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RIM upgrades MVS

RIM has announced an upgrade to the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System, which improves the ability for customers to make and take enterprise desk phone calls on their BlackBerry smartphones where there is a mobile network or Wi-Fi coverage.

RIM has launched an upgrade to the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS), increasing the ability of enterprises to support a growing mobile workforce. The upgrade (MVS 5.2) provides greater reliability for MVS customers, improving their ability to make or take enterprise desk phone calls all over the world from their BlackBerry smartphone where they have mobile network or Wi-Fi coverage.

Additional key features include:

– New functionality: call forwarding, enhanced reliability in areas of poor or no data coverage. Whether located in a congested metro area or roaming remotely, BlackBerry MVS helps you stay connected. Enhanced call timers with administrative control help improve the reliability that calls made to and from a user’s business number will be processed successfully, even when a device has poor or no data coverage.

– Expanded business phone systems support: Siemens OpenScape v5, Cisco Business Edition 5000 & 6000

– Supports BlackBerry Handheld 7.1*

BlackBerry Mobile Voice System is designed to unify desk phone features with BlackBerry smartphones with services extending over Wi-Fi networks and mobile carrier networks.

More details about MVS 5.2 can be found at including customer success stories on how BlackBerry MVS is helping organizations achieve regulatory compliance while saving on their telecommunication costs.

Some customer testimonials:

‚”With BlackBerry MVS, callers are seamlessly connected to our users from almost anywhere they are in the hospital, meaning busy staff and physicians don’t need to worry as much about missing important calls.‚” London Health Sciences Centre

‚”In my role of administrator, I can utilise the flexible administration options for managing user profiles and functions in order to select the most cost-efficient user profiles to the benefit of the bank.‚” Bank am Bellevue

‚”For me, one of the most significant features of BlackBerry MVS is that I’m reachable. When someone calls me, all my phones ring simultaneously and I also have the option to transfer a call. If I need to leave the office and my call isn’t done, I can quietly transfer the call to my BlackBerry smartphone while I’m on the move my customer has no idea I’ve done that and I can keep being productive.‚” – Mitel

To watch a video interview about the new MVS 5.2 product, click here:

*excludes BlackBerry Curve 9220/9230


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Phone with 60-day battery

Mi-Fone has announced an affordable smartphone that it says offers up to 60 days of battery life when in standby mode.

Many Africans want to access the Internet but cannot afford a smartphone. In addition, the greatest challenge experienced with smartphone users is that the battery runs out quickly.

In a bid to provide solutions to these challenges, Mi-Fone the first African mobile devices brand has launched the Mi3000 model. This is Africa’s first smart phone with a 60-day battery standby time and using EDGE connectivity.

The Mi 3000 handset boasts a candy bar design with a 2.8‚” touch screen and keypad. Just like all other Mi-Fone handsets, the Mi 3000 also comes with Mi-Apps with some free content that can be downloaded, and Opera Mini as default browser. Other features include a phone directory to store up to 1 000 contacts, 1GB of on-board memory and 256MB RAM.

Commenting on the new entrant in the market, Mi-Fone CEO Alpesh Patel said that the Mi 3000 has the upper hand of long battery life, which is one of the greatest challenges for most competing brands.

‚”A lot of consumers are using their device to access the Internet and resource hungry applications, which in tern quickly drains the battery. The Mi 3000 addresses these concerns in a cost effective manner.‚”

Mi-Fone has already differentiated itself from other low-cost handset manufacturers with its focus on music, local talent and its new ‚”Mi-Apps Java‚” store. This will be instrumental in linking the acquisition of local music in capturing revenue streams, which are often lost to piracy.

The Mi 3000 also comes packed with a list of additional features including a 2.75GHz processor, dual-SIM support, a 2MP camera and Bluetooth connectivity.


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Airtime for apps

Vodacom and Research In Motion have announced that Vodacom customers in South Africa can buy apps on the BlackBerry App World by charging the transaction to their contract or prepaid account.

The new billing service will enable Vodacom customers to buy apps with a seamless experience. Vodacom customers will also be offered the flexibility of charging in-app purchases to their regular bill or deducting the costs from their prepaid account, which allows digital goods to be purchased without interrupting the app experience.

‚”We have worked closely with RIM to make this functionality available for our BlackBerry smartphone customers. Once again, Vodacom is improving the customer experience by unlocking the power of its network and services,‚” said Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Vodacom Digital Media.

‚”We’re delighted that Vodacom’s BlackBerry smartphone customers will be able to purchase apps on BlackBerry App World and conveniently charge them to their regular phone bill from Vodacom. By working closely with Vodacom, we are able to offer customers easier access to tens of thousands of apps ranging from productivity to entertainment,‚” said Bob Bose, Regional Managing Director at RIM.

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