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SMART Communications and RIM Launch the BlackBerry Curve 8320 in the Philippines

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December 2007

Manila and Waterloo, ON - Smart Communications, Inc., through their Corporate Business Group, and Research In Motion (RIM) announced the introduction of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8320 -- the smallest full QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone that now includes Wi-Fi® support -in the Philippines.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 comes in a small and elegant design. It builds on the proven and popular BlackBerry smartphone experience with innovative features and advanced multimedia capabilities, while maintaining exceptional battery life.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) for expanded coverage and comes complete with a 2-megapixel camera and an advanced media player. It also features an easy-to-use trackball and an intuitive user interface with context-sensitive menus that allow smooth and quick navigation.

With the BlackBerry Curve 8320, SMART customers can increase their personal productivity and mobile freedom with the ability to stay connected to the information and people that are important in their lives.

SMART has made it easier for customers using the BlackBerry Curve 8320 to enjoy mobile data with SMART’s leading nationwide GPRS coverage and numerous Wi-Fi powered establishments, enabling them to send and receive email, surf the Internet or run other mobile applications.

SMART offers both BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service , along with an ably-supported 24x7 BlackBerry Customer hotline, so clients can enjoy an optimal mobile and data experience via their BlackBerry smartphones.


“The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is a world-class smartphone with its robust set of communications, connectivity and multimedia features,” said Nerisse Ramos, Head of PLDT Business Solutions.

“We believe it will attract both business professionals and consumers based on its powerful email, web browsing and entertainment features, along with SMART’s industry-leading coverage.”

“Our customers want a smartphone that is robust enough to support them in a business environment while also providing the right mix of communications and entertainment featuresfor their personal time,” said Norm Lo, Vice President for Asia Pacific of Research In Motion.

“The BlackBerry Curve 8320 offers a unique blend of features for personal and professional use and we are pleased to introduce this new Wi-Fi-enabled handset to SMART's customers in the Philippines.”

For corporate customers, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® to provide secure push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data, and includes IT policy controls for managing smartphone features and usage.

The BlackBerry Internet Service allows individuals and small business users to manage up to ten supported corporate and personal email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts, from a single device.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is the latest addition to the range of BlackBerry smartphones offered by SMART in the Philippines.

SMART was the first carrier in the Philippines to introduce the BlackBerry wireless solution in 2003 and has since continued to lead the way with the introduction of groundbreaking BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry® Pearl and the BlackBerry® 8820.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is now available from SMART via retail and business channels.
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