Tune Talk Launches BlackBerry® Service
May 5, 2011 – Kuala Lumpur – Tune Talk Sdn Bhd and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the BlackBerry® solution for Tune Talk customers in Malaysia.
The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow easy wireless access to industry-leading email and messaging, social networking, phone, organizer, web, multimedia and other mobile business and lifestyle applications. Tune Talk customers will now be able to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using BlackBerry smartphones to stay connected to people and information while on the go.
Tune Talk will be offering a prepaid BlackBerry® service to customers, who will be able to purchase a BlackBerry smartphone from one of Tune Talk’s exclusive partners. The smartphones available through Tune Talk’s partners include the renowned BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780, BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G 9300 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone .
This prepaid BlackBerry® service will be available for customers to purchase upon its soft launch today and will also be introduced with competitive rates pegged to the solution. The rates provided by Tune Talk are as low as RM1.50 per day or RM40 per month for a full BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) plan that includes BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and Instant Messaging services.
Jason Lo, CEO of Tune Talk said: “We are so thrilled to be collaborating with RIM. The deal in itself is such a recognition for a young service provider like us. The BlackBerry solution comes as an added-value for Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid subscribers who can now enjoy the many exciting business and lifestyle applications.”
“As we welcome our 2 millionth subscriber, the rollout of Tune Talk’s BlackBerry service is a significant milestone for us. At Tune Talk we continuously strive to meet the needs and expectations of our subscribers and the BlackBerry service is proof that we really listen to them. We are currently working on delivering a more exciting offering of our Tune Talk BlackBerry service so look out for our announcement in the coming weeks,” added Lo.
Tune Talk was recently awarded the ‘Most Promising Service Provider of the Year 2011’ by Frost & Sullivan.
Dany Bolduc, Vice President, Malaysia at RIM added: “We are very pleased to be working with Tune Talk to launch the BlackBerry solution to customers here in Malaysia. BlackBerry smartphones deliver a powerful and unique mobile experience, allowing users to stay easily connected to people and information while on the move.”
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a compact and stylish smartphone that offers a compelling blend of features, performance and design. Featuring the new BlackBerry® 6 operating system, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 supports 3G networks around the world, as well as Wi-Fi® connectivity and GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. The 5 MP camera comes with a full complement of high-end features including continuous auto focus, scene modes, image stabilization, flash and video recording. With two colours variants, Black and White, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of storage.
While the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone redefines what’s exciting about BlackBerry smartphones by combining a large capacitive touch screen and optical trackpad with a 35 key full QWERTY backlit slide-out keyboard, designed to feel optimally balanced when opened for typing. It offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in Wi-Fi® (b/g/n) connectivity and built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. Its 5 MP camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto focus, image stabilization, scene modes and zoom, as well as video recording. It also comes with a combined 8 GB of media storage out-of-the-box, including a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that can bring the total storage memory to 36 GB for customers that want more. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available in three colours, Red, White and Black to suit customers’ personality and preference.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi and dedicated media keys that allow music lovers to easily play their tunes while on the go.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G also features a camera that can record video and a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage. Support for 3G networks makes browsing faster, streaming music smoother, and gives users the ability to talk on the phone while they browse the web or instant message with BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger). The array of striking and exciting new colours such as Bright Chrome and Pink will be made available during this period.
The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone. It provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook® Twitter® and MySpace®). It also features rich multimedia capabilities and easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.
About Tune Talk Sdn Bhd
Tune Talk Sdn Bhd has become the fastest growing mobile operator in the country having officially launched its commercial service on 19 August 2009. Tune Talk operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) riding on the extensive network of Celcom Axiata Berhad. Tune Talk targets to serve the underserved segment of the market with super low calling rates and exciting incentives. Tune Talk offers simple product propositions that meet the consumers’ demand for a simple, value-for-money product with easy accessibility and widest distribution reach. Visit www.tunetalk.com for more information. Images can be downloaded from www.flickr.com/tunetalk.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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.
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Prefix : 010 / 011-1
Functions : Voice, SMS, Data, Roaming, MMS, BlackBerry
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: BlackBerry Internet Service – RM1.50/day / RM40/month (NEW)
: Data – 5 sen per 1Mb
: SMS – 5 sen each
: IDD calls – 10%-30% cheaper than other operators
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: Choose your own number, change number anytime
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