BEIKS Announces BlackBerry Talking Phrase Books for International Travelers

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New electronic phrase books for BlackBerry help international travellers cope with the challenges of communicating in 11 foreign languages.

BEIKS LLC, the world leader in language and reference applications for mobile users, is proud to announce the release of its popular talking phrase books for the RIM's BlackBerry platform.

The talking phrase books are compact electronic versions of the classic paperback phrase books widely used by international travelers and, commonly, by language students. With simple and intuitive interface, based on the BEIKS reference technology used in other language and reference solutions, the phrase book applications are optimized for easy one-hand operation and optimal performance.

Once fully installed, a phrase book does not require or utilize wireless connection, making it ideal companionship and learning guide, for example in the airplane to a foreign country.

BEIKS is the first company to introduce such phrase books to the BlackBerry community, as well as the first to enhance them with audio pronunciations by native language speakers (limited by device capabilities).

The initial release consists of phrase books translating from English to French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.

BEIKS says the set is to be further expanded with natively localized versions for the German, French and Spanish users, as well as with additional languages like Dutch, Turkish, Chinese and others.

The phrase books are designed to work on any BlackBerry handheld running BlackBerry OS version 4.0 or higher.

Voice pronunciations are optional component of the installation, which only operates on devices equipped with hardware allowing this feature.

Those include all recently released audio-enabled BlackBerry models featuring ADPCM encoded audio playback:

BlackBerry 7100 series

BlackBerry 7105 series

BlackBerry 7130 series

BlackBerry 8700 series

Trial downloads are available at the BEIKS website at http://www.beiks.com or directly, over the air, through http://mobile.beiks.com.

Products can be purchased and activated directly from the BlackBerry's built-in browser or via regular desktop browser.

Each pair of languages is priced at $19.95 and there are language bundles offering more languages at discounted price.

For a complete list of the BEIKS language and reference titles for BlackBerry visit http://blackberry.beiks.com.

About BEIKS LLC

BEIKS LLC (http://www.beiks.com) is a privately-held company with headquarters in Dallas, TX. The company specializes in developing and distributing essential applications for mobile platforms such as Palm OS®, Windows CE®, Sharp Zaurus® and BlackBerry®. Founded in 1997, the company is best known for its BDicty Dictionary Reader, one of the most popular dictionaries for handheld devices on the market. BEIKS' product list now includes a growing catalog of over 250 titles across all major mobile platforms.

RIM and BlackBerry are registered trademarks of Research In Motion, Inc.

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