Comverse And Research In Motion To Integrate Visual Voicemail With BlackBerry
February 15, 2005 | Print
Visual Voicemail For BlackBerry Will Make Managing Voicemail Messages Quick And Easy Visit Us At The 3 GSM World Congress Comverse Booth At Hall 1, Stand C24 and the BlackBerry Booth at Hall 3, Stand 21
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to integrate Comverse’s Visual Voicemail with BlackBerry®. Comverse’s Visual Voicemail is a service offered as part of Comverse’s InSight™ Open Services Environment.
For mobile professionals constantly on the move, calling in to check voicemail messages can be a time consuming and tedious task. Navigating through numerous prompt commands and searching through archived messages sequentially can be frustrating, especially when trying to multi-task while on the go.
With Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry, users will appreciate the easy-to-use application, as it will bypass dial-in access and voice prompts and will enable quick and hassle-free access to any voicemail message with a simple click of the trackwheel on a BlackBerry device. The Visual Voicemail application will also integrate with core BlackBerry applications, enabling users to manage their voicemail together with email, messaging and phone applications through a single inbox.
Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry is designed to transform the voicemail experience by allowing users to browse and manipulate the contents of their voicemail box with email-like ease and functionality -- just click-and-listen. An intuitive interface will make message retrieval and management more efficient than ever. With Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry, users will be able to quickly see the identity of the caller, along with the time and the length of the voicemail and simply click on the message to hear the voicemail.
“BlackBerry revolutionized wireless email and continues to lead today by optimizing the mobile experience,” said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “With the click-and-listen simplicity of this new BlackBerry application, we can also significantly enhance the mobile experience for voicemail and add another valuable dimension to BlackBerry.”
“Visual Voicemail is designed to make voicemail messaging more effective and efficient,” said Zeev Bregman, CEO, Comverse. “Our collaboration with RIM will increase our reach in enterprise markets while providing carriers with a differentiator that should have strong appeal for new and existing subscribers.”
RIM and Comverse are meeting with carrier partners this week at the 3GSM World Conference to demonstrate the technology. By providing the Visual Voicemail application for BlackBerry, operators can leverage voicemail (one of the most frequently used and successful mass-market services) to add substantial value for customers and help generate revenue and user loyalty on their networks.
Visual Voicemail is one of the services available on the Comverse’s InSight Open Environment that can host numerous voice, video and multimedia communication and entertainment services including Videomail, Mobile Video Portal and other services from Comverse and third parties.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the world’s leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services. These value-added enhanced services solutions, along with the company’s real-time billing solutions, comprise the company’s Total Communication portfolio. Comverse’s Total Communication portfolio addresses four primary categories: call completion and call management solutions; advanced messaging for groups, communities and person-to-person communication; solutions and enablers for the management and delivery of data and content-based services; and real-time billing and account management solutions for dynamic service environments. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic software-based solutions for communications interception, networked video security and business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling signaling software for wireline, wireless and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse Web site at www.comverse.com or Comverse Technology’s Web site at www.cmvt.com.
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