Sunday, December 13, 2009

Smart Telecom and RIM launch the first CDMA BlackBerry in Indonesia

As Indonesia recently got introduced to the BlackBerry solution, they have been strictly on GSM networks (for BlackBerry devices). Earlier this week Smart Telecom provided the first CDMA BlackBerry in the country, enabling their customers to go on to the BlackBerry solution. With a variety of carriers in Indonesia, customers can be more flexible in choosing who to sign up with for service as they all provide BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Curve 8330 is the first device, but there will be more to come from the carrier. Continue reading to get the full press release from Smart Telecom and RIM.

Jakarta, Indonesia – Smart telecom, a national cellular operator, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today launched the EVDO-enabled BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone in Indonesia.

Smart will offer the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone with two service plan options – Smart BlackBerry Hemat monthly for IDR 140,000 and Smart BlackBerry Hemat daily for IDR 5000.

By subscribing to the BlackBerry® service offered by Smart, customers get unlimited Internet and email access on Smart’s high-speed network at an affordable price. The service also allows subscribers to enjoy unlimited video streaming (RTSP), access to popular instant messaging services (BlackBerry® Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger, Windows Live™ Messenger and Google Talk) and social networking sites (Facebook® and MySpace).

Activating BlackBerry service from the BlackBerry Curve 8330 is very easy – users simply send an SMS to 2233 with the text “ON Hemat30” for monthly service or “ON Hemat1” for daily service. To deactivate, users can send an SMS with the text “OFF” to 2233. There is no condition on subscriber type, all prepaid and postpaid customers can be benefit from the BlackBerry service.

“The BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone is for both personal and professional use with premium phone features, email, instant messaging, social networking, multimedia and web access together with support for a wide range of mobile applications. With the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 by Smart, we are very pleased that CDMA customers in our country, for the first time, will be able to enjoy the features and power of the BlackBerry platform on our network, which provides high-speed data services at an attractive price,” said Tom Alamas Dinharsa, Head of Device Technology & Special Projects, PT Smart Telecom.

Features of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone include:

■Easy-to-use full QWERTY keyboard and trackball navigation
■2.0 Mega Pixel camera with flash, 5x zoom and video recording
■High resolution (320 x 240) color display (supports more than 65,000 colors)
■Easy access to social networking applications such as Facebook and MySpace
■Easy access to popular Instant Messaging (chatting) services such as BlackBerry Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and Google Talk
■Bluetooth® 2.0
■GPS navigation and BlackBerry® Maps application
■Removable, rechargeable batterythat provides approximately 4 hours of talk time and 11 days of standby
■Industry leading service with BlackBerry “push” email
■Media Player, , BlackBerry Browser, and other features
■microSD memory card slot for media storage, supports up to 8GB cards
“The BlackBerry Curve smartphone has become extremely popular with both business users and consumers around the world, and we are delighted to leverage our experience and global leadership in CDMA smartphone technology to extend the reach of the BlackBerry service platform to CDMA customers in Indonesia. We are very pleased to introduce the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone to Smart’s customers in Indonesia,” said Gregory Wade, Managing Director for Southeast Asia at Research In Motion.

Smart is collaborating with Citibank to offer Citibank customers a chance to own the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone. All Citibank credit card owners can bring home this smartphone through a 12-month installment of IDR 499,000 per month plus discount up to 25% by redeeming their Citibank point rewards. This package includes 12 months of BlackBerry service with unlimited Internet access. Citibank customers can call the BlackBerry Citi EazyPay Officer at (021) 52909700 for Jakarta, (022) 4153131 for Bandung or (031) 5356699 for Surabaya to inquire.

The BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone and two Smart BlackBerry Hemat service plans are available at Smart’s galleries and Smart’s delivery order via phone at 088 11 22 33 44. Customers can also visit the Smart roadshow, featuring the BlackBerry Curve 8830 smartphone at Indocomtech, Jakarta Convention Centre Hall B, Senayan from 4-8 November 2009. source by

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