MEXICO CITY, MEXICO and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2012) - Nextel Mexico, and BlackBerry®-maker Research In Motion (RIM) (RIMM)(RIM.TO) today launched the first BlackBerry® 7 smartphone for the new Nextel Evolution Network. The stylish new BlackBerry® 9620 smartphone supports all of the core BlackBerry services that let customers keep connected and productive, and allows them to instantly talk with another Nextel customer, or have group chats with up to twenty five other customers, using Nextel's Evolution Radio service.
"BlackBerry smartphones are very popular with our customers in Mexico. We're excited to offer the new BlackBerry 9620 smartphone with the Nextel Evolution Radio service, which offers customers instant communications and additional features such as being able to chat and access the Internet at the same time. We're pleased to strengthen our relationship with RIM and expand our portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones," said Alberto Escobar, Vice President of Marketing for Nextel Mexico.
"The stylish new BlackBerry 9620 smartphone has what you'd expect a personal and work phone to have, combining the instant voice communication that Nextel customers want with the unique features that only BlackBerry smartphones offer. We're pleased to expand our long partnership with Nextel and bring the first BlackBerry 7 smartphone with support for the Nextel Evolution Network to customers in Mexico," said Jose Maria Fregoso, Managing Director for Mexico at RIM.
The new BlackBerry 9620 smartphone from Nextel is an attractive, stylish handset that houses a fast, powerful processor and support for 3G and Wi-Fi® connectivity. It features a classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard for quick and easy typing and supports all of the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric features that can keep customers connected to the people and information that matter most to them. On Nextel's Evolution Radio service, customers can instantly start a conversation with other personal contacts on the Nextel Evolution Network directly from their address book, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), or instant messaging apps like Google™ Talk, Windows Live® Messenger, and Yahoo!® Messenger. While in the middle of a talk session, customers can seamlessly switch to a regular phone call.
The smartphone includes a camera with a flash and support for video recording, built-in GPS for maps and navigation applications as well as for geo-tagging pictures, and a memory card slot for adding up to 32GB of additional storage. Customers can enhance their experience with access to apps and content for work and play, which are available for the BlackBerry 9620 on the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. The smartphone also features a long lasting battery to help keep customers connected throughout the day.
The BlackBerry 9620 smartphone from Nextel is available in Mexico starting today.
About Nextel Mexico
Nextel México was officially established in Mexico at the beginning of 1998 with aim to provide companies with integral mobile solutions. With an investment of more than $6.4 billion dollars, Nextel has now extended its digital network to the main cities in Mexico, and since June 2004, offers an International Direct Connection service that allows instant communications in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, USA and Peru, just by pushing a button. Currently, the company's digital services are used by more than 3,861,100 subscribers (September 2012) in more than 100 cities in Mexico. For more information please visit the company's website at www.nextel.com.mx.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (RIM.TO). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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