The planned pre-booking announced by Visafone Communication Limited during a joint press conference held last Wednesday in Lagos with officials of Research In Motion (RIM) for the sale of BlackBerry smartphones in Visafone’s 88 shops nationwide begins Monday.
Already, existing and prospective customers who have long awaited the launch of the first Code Division and Multiple Access (CDMA) BlackBerry smartphones on the network are excited at the new model of smartphones on offer and its promised superior quality of service.
Global brand, Research In Motion (RIM), Canada-based makers of BlackBerry smartphones and Visafone Communication Limited, had signed an agreement for the launch of BlackBerry services in Nigeria on Visafone’s Code Division and Multiple Access (CDMA) mobile network.
This feat marked first-time availability of CDMA BlackBerry smartphones in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and it is a first in Nigeria.
At a joint press statement issued in Lagos last Wednesday, the partners said the BlackBerry Curve 9310, the BlackBerry Curve™ 9370 and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphones will be available to customers from all the Visafone shops for pre-booking from Monday, October 29.
It explained that the launch will benefit any Visafone customer that wants access to email, Internet and social networking apps, including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter and Social Feeds.
The Regional Director for RIM in East, Central and West Africa, Mr. Waldi Wepener enthused that “We are proud to support the Nigerian mobile industry with the first-time availability of CDMA BlackBerry smartphones in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Our partnership with Visafone demonstrates RIM’s commitment to working with key partners in Africa to bring the widest range of BlackBerry services to people that want to be connected across the continent.”