i-mate is going to release some exclusive devices soon, i-mate's latest
announcement regarding it's cooperation with Brightpoint is definitely good to
here, especially because i-mate wasn't widely available in Europe. Nevertheless
has appointed Brightpoint EMA as a major distributor for its portfolio of
Windows Mobile smart devices. This move follows i-mate's international team
expansion and highlights the company's commitment to reach new markets.
Brightpoint will be responsible for distribution and channel development in a
number of key strategic European growth markets.
i-mate has an existing presence in the UK and Italy where it has sales
operations in place and the deal with Brightpoint means that the whole of
Western Europe is now covered both in terms of sales and customer support.
"These are very exciting times at i-mate. We are expanding to reach more
mobile operators than ever before, while continuing to build on our strong
market presence in key global markets. We have made major strides in terms
of industry presence through strategic partner and mobile operator
relationships, and are at a crucial stage of our evolution towards becoming
a truly global brand," said Jack Craine, Global Sales Director at i-mate.
"We were looking for a trusted partner who would understand our industry and
share our same commitment to customers. On that basis, Brightpoint simply is
the right choice for us. This step will bring us closer to our European
customers and ensures more businesses and mobile operators become familiar
with i-mate's products and services"
Recent Canalys research forecasts that 3.8 million smart devices will ship in
EMEA in 2007 and pinpoints Russia, France and Germany as three of the main
markets that together with the UK, Italy and Spain will represent 67% of the
wireless handheld shipments in 2007 for that region.
"We are committed to providing the best quality of pre-sales and after
sales services with all of the brands we support," stated Jac Currie,
President of Emerging Markets at Brightpoint. "In a competitive mobile
market, bringing the manufacturer as close to the consumer as possible is
critical and we believe that Brightpoint is perfectly positioned to provide
that support for i-mate."
More from i-mate to come soon.
Cheers ~ Arne