unlimited email and Internet browsing, as well as unlimited use of preloaded data applications without incurring any additional data charges**.