Aliant Announces Breakthrough Smartphone for Atlantic Canadians with the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition



    First CDMA BlackBerry Smartphone to Support International Roaming on
    GSM/GPRS Networks

    HALIFAX, April 27 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, today announced it will introduce the
sleek, elegant and performance driven BlackBerry(R) 8830 World Edition
smartphone. It is the first CDMA BlackBerry smartphone to deliver the
high-speed mobile connectivity of CDMA in Canada and North America, combined
with international voice and data roaming on GSM/GPRS networks outside of
North America.(*)
    With availability from Aliant Mobility expected early this summer, this
full QWERTY handset features a new sleek and thin design, yet delivers the
full BlackBerry smartphone experience that people have come to love -
including exceptional wireless e-mail capabilities, premium phone features,
fast web browsing and support for other mobile data applications - even when
roaming on international networks. Designed for the most demanding mobile
professionals and balanced with both business and personal features, the
BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is a powerful and stylish handset that supports
seamless international roaming.
    "The innovative smartphone will offer Aliant Mobility clients unsurpassed
coverage, enhanced data capabilities and extended global reach," says
Paul Pothier, Director of Wireless Business Sales. "The device will also offer
our clients the most powerful combination of productivity tools, multimedia
capabilities and enhanced user features available in a smartphone."
    "The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone is another breakthrough
achievement that integrates cutting-edge communications technology in a thin
and stylish form," says Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In
Motion. "It delivers the unmatched user experience and productivity benefits
that people have come to expect from a BlackBerry solution and introduces new
and innovative features as well. We are pleased to launch the BlackBerry 8830
with Aliant Mobility to meet the evolving needs of customers."
    The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone from Aliant Mobility
features:

    
    - Dual-band (800/1900 Mhz) CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO for high speed data access,
      web browsing and tethered modem support; and dual-band (900/1800 MHz)
      GSM/GPRS for continuous voice and data service while traveling
      internationally.(*)
    - Stylish and thin design (114mm x 66mm x 14mm) in an exquisite black
      finish with chrome side accents.
    - RIM's intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball, dedicated
      'menu' and 'escape' keys, and context-sensitive menus that make
      navigation fast and easy.
    - An ultra-bright, high resolution (320 x 240) display with innovative
      light-sensing technology that automatically optimizes the screen,
      trackball and keyboard lighting for indoor, outdoor and dark
      environments.
    - Premium phone features with noise cancellation for enhanced audio
      performance, Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice
      Activated Dialling (VAD), dedicated 'send', 'end', and 'mute' keys,
      low-distortion speakerphone, smart dialling, conference calling, speed
      dialling, call forwarding and Bluetooth(R) support for hands-free use
      with headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
    - Support for polyphonic, MP3 and MIDI ring tones
    - Built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) with support for a wide
      variety of location based applications and services; includes
      BlackBerry(R) Maps to provide users with turn-by-turn driving
      directions and the ability to track the route via the GPS
    - Multimedia player with stereo headset jack and volume control buttons;
      plays MP3 and AAC music files, as well as MPEG4 and H.263 video formats
    - A microSD expandable memory slot for data, music and video storage
    - BlackBerry(R) Internet Service support - allows access to up to
      10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most
      popular ISP email accounts
    - BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support - integrates with Microsoft(R)
      Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(R) and Novell GroupWise(R) environments
      and features a new set of IT policy controls for managing the
      BlackBerry 8830 smartphone's features and usage.

     (*) Not available in all countries. Check with Aliant Mobility for
         availability of roaming services. Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM mode is
         supported.
    

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on
Bell's products and services, please visit www.bell.ca, and for corporate
information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca. Bell Mobility Inc. is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Bell Canada. In Atlantic Canada, Bell Mobility products
and services are delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

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For further information:

For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, 1-877-487-3165, (902) 499-5837

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