3 has launched its first BlackBerry handset, almost a year since it first announced a partnership with RIM.
3 begun selling the BlackBerry Bold handset this morning, which is currently only available through its B2B direct and indirect channels at this time.
The handset, which features include built in GPS, ability to view Microsoft Word documents, edit attachments, configuration of up to 10 email accounts is also expected to support Skype.
3’s head of indirect sales Peter Butler first announced the networks intentions to stock BlackBerry devices last May as part of its 3 Means Business assault on the business channel.
The device is availble for free when signing up to a 24 month contract costing £23.41 per month excluding VAT.
This plan includes 750 minutes, 100 texts, unlimited 3 to 3 calls, unlimited email and 1GB web browsing per month.
3’s business segment manager Renato Bottini said: “Business at 3 is still very young after soft launching last July, but in that time our market share has grown significantly, and the deal with RIM will help us increase this further.
“We have seen significant interest from our business channels to take the BlackBerry and we are very happy to add the Bold to our portfolio.”