Orange France and Research In Motion (RIM) announced plans to offer the BlackBerry wireless solution to business customers. This offering is expected to be available as part of Orange's OBS (Orange Business Solutions) portfolio during the second quarter 2004. Operating on Orange France's GSM/GPRS network and including roaming capabilities, BlackBerry from Orange France will provide mobile professionals with push-based access to their corporate email system via an advanced handheld, in addition to phone capabilities, Internet access and organiser.
"For our business customers, access on the move to their corporate emails is becoming just as important as making and receiving calls," said Jean Marie Culpin, Vice President, Business Solutions at Orange France. "We are very pleased to enrich our portfolio of wireless email services - Orange bureau - with the BlackBerry solution. Our business customers will now enjoy the largest choice of easy to use and secure access to their information."
At the same time, RIM announced that Cingular's new flagship GPRS data devices are the monochrome BlackBerry 6280 and color BlackBerry 7280 handhelds.
"Cingular is the leading provider of wireless email services with more experience supporting BlackBerry customers and corporate systems connectivity than any other carrier in the US," said Jim Ryan vice president of data product management and business marketing, Cingular Wireless. "Now with these new BlackBerry solutions, we are improving the strength of our position with higher speeds, a wireless data footprint that meets or beats any other carrier in the country and enterprise-grade service and support."
"Cingular and RIM have a longstanding and successful history supporting customers with BlackBerry deployments. BlackBerry Enterprise Server continues to be the wireless platform of choice for enterprise and government customers and the BlackBerry Web Client service is proving very popular with smaller companies and individuals that want to stay connected and productive throughout the day," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry models are a strong addition to the overall Cingular offering and the added support of both 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies in the US provides these handhelds with even greater wireless coverage on Cingular's nationwide network."
The new BlackBerry handhelds are available through Cingular as part of the Cingular Xpress Mail with BlackBerry service. The BlackBerry 6280 and BlackBerry 7280 work with BlackBerry Enterprise Server software that supports both Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino environments.