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Default [2004-10-18] RIM Previews New BlackBerry Handheld for WLAN

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RIM Previews New BlackBerry Handheld for WLAN Networks
Monday October 18, 7:00 am ET
BlackBerry 7270 Integrates Support for VoWLAN and Wireless Enterprise Applications in a Single Device; BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.0 Adds WLAN Support


ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 18, 2004-- Gartner ITXPO Symposium
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM - News; TSX:RIM - News) is demonstrating a new BlackBerry Wireless Handheld(TM) today at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium (booth #515) that operates on 802.11b networks and incorporates both voice and data capabilities. The BlackBerry 7270(TM) will be the first BlackBerry® handheld to feature VoIP and WLAN support.

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The new handheld is expected to be commercially available early next year, but RIM has been testing functional prototypes internally and will begin external customer trials with select organizations starting next month. The BlackBerry 7270 will operate in conjunction with RIM's new BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) v4.0(i) providing a robust platform for customers and ISV's to extend enterprise applications and workflow enhancements to millions of workers whose jobs require on-premises mobility.

Together, the BlackBerry 7270 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provide a breakthrough solution for on-premises workers that can benefit from an all-in-one mobile device for phone, intranet and email:

VoWLAN - The BlackBerry 7270 supports VoIP telephony that essentially extends desktop phone functionality to a BlackBerry wireless handheld allowing the user to place and receive calls on the go. It utilizes SIP-based call control to deliver standards-based interoperability with IP PBX and traditional corporate telephony equipment. With the BlackBerry 7270, employees can perform their job with greater flexibility and efficiency through improved communications.

Wireless Enterprise Applications - The BlackBerry 7270 can interact with enterprise data applications via the Mobile Data Service (MDS) feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, allowing ISV's and developers to extend enterprise applications to a wider range of employees and scenarios. With the advanced browsing and application development capabilities introduced in v4.0, the opportunities for both 'push' and 'pull' based wireless applications are extensive, including opportunities within customer service, IT management, facilities management, administrative services and many others.

Wireless Email - BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(TM) and to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email with single mailbox integration. Users can read, compose, forward, reply, file or delete messages at their convenience.

"We are extending the key benefits and differentiators of the BlackBerry wireless platform to WLAN networks and enhancing on-premises mobility for our enterprise customers. The inherent advantages of the BlackBerry platform such as security, back-end integration, manageability, ease-of-use, power management and push technology will provide a uniquely strong foundation for customers that want an integrated wireless VoIP and data solution," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "A growing number of customers already have WLAN coverage throughout their organization and a large majority of our BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers are deploying or testing WLAN networks. As such, we believe this is an excellent opportunity to widen the productivity and workflow benefits of BlackBerry inside organizations while maintaining a common architecture and infrastructure on the back-end for both local and wide-area wireless networks."

The BlackBerry 7270 provides on-premises workers with the capability to stay connected when they're away from their desk (wherever their organization has deployed WLAN coverage). Corporate and government organizations can provide users with the flexibility of a wireless VoIP phone that is tied into their existing PBX telephony together with always-on access to email, intranet, Internet and organizer applications.

This new BlackBerry solution for WLAN networks will support a wide variety of industries and environments including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, education and healthcare.

Further details on the new BlackBerry 7270 and general availability will be announced at a later date.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM - News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM - News). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

(i) General availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 is expected later this year.
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