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Vodafone leads market with global mobile business data products

  • 05 May, 2004 15:37

<p>Vodafone Australia today announced another aggressive push on the mobile data market, with the launch of the tri-band BlackBerry 7230 Wireless Handheld™, complementing the globally award winning, Vodafone Mobile Connect and Vodafone live!. All three products are central to Vodafone’s commitment to making mobile data communications a reliable, simple and affordable choice for all Australians.</p>
<p>Thanks to Vodafone’s global scale and scope, the BlackBerry 7230 and Vodafone Mobile Connect business data products are competitively priced and supported by Vodafone’s global GPRS network, which enables mobile customers to stay connected through GPRS roaming on a trusted network when travelling in Australia, or in 13 countries around the world.</p>
<p>BlackBerry® is a leading wireless communications platform for mobile professionals. The BlackBerry 7230™ from Vodafone will be available from 1st June 2004 at a price of $799 incl GST and delivers phone, email, SMS, internet browser and organiser functions in a single, handheld mobile device.</p>
<p>The push-based BlackBerry architecture means email is delivered directly to the handheld device and customers receive emails and calendar updates automatically, without the need for a dial up or connection to broadband. They can also read and forward email attachments from their BlackBerry handheld, including Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.</p>
<p>The BlackBerry announcement coincides with the launch of Version 3 of Vodafone Mobile Connect, a mobile data card with a Vodafone-branded user interface, which provides mobile customers with secure GPRS access through their laptop, to internet, email, company networks and business applications.</p>
<p>Winner of the Award for ‘Best Mobile Application for the Corporate Market’ at the 2004 GSM Association Awards in Cannes, the new version of Vodafone Mobile Connect is available at a reduced price of $399 incl GST and includes an improved interface, which will support future technology, including wireless LAN and 3G.</p>
<p>Vodafone is committed to delivering wireless data solutions to the mobile business market, which according to research group IDC was valued at almost $4.9 billion in 2003.</p>
<p>Chantal Walker, General Manager, Business Markets, Vodafone Australia said: “The opportunity is huge. The mobile services sector is forecast to grow around 10% annually between now and 2007. Businesses are now being charged to get information to the people, not just to the desktop and as we move towards 3G, data is a key element for future growth in mobile.”</p>
<p>“Utilising our global scale and expertise we have the unique benefit of being able to partner with leading organisations around the world, who help us to bring our products to life beyond their standard functionality. With experience in a number of global markets, we have a real insight into what customers want and how we can deliver the very best solution and the very best price.”</p>
<p>Chantal continues, “Vodafone is serious about leading the world in mobile data solutions and driving down the cost of being mobile for the good of our customers. These products are just the start.”</p>
<p>Vodafone Mobile Connect, priced at $399, is available immediately through Vodafone direct sales, retail and e-channels as well as partner channels for leading personal computer brands. BlackBerry, priced at $799, will be available from 1 June 2004. Customer enquiries can be forwarded to Vodafone Business Solutions on 1800 635 627.</p>
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For more information, please contact:
Juliet Simpson, Vodafone Australia on 0414 202 223
Matthew Gain or Julia Gibbons, Pulse on (02) 9904 3063 or 0404 011661</p>
<p>About Vodafone
Vodafone Group Plc is a leading mobile communications company - 25 per cent of the world’s mobile phone users are connected to Vodafone. Vodafone has equity interests in 26 countries, and partner networks in a further 13 countries - leaving an unmatched network footprint. The company provides quality services to 2.67 million Australian customers, Vodafone has more than 130 million proportionate customers worldwide.
© Vodafone Pty Limited 2004: VODAFONE and the Vodafone logos are trade marks of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trade marks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.</p>
<p>The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.</p>

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