August 16, 2004
Globe Telecom and Research In Motion Offer BlackBerry® in the Philippines
Manila, Philippines and Waterloo, Canada - Globe Telecom and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) have made available the BlackBerry® wireless platform through GlobeSolutions, a unit of Globe Telecom specializing in wireless services, rate plans and handset packages for corporate needs.
Developed by RIM, BlackBerry offers GlobeSolutions' customers secure, always-on, push-based wireless access to their corporate email and data, via an advanced handheld with integrated phone, Internet and organizer applications. BlackBerry operates on Globe Telecom's GSM/GPRS network and includes international roaming capabilities*.
"At Globe Telecom, we deliver leading-edge wireless products and services that provide our subscribers with communication freedom and flexibility. BlackBerry strongly supports our commitment and we expect it to be a popular all-in-one wireless platform with our customers," says Dan David, Corporate Business Head of Globe Telecom.
"With a robust platform that keeps mobile professionals connected to important information and people, BlackBerry complements our business-building mobile services that are popular among corporate users in the Philippines."
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange or IBM Lotus® Domino™ or Novell Groupwise** and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.
"BlackBerry is already being used by over 1.3 million subscribers and its popularity continues to expand around the world," said Patrick Spence, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Research In Motion. "Our relationship with Globe Telecom provides Philippine corporate customers with a powerful wireless solution that combines the advanced data capabilities of BlackBerry and Globe Telecom's robust GSM/GPRS network."
Globe Telecom is offering the BlackBerry 6230™, BlackBerry 7230™ and BlackBerry 7730™ handhelds to corporate customers with a range of available service plans.
About Globe Telecom
Globe Telecom has a long history of uniting people by forging strong links of communication throughout the Philippines and with the world. From its humble beginnings as a radio and telegraph company in the 1920s, Globe has steadily evolved to become the industry leader that it is today. In 1993, Globe formed a partnership with SingTel International to further expand its capability to service the increasing telecommunications needs of a growing and vibrant economy.
Globe has the distinction of being the first mobile services provider in the Philippines to offer SMS, MMS and other technological innovations. Globe also offers business solution packages through GlobeSolutions and wireline and Internet services through Innove Communications.
Globe's corporate leadership and pioneering services have been recognized by industry stalwarts in the region. Some of its most recent accolades include "Most Innovative Service of the Year 2004" for its over-the-air reloading application Share-a-Load, from Asian MobileNews, and Best Asian GSM Carrier from Telecom Asia Awards 2004.
Globe is listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: GLO). For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.
About Research In Motion
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(tm) 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.
*Check with Globe Telecom for GSM/GPRS roaming services
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