Pearl Medical stops trading putting GPs' phones at risk

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

In a notice posted on its website last month, the company stated that it had 'unfortunately not been able to raise the short-term financing required to continue operations'.

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 device, GPs will also need to sign a new contract with a mobile provider. Yes Telecom/Vodafone customers are invited to call 0161 446 4303, while Orange customers can email

Orange will also supply users with their Port Authority Codes, which will allow GPs to retain the existing telephone number when switching networks.

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

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