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Default [2004-10-27] Velocita Wireless & RIM Introduce BlackBerry

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Velocita Wireless and RIM Introduce New BlackBerry 5790 for Velocita's Nationwide Mobitex Network

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. & WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2004--

BlackBerry 5790 Provides Secure Wireless Solution for Enterprise and Government Customers



Velocita Wireless, L.P. and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry 5790 Wireless Handheld(TM) operating on Velocita's nationwide Mobitex network.

The Java(TM) -based, data-only BlackBerry 5790(TM) integrates email and data access to allow users to manage all of their information and data communications with a single device. It is specifically designed for business and government customers that require a specialized data-only handheld with secure communications. The BlackBerry 5790 includes fully validated FIPS 140-2 embedded encryption technology to meet government security requirements. With RIM's optional S/MIME Support Package and a smart card reader, the BlackBerry 5790 can also meet DoD requirements for PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) and Common Access Card (CAC) support.

"Velocita Wireless is the most experienced provider of wireless email services for government and large enterprise customers with many years experience supporting BlackBerry customers and integration with corporate email systems," said Tom Langan, Vice President of Marketing, Velocita Wireless. "With the new BlackBerry 5790, we are now building on the strength of our position in the handheld market with an offering that meets the most stringent data security requirements. Our wireless data network has a proven history of consistent availability and reliabile performance."

"Velocita Wireless and RIM have a longstanding and successful history supporting government and large enterprise customers with BlackBerry(R)," said Don Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry continues to be the wireless platform of choice for enterprise and government customers, providing a secure, push-based architecture that allows users to stay connected and productive throughout the day."

In addition to combining email, an organizer, web browsing and corporate data access capabilities, the BlackBerry 5790 features Velocita's Interactive Messaging PLUS support. The handheld comes equipped with a 160 x160 pixel monochrome backlit screen, a backlit QWERTY keyboard for easy typing, 16 MB of flash memory, and 2 MB of SRAM. Other features include a rechargeable lithium battery providing up to a week of use without recharging.

The BlackBerry 5790 also features cradle-free wireless email synchronization, integrated attachment viewing (including support for popular file formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF and ASCII), and remote address look up. BlackBerry also offers software development tools to create custom Java-based solutions.

The BlackBerry 5790 works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software version 3.6 and later (BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 is expected to be available later this year) and supports both Microsoft(R) Exchange and IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) environments (Novell GroupWise(TM) support is expected to be available later this year). It also supports BlackBerry Internet Service(TM), allowing users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and many popular ISP email accounts) without requiring server software.

The new BlackBerry 5790 handhelds are available through Velocita and its authorized resellers, including: TeleCommunication Systems, EarthLink, SkyTel and GTSI.

Pricing for the BlackBerry 5790 starts at $349 and is also available on GSA schedules. Data rate plans start as low as $34.99 per month. For additional information, please visit the Velocita Wireless website at http://www.velocitawireless.com .

ABOUT VELOCITA WIRELESS

Headquartered in Woodbridge, NJ, Velocita Wireless provides corporate email, interactive messaging, field force automation, telemetry, and other advanced wireless data services through its highly reliable, nationwide Mobitex packet data network. Additional information about Velocita Wireless can be found at www.velocitawireless.com.
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