SK Telecom has launched the BlackBerry platform and the HSDPA-enabled BlackBerry Bold smartphone, which is now available to business users and professionals in South Korea. The monthly subscription to the BlackBerry Internet Service costs KRW 24,000 (US$18.80) and includes 30 MB of data traffic.
SK Telecom and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched BlackBerry® Internet Service and the BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone, targeting business customers and professionals in Korea. The smartphone and service will be available beginning tomorrow through select SK Telecom retail shops, as well as SK Telecom’s online store and authorized business partners.
BlackBerry Internet Service is a powerful and easy-to-use service that utilizes RIM’s highly regarded “push” technology to allow users to wirelessly access up to 10 supported POP3/IMAP email accounts. Set up is easy and does not require IT support, making it an excellent option for business users and professionals who don’t have the need or the resources to manage a corporate email server. Together, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone and BlackBerry Internet Service offer a complete solution for a customer's on-the-go communication needs.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone also delivers excellent voice quality and includes many premium phone features as well as a built-in organizer (with calendar, address book, task list and memo pad applications) that can easily import contacts from popular desktop organizer applications.
Customers can subscribe to BlackBerry Internet Service for a monthly charge of KRW24,000*, which includes 30MB of data.
To celebrate the launch of BlackBerry Internet Service, SK Telecom will offer new subscribers one year of premium access, via an upgrade, to “Daum” - one of the most popular local ISP email services in Korea. The first 1,000 customers will also get an additional free replaceable backplate in a color of their own choosing, a value of KRW 30,000.
“We continue to see great potential for mobile email use in Korea. According to IDC, mobile email subscribers in Korea are expected to quadruple from 4.7 million users in 2009 to 18.7 million in 2013**,” said Chang-Suk Shin, Senior Vice President of Business Service & Innovation Office, SK Telecom. “We are glad to introduce BlackBerry Internet Service to our customers in Korea. This service is the right solution for business customers and professionals who want a smartphone that keeps them well connected to people and information on the go, and provides them with an exceptional mobile experience.”
“The introduction of BlackBerry Internet Service allows business customers and professionals in Korea to benefit from the flexibility and personal productivity gains of the BlackBerry solution and we are pleased to launch it with the powerful BlackBerry Bold smartphone,” added Shin.
According to research findings from Ipsos-Reid, a leading global research firm, a typical BlackBerry user can recover up to 60 minutes of time during their day and increase their efficiency by up to 38%.
“The BlackBerry solution is recognized around the world as the gold standard for mobile communications. We have sold over 50 million BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry solution is widely viewed as a trusted and reliable solution for individuals, government organizations and businesses, including most Fortune 500 companies,” said Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at RIM. “We are pleased to now bring BlackBerry Internet Service, a best-in-class push-based mobile solution for both individuals and organizations, to SK Telecom’s customers in Korea.”
For further details, please visit www.mysmart.co.kr/blackberry or contact SK Telecom’s authorized retail channels.
* Other monthly data plans are also available.
** Source: IDC Asia/Pacific Mobile Voice, Data and Multimedia Services Tracker, 2008 Q4
About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670) is Korea’s leading telecommunications provider with more than 23 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 50% of the total market. Established in 1984, the company reached KRW 11.7 trillion in revenue in 2008. SK Telecom was the first to launch and commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2001x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks. It currently provides cellular, wireless internet, mobile media, global roaming service and more. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com or email
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) 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™ 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.