BlackBerrys given to council by Orange

11 March 2010 — 2:28 PM

Orange BlackBerrys help council to stay in touch

Businesses which are considering recycling mobile phones in order to allow their employees to upgrade their handsets may want to consider switching to Orange.

The network provider has revealed it will help Derby City Council to save an estimated £200,000 a year by being appointed as its sole mobile communications provider.

Orange will supply its Wirefree Extension and 1,500 voice connections, enabling reduced-rate calls between mobile phones and the local authority's landline.

BlackBerrys will be delivered to the council by Orange so workers can stay connected while out of the office.

Companies that want to invest in BlackBerry handsets but do so in an environmentally-friendly way could sell their used mobile phones to ensure they are properly disposed of.

"We selected Orange as it was the only operator involved in the process that demonstrated that it could deliver against all of our requirements and allow us to make significant savings," said councillor Mike Carr, from Derby City Council.

BlackBerry has increased its market share of the smartphone market from 16.6 per cent in 2008 to 19.9 per cent last year.

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