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Bright future for 3 wireless data channel with distributor deal

  • 02 March, 2005 16:03

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 2 March 2005 - 3 today announced distribution specialist Brightpoint would become a new IT channel partner for its 3G high-speed wireless data solution the NetConnect Card.</p>
<p>Brightpoint will distribute Australia’s only 3G data card to its national network of more than 3500 retailers, manufactures and carriers.</p>
<p>“We evaluated the wireless internet data options available and found 3’s solution to be an efficient, easy-to-use and time saving mobile broadband solution for our customers,” said Ettore Alterisio, Manager of Product Marketing, Brightpoint.</p>
<p>3’s NetConnect Card slots into a laptop‘s PCMCIA slot and enables users to access the internet at speeds of more than 384 kbps. The card provides high-speed wireless access to email, internet and office LANs when in 3’s Video and Messaging Zones and is compatible with most Windows and Macintosh operating systems.</p>
<p>By allowing users to send broadcast SMS, customers can use the card in their laptop to send text messages to multiple mobile phone handsets.</p>
<p>“The demand for wireless data devices in Australia has grown considerably during the past 12 months and by expanding our channel partners we are taking an important step in catering for this need,” said Nigel Dews, 3’s Director of Sales, Marketing and Product.</p>
<p>“We’re excited that Brightpoint will be capitalising on a solution that has already proven its ability to deliver increased business productivity,” Dews said.</p>
<p>Brightpoint is one of Australia’s leading distributors with products in every major wireless, telecommunications and data device product category. According to Ettore Alterisio, “There are obvious synergies with 3 and our existing product portfolio that will enable us to better accommodate the needs of our existing customers and attract new ones.”</p>
<p>“As the pioneer of 3G in Australia, 3 will help us introduce great new services into the IT Channel and solidify our position as the IT&amp;T distributor offering an extensive suite of technology solutions,” he said.</p>
<p>-ends-</p>
<p>Media Contact:
John Back
Kinetics Pty Ltd
02 9976 6611
john@kinetics.com.au</p>
<p>About 3</p>
<p>3 is the only network in Australia to bring you live video calling which lets you chat face to face with 3 users whether they’re across town or on the other side of the world+.
In 3’s Video Zones you'll be the one who can make video calls, experience high-speed email, catch the latest video news updates at a bus stop, watch sports video highlights of the 3 Test Series cricket in a taxi, get score updates of the English Premier League at a train station, or watch movie trailers in a supermarket queue. You can even shoot videos and email them to your friends, have your emails read to you and play live multiplayer video games.
And of course, with Talk &amp; SMS covering 92% of Australia’s population you can also do all the regular things like make voice calls and send SMS.
+Video calling, information services and some messaging services only available in 3’s Video Zone located in most parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. International video calling available to customers of 3 networks who are in their video coverage areas.</p>
<p>About Brightpoint, Inc.
Brightpoint is one of the world's largest distributors of mobile phones. Brightpoint supports the global wireless telecommunications and data industry, providing quickly deployed, flexible and cost effective solutions. Brightpoint's innovative services include distribution, channel management, fulfillment, eBusiness solutions and other outsourced services that integrate seamlessly with its customers. Additional information about Brightpoint can be found on its website at www.brightpoint.com or by calling its toll-free Information and Investor Relations line at 877-IIR-CELL (877-447-2355).</p>

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