MTS Customers Can Soon Get Their Thumbs on the Blackberry Torch 9800 Smartphone

Mar 15, 2011 | Corporate Member News

New family of BlackBerry(R) smartphones available March 31

Stock Symbol: MBT

MTS customers will soon be able to choose from a line up of the most popular HSPA enabled BlackBerry(R) smartphones when the MTS 4G wireless network goes live on March 31. The exciting new line up includes the BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) 9800, BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9780 and BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9300 smartphones – and will all be available at MTS retail outlets throughout Manitoba.

The BlackBerry Torch is the world’s first smartphone to combine the BlackBerry keyboard with a full touch screen experience. It features a built-in GPS for location-based applications as well as a five megapixel camera that takes exceptional pictures and supports video recording.

Kelvin Shepherd

“We’re delighted to be offering MTS customers throughout Manitoba access to some of the hottest devices on the market,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “The BlackBerry Torch runs the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and offers great features like expanded messaging capabilities and a fantastic browsing experience.”

Customers will also be able to choose the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and the new BlackBerry Curve 9300. The BlackBerry Bold features a premium and iconic design with an incredibly easy-to-use keyboard and optical trackpad that’s elegantly styled and packed with advanced communications and multimedia features. The new BlackBerry Curve 9300 features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi(R), as well as dedicated media keys, for music lovers who are on the go. Both the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Curve 9300 come with the new BlackBerry(R) 6 operating system, delivering a richer mobile experience that’s powerful and easy to use.

“MTS is investing more than $100 million in our new 4G wireless network to provide our customers throughout Manitoba with access to faster download speeds, an exciting new lineup of smartphones and handsets, as well as extensive international roaming on compatible GSM and HSPA networks,” added Mr. Shepherd.

For more information about the full range of new service bundles and exciting new smartphones and handsets that will be available on the Company’s 4G network, please visit To learn more about the BlackBerry Torch, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones, please visit

About MTS

MTS is a business unit of MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company’s extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit:

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This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the “statements”) about our corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives, planned activities, future financial results and performance that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast, anticipation or projection in such forward-looking statements. Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “project”, “should”, “anticipate”, “could”, “target”, “forecast”, “intend”, “plan”, “outlook”, “see”, “set”, “pending”, and other similar terms.

Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the “Risks and Uncertainties” section and elsewhere in our most recent annual MD&A and any subsequent quarterly MD&As, as well as our most recent Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at

Please note that forward-looking statements reflect our expectations as at the date hereof. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

For further information: Media: Gillian Giesbrecht, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, (204) 958-3392, [email protected]

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