Nokia wins Britvic handset deal from BlackBerry

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Finnish manufacturer to supply the UK soft drinks company with 800 Lumia 720 smartphones

Nokia has signed a deal with Britvic to supply its employees with 800 Lumia 720 smartphones, replacing devices and services from BlackBerry.

UK soft drinks company Britvic, which owns brands including Robinsons, Tango and J20 and is the exclusive bottler in Great Britain for the likes of Pepsi and 7Up, is currently halfway through the rollout.

The manufacturer said a key factor in Britvic’s switch to Lumia os the Windows Phone 8 platform and its easy synchronisation with the companies existing Microsoft systems, including Microsoft Exchange email and Microsoft SharePoint, as well as enabling them to access and edit Microsoft Office documents.

The Lumia 720 was released in April 2013. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and has a 4.3-inch touchscreen made from toughened glass, 6.1-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card and a 2,000mAh battery that provides more than 13 hours of talk time on 3G.

Britvic head of IT shared services John Armstrong said: “Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone fit the bill perfectly, allowing our people to do much more than just check their emails and make calls. The training Nokia offered our staff meant they were quickly up and running with the devices, and Windows Phone 8 gives a consistent interface which is simpler to support.”

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