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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

BlackBerry Will Be Sold in Russia

Mobile TeleSystems plans to begin selling BlackBerry phones to individuals in the country within two weeks as communications companies compete for wealthy customers, the firm said Thursday.

"It's a niche solution, oriented toward the high-value segment that is interested in innovations and wants mobile e-mail," spokeswoman Irina Osadchaya said. "We want to bolster their loyalty." The BlackBerry is made by Research In Motion.

Mobile TeleSystems, which already offers corporate BlackBerry services, aims to attract about 3,000 retail clients in Russia this year, Kommersant reported Thursday.

Retail customers will be offered BlackBerry Internet service, which allows access to providers of free e-mail and their servers, as opposed to the encrypted channels available to corporate clients, Osadchaya said.