StarHub Delivers Powerful Suite of Financial Data Applications For Financial and Business Communities; Also Offers Enterprise Customers BlackBerry With Chinese Language Support For The First Time In Singapore

Singapore, 7 December 2004 – StarHub, Singapore's pioneer in BlackBerry® services since May 2003, today announced the availability of a suite of real-time financial data applications to BlackBerry Enterprise customers.

These applications allow traders, investors and institutions to wirelessly access Comstock [i] and be provided with real-time market data such as market indices and their respective exchanges, currencies, futures and commodities via their BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™. Equities and US financial news are also provided for much needed market research. The applications are provided exclusively through Outercurve [ii] , a leading global provider of wireless handheld business solutions.

“With the strong economic recovery in the region, it is imperative for Singapore investors to have the latest financial information at their fingertips anywhere anytime, in order to stay current with the financial markets,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Mobile Services, StarHub. “StarHub’s financial data applications with the easy-to-use BlackBerry handheld is a must-have tool for business professionals to retrieve quote and graph information for a particular equity, currency or future anywhere, anytime easily. Through the BlackBerry push-based technology, business professionals can continuously keep in touch with their customers and the office with all the financial data that is relevant to them.”

Currently five packages are available for BlackBerry Enterprise customers –

  1. Global Equities Package – covers NYSE, NASDAQ, Toronto, AMEX, London, Euronext Equities & Derivatives, Hong Kong, Hang Seng Indexes, Australian, Singapore and German;
  2. North American Futures – covers NYMEX, CBOT, CME and COMEX;
  3. European Futures – covers LIFFE and Eurex;
  4. Asia-Pacific Futures – covers Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong
  5. Foreign Exchange – covers G7, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Global Indices.

Users are able to customise ten watch lists that track the performance of up to 300 instruments or indices that they would like to monitor simultaneously. In addition, users can select up to ten indices or instructions to display on the main screen of their BlackBerry handhelds - updates are pushed every 60 seconds, ensuring the timely delivery of the market information that they need the most. Audible tunes will ring each time an alert is triggered and a streaming ticker will display symbols and pricing that correspond to those alerts.


Each package will vary in price depending on the requirements of the customer, but prices for each package start from S$120 a month onwards. These applications will be available on three BlackBerry handhelds – the BlackBerry 7230™, the BlackBerry 7730™ and the new BlackBerry 7290™.


A separate package is also available for an on-demand feature that extends the proven, unsurpassed worldwide news and analytics of The Financial Times to StarHub Enterprise customers. Called ‘ for BlackBerry’, users will benefit from the broad spectrum of Financial Times news content and business indicators, while improving their decision-making capabilities while on the go. This package starts at S$25 a month.


Availability of the New BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld™

StarHub today also announced the availability of the new BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld™. The new model provides a superior wireless email and data experience combined with built-in phone functionality in a single, integrated device. It provides quad-band network support, allowing users to travel nationwide or internationally while still maintaining wireless connectivity to a full suite of applications including email, Internet, intranet access, phone, SMS, organiser as well as StarHub’s powerful suite of financial data applications.


The BlackBerry 7290 is a powerful handheld featuring Bluetooth support, increased memory to 32MB, a bright backlit and full colour screen, exceptional battery performance, embedded wireless modem and an internal high performance antenna.


The price of the new BlackBerry 7290 retails around S$800.


Upgrading to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0

In addition, for the first time in Singapore, StarHub is making available to all BlackBerry Enterprise customers a major upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 for Microsoft ® Exchange and IBM Lotus ® Domino ™ . BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 offers exceptional manageability, enhanced security and simplified application development that will allow corporate and government users to develop customised solutions that will meet all their information needs (such as CRM and business intelligence applications).


End users will also benefit from this upgrade through a range of enhancements that improve the overall wireless experience. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides customers with:

  • For the first time, BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 will enable the delivery of Chinese character sets to BlackBerry handhelds. Corporate customers will be able to read or type Traditional Chinese (with Jyutping and CangJie) and Simplified Chinese (with PinYin, CangJie and WuBiHua) for email and SMS messages, websites and PIM applications including address book, calendar, memo and task list;
  • Complete cradle-free wireless synchronisation of all email and organiser applications, including the ability to remotely control email filters and out-of-office replies from the handheld;
  • Improved attachment handling capabilities, including the ability to view JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF images with pan, tilt and zoom functionalities;
  • Additional wireless security support (e.g. Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard).

To educate companies on the power of the upgrade, StarHub is working with existing customers on a series of technical workshops in the near future.

For enterprises interested in the new financial data applications, the new BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld or would like to learn more about BlackBerry, please visit StarHub's website. The BlackBerry 7290 is also available at StarHub shops.

[i]   Comstock, Inc., a subsidiary of Interactive Data Corporation, is a leading provider of real-time global financial information to financial institutions, financial information re-distributors and online media portals worldwide. Comstock’s suite of services ranges from a real-time data feed, to fully customised and hosted market data solutions.


[ii] Outercurve Technologies is a leading global provider of wireless handheld business solutions. Outercurve’s InfoEdge service provides organisation using the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) the ability to create, deploy and manage robust client-server wireless applications.