Singapore, 17 May 2004 – StarHub, Singapore’s innovative info-communications provider, and Nokia today announced that the popular “always on” BlackBerry® email service is now available on the innovative Nokia 6820 handset. The handset, featuring BlackBerry Connect™ from Research In Motion, is available for StarHub’s corporate customers from 18 May 2004.
This new offering - a first in Singapore - integrates the unique and convenient “push” technology of BlackBerry into Nokia's sophisticated design form factor This latest BlackBerry innovation simply means that StarHub’s business customers can use the same, secure, push-based wireless infrastructure, that currently supports over one million BlackBerry users, to access corporate email through a Nokia handset.
"Our commitment to being the market leader in offering innovative wireless solutions that improve productivity and reduce costs for our customers is evidenced by the rapid evolution and adoption of the BlackBerry solution since we introduced to Singapore in May last year," said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Mobile Services, StarHub. "This new model enhances the choice for customers and addresses their different needs and preferences. It leverages upon two powerful elements - the security and convenience of PushMail, with the well-known, user-friendly interface of Nokia. Coupled with StarHub's innovative mobile offerings, our customers will get the best of all worlds!"
In addition to providing access to corporate email through BlackBerry Connect, the key features of the Nokia 6820 include:
· User-friendly interface with a full QWERTY keyboard when the phone is flipped open and five way scroll;
· Integrated camera and hands-free speaker phone;
· Bluetooth technology;
· The ability to multitask through easy access to applications while managing a phone call;
· Tri-band on 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks for global coverage;
· Downloadable applications such as dictionary, language translator, expense tracker, etc.
Said Ms Kitty Fong, General Manager, Nokia Singapore, “Nokia believes that business mobility will fundamentally change the way people work. In a recent study conducted by Nokia, 89% of the business professionals surveyed in Singapore said they always need to access their email while away from office. The Nokia 6820 is designed to enable efficient and easy to use text input for richer messaging and task management in a compact, ergonomic package. It offers an easy transition for end-users from mobile voice to messaging, email and calendar applications.”
From 18 May 2004, the Nokia 6820 will be available for StarHub’s corporate customers along with subscription to StarHub’s mobile and unlimited BlackBerry data plans. Interested parties can contact StarHub’s business hotline at 1800-888 8888 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They can also visit www.starhub.com/business.
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