Liberia’s leading telecommunications company, LoneStar Cell MTN, and Research in Motion (RIM), a leading company in wireless innovation, have launched BlackBerry compatibility in Liberia.
With the introduction, subscribers on Lonestar Cell MTN network can now enjoy all of the freedom and productivity associated with Blackberry smartphones – connecting people and accessing information on the go.
Tebogo Mogapi, Chief Executive of LoneStar Cell MTN, said they were introducing Blackberry services to Liberia due to incessant demand from the company’s subscribers.
He added: “We will be offering a range of quality BlackBerry smartphones, service plans for consumers and business customers, as well as exciting services like BlackBerry Messenger.”
Waldi Wepener, Regional Director for RIM in East, Central, and West Africa, expressed their delight at supporting the growth of the telecoms industry in Liberia.
“Our partnership with Lonestar Cell MTN demonstrates RIM’s commitment to working with our carrier partners to bring the best of BlackBerry to mobile customers in Africa,” Wepener said.
At the event, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphones were presented for offer in addition to two service options which are BlackBerry Enterprise Server (for corporate customers) and BlackBerry Internet Service, marketed as BlackBerry Absolute Plan, for small businesses and individual customers.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed for organizations that have and control their own email servers.
The Enterprise Server software is highly integrated with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise. It also offers advanced security and information technology policy controls that will ensure that push-based wireless access to emails and other corporate data is
The BlackBerry Absolute Plan on the other hand is designed for small businesses and individuals. With the plan, subscribers can access data services such as internet, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the BlackBerry App World store front, and up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from their BlackBerry smart phones.
Norris Tweh, Liberia’s Deputy Minister for Information, praised LoneStar Cell MTN and RIM for bringing BlackBerry services to Liberia. He then reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Liberia to partnering with companies with the goal of improving the lives of the people.