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Vodafone Sweden launches Blackberry solution
Posted: 17-May-2004 [Source: Vodafone Svierige AB]

[Blackberry from Vodafone is launching in Sweden with the Blackberry 7230.]

Stockholm, Sweden -- BlackBerry(R) is now being launched in Sweden by Vodafone. With the BlackBerry from Vodafone, the user has constant, safe access via the GPRS-network to the e-mail and calendar, wherever he or she may be. BlackBerry is developed and manufactured by Research In Motion.

With the BlackBerry solution e-mail is delivered directly to and from the BlackBerry handheld without having to dial in. When an email reaches the server in the office it is pushed directly to the user's BlackBerry handheld. BlackBerry from Vodafone can be used to receive, edit, reply to, send and forward e-mail, and to read and forward attachments in formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF.

The BlackBerry Wireless Handheld(TM)

BlackBerry from Vodafone is being launched in Sweden with the BlackBerry 7230(TM). The handheld includes a browser, personal organiser features and also works as a regular mobile phone, which means that you can make and receive phone calls and send text messages. The large, integrated keypad makes it very easy to write e-mails directly from the handheld and the large colour screen with backlight makes it easy to read the e- mails. For corporate users the calendar synchronises wirelessly with their office calendar.

High accessibility, smart and safe with your pocket e-mail BlackBerry from Vodafone operates in Sweden on Vodafone's GPRS network. Users can also roam with their BlackBerry Handheld to many countries where Vodafone has a GPRS roaming agreement.* It supports Triple DES encryption enabling the secure transmission of information between the handheld and the company server. This has made BlackBerry a popular solution for many government organisations and financial institutions.

Customized solutions for companies and private individuals In Sweden, Vodafone will be launching the BlackBerry platforms for corporate and for individual/small business use. BlackBerry Enterprise is for larger companies with Microsoft(R) Exchange or IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and will be launched in Sweden this May. The enterprise platform comprises BlackBerry handhelds, BlackBerry Desktop Software, which is installed on the computer, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software which is installed alongside the corporate server. Later this year Vodafone Sweden will launch a hosted BlackBerry solution for private individual/small business use.

Fixed price

BlackBerry from Vodafone is billed as an additional service at a fixed monthly rate, and is not dependent on the volume of e-mail that is read or sent by a user. The monthly rate is approx. SEK 330 per user*. The recommended price of the BlackBerry handheld will be SEK 3,995 excluding VAT. Additional costs are the hardware (server) and licenses for the software.

During the launch phase Vodafone is offering companies the opportunity to test BlackBerry Enterprise for one month. The offer includes 5 BlackBerry handhelds, 5 licenses, 5 monthly fees plus server and installation. The cost of this offer is SEK 19,500 excluding VAT, which will be deducted from the price if the company signs an agreement after the trial period.


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