Hutch and Research In Motion (RIM) have inked a deal through which Hutch will now introduce BlackBerry on its GPRS and EDGE networks. Till now, BlackBerry was available only to Airtel customers in India. With this launch, Hutch customers will be able to avail of BlackBerry services, which support wireless access to email, phone, text messaging, browser, organiser and other mobile applications.
“BlackBerry is a unique and robust mobile solution that offers a wide range of customers – from individuals to large organizations – the connectivity and productivity benefits of wireless information on the go. We are pleased that we will soon be able to offer BlackBerry to meet the needs of Hutch customers’ growing connectivity and communication needs,” said Naveen Chopra, Chief Marketing Officer, Hutchison Essar Ltd.
According to Norm Lo, Vice-president, Asia Pacific, at Research In Motion, “India is an important market and we’re pleased to be working with Hutch to expand our presence in the country. Millions of mobile users around the world have chosen the robust, push-based BlackBerry platform to stay connected in their professional and personal lives and we’re very pleased to now extend the benefits of BlackBerry to Hutch customers in India.”
In addition to BlackBerry handsets, Hutch will offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service. For individuals and small businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service will allow users to access up to 10 corporate and personal email accounts from a single device.