Touch the Future: BlackBerry Storm Smartphone Now Available at MTS Connect Stores



    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, May 6 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") has launched
the BlackBerry(R) Storm(TM) 9530 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) with
availability at MTS Connect stores and authorized Connect store dealers
throughout Manitoba. The BlackBerry Storm is a perfect choice for customers
looking for a state-of-the-art touch-screen smartphone with advanced
multimedia and communications capabilities. The stylish smartphone boasts
exceptional performance, a stunning display and rich features including global
connectivity support, web browser, media player, camera and the industry's
leading email and messaging capabilities - all designed to give users an
exceptional mobile experience.
    "MTS Allstream is excited to be launching such a functional, stylish, and
fun smartphone," said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS
Allstream. "The BlackBerry Storm features a large, easy to use and highly
intuitive touch-screen, a high performance full HTML web browser, and
messaging capabilities. For customers who want a touch-screen smartphone and
want to stay connected and entertained, the BlackBerry Storm from MTS offers
the most advanced features and technology available."
    The BlackBerry Storm smartphone features the SurePress(TM) touch-screen
which depresses ever so slightly when the screen is pressed, dramatically
enhancing the touch interface for both typing and navigation. Virtual
keyboards on the BlackBerry Storm respond like a physical keyboard to allow
easy and precise typing. The interface also supports single-touch, multi-touch
and gestures for intuitive and efficient navigation. The BlackBerry Storm can
be used in portrait or landscape mode thanks to its built-in orientation
sensor (accelerometer).

    
    The BlackBerry(R) Storm smartphone also features:
    -   High resolution (480 x 360) 3.25 inch color display
    -   3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, auto focus, flash and video
        recording
    -   1 GB of onboard memory, plus a microSD/SDHC memory card slot
        supporting up to 16 GB of additional storage per card
    -   Advanced media player, perfect for viewing full-screen movies,
        pictures and slideshows, and listening to music
    -   3.5 mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth(R) stereo support (A2DP/AVRCP)
        and dedicated volume controls
    -   Support for high-speed EVDO Rev A networks, plus support for
        (2100Mhz) UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks for global
        use
    -   Removable and rechargeable battery that provides up to six hours of
        talk time and up to 15 days of standby time
    

    The BlackBerry Storm smartphone starts at $249.99 on a 36-month contract
with a monthly voice and data package. To enjoy their new Blackberry Storm
smartphone, MTS customers can sign up on the monthly $39.99 Talk Email and
Surf plan offering unlimited data usage and 350 weekday minutes.
    For more information on MTS' wireless devices and offers, visit
www.mts.ca/wireless. For more information about the BlackBerry Storm
smartphone, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberrystorm.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services
Inc. and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS
Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business
and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions
tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a
world of rapidly evolving technology - Internet protocol connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream
brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems
Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western
provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network
spans more than 27,900 kilometres, and provides international connections
through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other
international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common
shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For
more information, please visit: www.mtsallstream.com.
    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trade-marks of Research In Motion Limited.





For further information:

For further information: Jill Gibson, Corporate Communications
Coordinator, (204) 958-3392, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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