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CSL Brings Blackberry to Hong Kong
Posted: 11-Feb-2004 [Source: Hong Kong CSL]

[Hong Kong CSL plans to offer the RIM Blackberry 7730 and 7230 handsets through its GSM/GPRS network.]

Hong Kong -- CSL and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced an agreement to offer the BlackBerry(R) wireless solution to mobile professionals in Hong Kong. Operating on CSL's GSM/GPRS network, BlackBerry will provide integrated access to phone, email and mobile data applications via a single color handheld.

"CSL is delighted to partner with RIM in broadening our mobile solutions backed by superior network quality, wide roaming coverage and world-class customer service," said Marisa Kwok, Director, Marketing and Operations at CSL. "BlackBerry will be popular among our business customers because it increases productivity and communications for both individuals and workgroups."

"CSL's partnership with RIM is a natural extension of the successful launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution by our parent, Telstra, in Australia. The synergy brings significant benefits to CSL in service implementation and support," Ms Kwok added.

"We are very pleased to work with CSL to offer BlackBerry to mobile professionals in Hong Kong," said Patrick Spence, Vice President, Asia Pacific Business Unit, Research In Motion. "The combination of CSL's robust GPRS network and roaming services with our innovative BlackBerry solution will provide mobile professionals with a proven, push-based service that keeps them connected and productive."

BlackBerry is an award-winning, integrated solution that enables users to stay connected. BlackBerry integrates hardware, software and service, providing an end-to-end wireless solution.

The new BlackBerry 7730(TM) and BlackBerry 7230(TM) Wireless Handhelds are designed to provide the best integrated mobile user experience with support for phone, email, SMS, organizer, web and corporate data applications. The handhelds feature high resolution color screens while offering superior battery life, which is critical for mobile use. The BlackBerry 7730 features a larger screen ideal for many corporate data applications, while the BlackBerry 7230 has a smaller screen with a more compact design.

Additional features of the BlackBerry 7730 and BlackBerry 7230:

-- Cradle-free wireless email synchronization.

-- Integrated email attachment viewing that enables users to read important email attachments from their BlackBerry handheld (including: Microsoft(R) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, WordPerfect, ASCII).

-- Support for international roaming(a) (on 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks) that enable mobile professionals to use their handheld while travelling with no need to change their phone number or email address.

-- A push-based wireless architecture that delivers messages automatically.

-- Wireless integration with existing email accounts including Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and/or popular ISP email accounts.

-- A high-resolution color screen that supports over 65,000 colors while maintaining superior battery life.

-- An easy-to-use 'thumb-typing' keyboard and navigation trackwheel for sending and receiving email and SMS messages on the go.

-- Backlit screen and keyboard for easy reading and typing during day or night.

-- 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, rechargeable/removable lithium battery and Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity for quick battery charging.

-- Lightweight and ergonomic handheld design, with an embedded RIM wireless modem and internal high performance antenna.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange or IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data. For individuals, BlackBerry Web Client(TM), an Internet-based email interface, allows users to access multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) from a single BlackBerry handheld.

Information regarding service and pricing will be available in the first quarter of this year.

About CSL

CSL is a pioneer in the mobile communications market in Hong Kong. The Company launched its mobile services in 1983, and today operates a world-class GSM/Dual Band network through its mobile brands: 1O1O and One2Free. Pioneer to introduce HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE and MMS, the Company is also committed to deploying cutting-edge technologies and building a world-class 3G infrastructure after being awarded a 3G Mobile Service Licence in Hong Kong in 2001. CSL is 100% owned by Telstra. For more information about CSL, please visit:


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