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|Posted by:||Mar 24th 2007, 01:28:56 am|
|Fig Tree News Team||Have BlackBerry, will roam
By KEESHA BETHELL, Guardian Business Reporter
Owners of BlackBerry mobile devices will no longer experience the nuisance of being unable to communicate outside of The Bahamas.
Last week the Bahamas Telecommunications Com-pany Limited (BTC) introduced a GPRS roaming service for the BlackBerry.
"We are very pleased that BTC is broadening its BlackBerry offering, not only with the introduction of GPRS roaming but ... the upcoming launch of GSM and BlackBerry on a number of our Family Islands, including Inagua, The Berry Islands, Rum Cay and Long Island," said Marlon Johnson, BTC's VP of Marketing & Sales.
The service allows frequent travelers, in particular businesspeople, the freedom and flexibility to utilize all of the associated features on their BlackBerry devices whenever they are away from home or outside the country.
Anthony Ferguson, President of Colina Financial Advisors Ltd. (CFAL), said he loves the new roaming service as it makes it easier to stay in contact with his office while overseas.
"Having the ability to communicate from your BlackBerry while traveling is welcome news," he said. "We have been waiting for this since BTC began offering the BlackBerry service. Before, I needed a US BlackBerrry to communicate. This is definitely good news for all the business tourists traveling to The Bahamas to conduct business and Bahamian business travelers."
All BTC customers who roam with a BlackBerry device will now be able to do much more than just receive and place voice calls on selected mobile networks around the world. Through GPRS technology Blackberry users will be able to utilize services like wireless e-mail, instant messaging and Internet web browsing as they travel abroad.
"BlackBerry continues to grow in popularity around the world as demonstrated by BTC's expansion plans and new roaming agreements," said Johnson.
"BlackBerry provides both residents and visitors in The Bahamas with an always-on, integrated, wireless access to e-mail and data."
The initial introduction of GPRS roaming for BlackBerry handhelds took off earlier this quarter and included roaming partnerships with BTC and a number of telecommunications firms including Cingular Wireless and TMobile in the US, Cable & Wireless in Jamaica, the Digicel Group in Jamaica and TMN Portugal. New carriers were added this week such as ROGERS in Canada, and Digicel's other markets across the Caribbean.
Johnson revealed that BTC is expected to finalize similar roaming agreements with other mobile providers such as Vodafone K.K in Japan as early as the end of the second quarter in 2007.
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