Boston, MA — June 24, 2008 — Carbonite, Inc., the leading provider of online backup services to consumers and small businesses, today announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Packard Bell. The first partnership between an independent online backup company and major PC manufacturer, Carbonite will be providing all purchasers of Packard Bell desktop and notepad computers in Europe a free 4-month subscription to Carbonite’s award-winning online backup service.
The collaboration agreement between Carbonite and Packard Bell serves as a milestone in the online backup industry, trailblazing the incorporation of pre-installed online backup services on PCs.
“Carbonite is very pleased that Packard Bell decided to bundle their desktops and notebooks with our online PC backup,” said Floyd Bradley, executive vice president international for Carbonite. “Our mission is to provide the most secure, reliable and easy-to-use backup solution for consumers. Packard Bell demonstrates the same commitment by providing the best design, security, performance and entertainment experience to their customers.”
New purchasers of Packard Bell computers can begin safeguarding their digital lives immediately via the bundled, free four-month subscription of unlimited data storage via Carbonite Online Backup. The only requirements needed to start the service are an email address and password for encrypting the transmitted data. At the end of the free subscription period, Packard Bell customers can renew their protection for an additional year for only €49 including VAT (£29.99 in the UK and SEK 450 in Sweden).
"With Carbonite Online Backup, users can now quickly and easily back up their digital content and enjoy peace-of-mind, knowing their lifetime of memories is secure," said Philippe Guyon, Partnership & Marketing European Director at Packard Bell. "As a company that offers design, ease of use and performance, we naturally understand the importance of protecting all the personal content in a simple way. Packard Bell is pleased to partner with Carbonite, the best solutions for PC backup, to bring our customers a better digital experience.”
The pre-loaded software for Carbonite’s Online Backup will be available to Packard Bell customers in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Swedish. Users in multi-lingual countries such as Belgium and Switzerland will have their choice of language at the time of the PC setup process.
Carbonite launched its Online Backup service in May 2006. Carbonite's industry-first offer of unlimited backup space for a flat low price revolutionized the market for consumer and small business backup services. So far, the company has backed up more than 3 billion files, has restored more than 200 million lost files for its customers and has a large data center where capacity is measured in petabytes. There are Carbonite users in more than 110 countries.
Founded in 2005, Carbonite believes that computer users should not have to think about backup. The company's mission is to provide an affordable, reliable, secure and easy-to-use solution for the mainstream computer user. Carbonite is available to consumers and small businesses through numerous channels, including its corporate Web site, major US retailers and international distributors. For more information, please visit www.carbonite.com.
About Packard Bell
Operating in Europe since 1991, Packard Bell is one of the leading home PC brands in Europe. As consumers have become more tech savvy and discerning, and the world of personal computers and home electronics have converged, Packard Bell has continued to extend its brand and expand its range of products, which today includes leading-edge desktops, notebooks and digital entertainment solutions (MP3 players, home networking, GPS and storage). Packard Bell’s unswerving dedication to the consumer market is embodied in its recognized ability to anticipate and meet the ever-changing users’ needs.
For more information, please visit www.packardbell.com.
About Carbonite Australia Pty Ltd. www.carbonite.com.au
Carbonite Australia is part of the Avalanche Technology Group of Companies. Carbonite Australia is the distributor of the Carbonite online PC backup service.