IT firm supplying 2,000 GPs' mobile email contracts ceases trading

Pearl Medical, the company which provided subsidised BlackBerry email devices to more than 2,000 GPs, has ceased trading.

In a notice posted on its website, the company said it had ‘unfortunately not been able to raise the short-term financing required to continue operations from the constrained capital markets’.

GPs who used the service and wish to retain their email address can do so by paying £5 a month directly to email provider IT Energy's Opality.

However, to continue using their BlackBerry, they will also need to sign a new contract with a mobile provider. Yes Telecom/Vodafone customers are invited to call 0161 4464303, while Orange customers should email

Pearl Medical began offering GPs BlackBerries for £5 a month in 2006, in exchange for the completion of market research questionnaires.

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