Alltel Launches BlackBerry For Mobile Professionals

    April 14, 2005

ALLTEL and Research In Motion today announced the availability of the BlackBerry 7250 Wireless Handheld, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.

BlackBerry, developed and manufactured by Research In Motion, operates on ALLTEL’s CDMA 1X digital wireless network.

The Java-based BlackBerry 7250 combines phone, email, text messaging, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single, integrated handheld device. The BlackBerry 7250 also features Bluetooth support for hands-free use with a headset or car kit, a bright full-color screen and 32MB of flash memory.

The BlackBerry 7250 is now available through ALLTEL’s wireless business channel in select markets for $299.99 with a two-year contract or $359.99 with a one-year contract. ALLTEL expects to begin offering BlackBerry in its retail stores this summer.

Customers who add a postpaid voice calling plan when purchasing the BlackBerry 7250 will receive unlimited data service for $44.99 per month. Customers who choose unlimited data-only service with the BlackBerry 7250 will pay $49.99 per month.

“The BlackBerry 7250 allows mobile professionals to take their office with them and manage their corporate and personal email quickly and easily,” said George Page, president of wireless business solutions for ALLTEL.

“The popularity of BlackBerry continues to spread rapidly as more and more people recognize the personal and organizational benefits of wireless connectivity. We’re very pleased to be working together to offer BlackBerry to ALLTEL’s customers in the United States,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.

The ergonomic and lightweight BlackBerry 7250 fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and also features a large, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard with highlighted number keys for quick phone dialing and a bright backlit screen that supports over 65,000 colors.

The push-based BlackBerry wireless architecture enables messages to be delivered automatically to a customer’s device without prompting or downloading.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(R), and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

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