Temple University's Workforce Using BlackBerry Tour To Stay Connected

By PRESS RELEASE — August 12, 2009

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. -- The BlackBerry Tour from Verizon Wireless lets corporations equip their mobile workforces with e-mail, the Internet, business applications, corporate information, and the nation's largest and most reliable 3G wireless network.

This global workhorse features the easy-to-use platform and advanced security that business customers have come to expect from BlackBerry devices, while also supporting applications that can help enterprises across an array of industries -- from education to finance to legal -- be more productive when their employees are out of the office.

The BlackBerry Tour has become the device of choice for Temple University's Timothy O'Rourke, vice president, computer and information services, who has used the device exclusively since it was introduced.

"University faculty and administrators are very mobile these days," O'Rourke said. "They need a dependable, easy-to-use device that keeps them in touch with students, e-mail and the university while they are out of the classroom. We also have faculty who travel to our international campuses in places like Brazil, China, France and even Senegal. The ease of use and the global capability of the BlackBerry Tour make it an easy device to recommend to our faculty and administrators."

With enterprise-grade security features, organizations, such as Temple University, can ensure that their intellectual property is safe with the BlackBerry Tour, no matter where business takes their employees. The BlackBerry Tour, like all Verizon Wireless smartphones with global capabilities, allows customers to access their e-mails and corporate data in more than 180 destinations and place voice calls in more than 220 destinations.

Business applications available on the BlackBerry Tour include tools for IT service management (ITSM), customer relationship management (CRM), mobile resource management, field service automation, and stock and financial information. Additionally, there are many industry-specific solutions such as work order management tools for construction companies; document management and emergency communications tools for legal organizations; and peripheral devices management for businesses in distribution, manufacturing and transportation.

The BlackBerry Tour is available for $199.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an e-mail feature or an e-mail plan. Customers receive rebates in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) (LSE: VOD) .

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