Visafone launches BlackBerry CDMA phones in Nigeria

TELECOMS

-
Image: By Visafone
Visafone launches BlackBerry CDMA phones in Nigeria

Visafone and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) have launched BlackBerry services on Visafone’s CDMA mobile network in Nigeria.

Visafone is also launching three BlackBerry smartphones, becoming the first carrier to introduce CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones in Africa.  

From October 26, all Visafone shops in Nigeria will be able to take pre-bookings from customers for the BlackBerry Curve 9310, BlackBerry Curve 9370 and BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphones, which will be available in November. The combination of the BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry services will give Visafone customers access to email, Internet and social networking apps, including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook and Twitter. 

Waldi Wepener, Regional Director for RIM in East, Central and West Africa, said: “We are proud to support Visafone with the launch of the BlackBerry solution to their customers in Nigeria, and to bring CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones to the region with Visafone for the first time.

The BlackBerry solution from Visafone offers customers a strong selection of smartphones and a wide range of services that connects them to people and information around the country, across the continent, and throughout the world.”

Jim Ovia, chairman of Visafone, said: “This partnership represents a big step forward in Africa’s mobile history and we are very excited to be at the forefront of such a ground-breaking development in the Nigerian market. We have responded to our customers’ demands for BlackBerry services by being the first to provide them with a suite of CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones that best meets the region’s growing mobile needs. More broadly, this launch is a major boost to the NCC’s efforts to achieve growth of data usage and quality voice services to the country’s 100 million active mobile phone lines.”  



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

Nokia X excites Ghana smartphone lovers

Nokia Ghana has unveiled one of its new smartphone products, the Nokia X, onto the Ghanaian mobile phone market. Read More

XDSL signs agreement with DFA, Conduct for more fibre

Internet Service Provider XDSL has entered into an agreement with Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Conduct, DFA’s last-mile fibre network subsidiary.  Read More

Glo clinches two new brand awards

Kamaldeen Shonibare, Globacom’s Head of Corporate Sales, receiving the Brand of the Year Award Globacom won two prestigious brand awards at two separate awards ceremonies in Lagos at the weekend. Read More

Airtel Chad awarded 3G/4G licence

Bharti Airtel has been awarded a 3G/4G license by the Chad Government.  Read More

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in Kenya

Samsung East Africa Director of Internet & Mobile, Manoj Changarampatt (left) and SEEA VP Robert Ngeru Mobile phone maker Samsung has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in Kenya. Read More

Disruption looms in Kenyan telecoms

With the entry of three more companies in Kenya’s mobile sector, telecoms competition is expected to be stepped up a notch.  Read More

Safaricom sees strong Kenyan smartphone uptake

Safaricom reports presales of over 300 Samsung Galaxy S5 units, as smartphone uptake increases in Kenya. Read More

Orange devolves broadband to Kenya counties

ICT services provider Orange Telkom is targeting Kenya’s devolved governments with its high speed broadband offering. Read More

Zambian consumers warned over unlicensed smartphone importers

Samsung Electronics Zambia has warned against buying handsets from unlicensed distributors. Read More

Rwandan mobile penetration nears 65%

Rwanda’s mobile subscriber numbers now stand at 6.8 million – up from 6.59 million at the end of last year. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN Business

FEATURED STORY

Kenyan bloggers get their act togetherKenyan bloggers get their act together

Bloggers seem to be gaining a formidable position in Kenya’s online media fraternity, reports Semaj Itosno.

IN DEPTH

YouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in RwandaYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.