Sunday, December 16, 2007

Oman Mobile launches BlackBerry in Oman

From the press release:

On the occasion, Dr Amer Al Rawas, managing director of Oman Mobile said: “BlackBerry is a unique and powerful tool that provides seamless connectivity for our customers, even while they are travelling. Business users can readily appreciate the importance of staying in touch while on the go anywhere in Oman. Oman Mobile customers can also use their BlackBerry internationally for data roaming with 37 operators in 20 countries such as the AGCC, the UK, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and many more as well as the normal roaming facilities for voice in 142 countries with 325 operators. This reinforces the fact that BlackBerry is the must-have business tool for mobile email and communications. BlackBerry can help businesses outperform their competition by increasing user productivity and efficiency, and enhancing customer service. We are delighted to be the first to offer this brilliant service to our customers.”

Designed for corporate customers, BlackBerry® Enterprise Server tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell® GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.


Oman Mobile will be offering various solutions for the corporate users including the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution which is a complete wireless platform to extend the benefits of a company’s messaging and collaboration environment and other tools to mobile professionals. The BlackBerry Enterprise Solution provides push-based access to e-mail; calendar, contacts, tasks and notes; instant messaging; web-based applications and services and enterprise applications.

The BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution is also built with corporate data security in mind. It features an end-to-end security model designed to seamlessly protect your corporate information from attack as users send and receive email and access data wirelessly. It safeguards the integrity, confidentiality and authenticity of your corporate data with a strong encryption scheme that keeps data encrypted while it is in transit between the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® smartphones.

Additional features of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server include:

Ability to download a variety of image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and PNG) and store them on the handheld

Image manipulation controls (pan, zoom and rotate)

Ability to search the address book, calendar, memo pad, tasks and messages applications simultaneously

Support for additional fields and categories within the address book, memo pad and task applications

Cradle-free wireless sent items synchronization between a user’s BlackBerry handheld and desktop PC

Ability to tentatively accept calendar appointments on the BlackBerry handheld with or without comments and be notified of meeting conflicts

Oman Mobile also offers BlackBerry® Internet Service for individuals and smaller businesses. The BlackBerry® Internet Service is activated with an Oman Mobile subscription tariff. With this solution, you can be up and running in just a few steps, regardless of e-mail account type — and without IT support. It’s the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to start using BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry push technology allows receipt of email effortlessly because messages are automatically pushed to a device. Customers can access up to 10 e-mail accounts be these for work or personal use, plus an optional, new BlackBerry e-mail address that comes with your BlackBerry smartphone. Browse websites and instant message on your BlackBerry smartphone just as you would on your desktop browser. Stay organised with access to your latest calendar, address book; task and memo pad information and access contacts from your existing desktop organizer.


Good to see Omantel picking up the pace...(but when will they speed up this net?)


Blue Chi said...

Nobody cares about Blackberry because it is not a consumer product, but a business product, the majority of the users in Oman never heard of Blackberry and will never use it.

muscati said...

In the past year in my visits to Dubai I've noticed that more and more people there are walking around Blackberry phones in addition to the normal phones. I doubt that most of them are using them for work. In fact, the Blackberry is now so popular in the UAE that Etisalat has started to offer them on installments for people who can't afford to pay the full the price of the device all at once. It's a status symbol, and an extremely addictive device.

I wouldn't get one unless my employer gives me one. Without access to my work email it would be useless to me. But other people don't want that. It's enough for them to have 24/7 access to their regular email.

ColOman said...

the people I know use it for work. the employer gives it all most to everyone. Only issue is then you are working 24/7

Blue Chi said...

Muscati, I can understand why it could have become a status symbol in the UAE, but I don't understand how it can be an 'addictive' device. The majority of people in this region of the world barely use email outside work for anything other than forwards.

faisal said...

the blackberry..

the first time we heard it, it was all wow. got one for myself,. its just for business users and well, i thought i could figure out the settings myself,. and now am stuck with it cos it just refuses to even add an email id. browser is only wap. call up the call center for the settings and they have no clue,. you need to go to omanmobile again to get the settings.
the 8800 is poor on graphics, sound, everything. (i use a n95 8gb) so i have enough to complain about the blackberry.

allen said...