Aliant introduces the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone for consumers and small businesses

    Innovative smartphone also supported by new data plan

    HALIFAX, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, today announced the availability of
the BlackBerry(R) Pearl(TM) 8130 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM),
offering easy-to-use multimedia features together with all the renowned
communications and productivity capabilities of the BlackBerry platform.
    "The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is an impressive smartphone, with an elegant
design and many features including GPS navigation and maps, a camera and
access to Facebook, the popular communication service," said
Shirley Fullerton, Director, Wireless Marketing. "When combined with our high
speed mobile network, it is a powerful tool for consumers and business
professionals looking for a phone that is as fun as it is practical."
    The BlackBerry Pearl runs on Aliant's high speed mobile network, the
fastest and largest available across North America, which is ideal for
emailing, mobile browsing and viewing attachments.
    Aliant is also introducing new rate plans for RIM BlackBerry smartphones,
aimed particularly at consumers and small businesses. For $15 per month the
BlackBerry 15 feature offers unlimited email for use with the data-efficient
BlackBerry Internet Service, providing real-time push-based access to popular
web-based email services, such as Sympatico, Yahoo! and Gmail.
    For $20 or $35 per month, the Email and Internet BlackBerry 20 and
35 packages provide BlackBerry Internet Service email, mobile browsing, and
text messaging. The BlackBerry 35 feature also includes certain smart touch
features such as Mini-Message and Call Display.

    Available from Aliant in an attractive amethyst colour, the BlackBerry
Pearl 8130 includes:

    - Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones, offered exclusively
      by Aliant
    - Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, a new software application which
      enhances the capabilities of Facebook for mobile users beyond a mobile
      browsing experience, with picture uploading, automatic message delivery
      and more
    - SureType(R) keyboard technology, now featuring word completion and
      spell check
    - Built-in GPS and mapping software, making it easy for clients to find
      their way with turn-by-turn navigation
    - Two megapixel camera with flash, zoom and video capture
    - Enhanced media player, perfect for listening to music and watching
    - Convenient external accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot, providing
      plenty of storage space for music, videos and pictures
    - Bluetooth(R) stereo audio support and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack,
      compatible with standard MP3 player head phones
    - Roxio Photosuite(R) LE, included as part of the BlackBerry Desktop
      Manager software, which makes it easy to edit pictures and create photo
    - Ultra-thin high-capacity removable battery.

    The BlackBerry Pearl is available from Aliant for as low as $0 on a
three-year plan. For more information please visit

    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

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
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 and the exclusive Communications
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 For corporate information on BCE, please visit In Atlantic Canada, Bell Mobility products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM
assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in
relation to third-party products or services.

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1-877-487-3165, (902) 499-5837

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