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BlackBerry Professional Software Offers Verizon Wireless Customers a Cost-Effective Enterprise-Grade Mobile Solution



BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and WATERLOO, Ontario – January 31, 2008 - Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Professional Software, a wireless e-mail and data solution specifically designed for small- and medium-sized businesses. Based on the core functionality of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Professional Software gives smaller organizations enterprise-grade security, control and performance for a fraction of the cost.



“Our small business customers now have a mobility solution that allows user-friendly wireless access to e-mail, calendar, Internet, and intranet applications with advanced security,” said Rob Miller, vice president – marketing for Verizon Wireless. “BlackBerry Professional Software from Verizon Wireless addresses the needs of small businesses for an in-house solution that is affordable, simple to install and easy to manage.”



Providing access for up to 30 wireless users, BlackBerry Professional Software can be installed onto a company’s in-house Microsoft® Exchange or IBM® Lotus® Domino® messaging and collaboration server, eliminating the need for additional hardware and operating system licenses. The solution tightly integrates with the messaging server to provide synchronized and secure wireless access to e-mail, calendar, contacts, notes, tasks, and other applications.



BlackBerry Professional Software provides smaller companies with the protection that is trusted and accredited by organizations around the world. BlackBerry Professional Software also provides support for Java- and Internet-based applications. As a result, customers can develop custom Java- or Internet-based applications for mobile employees and use any of the thousands of third party applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.



BlackBerry Professional Software is available from Verizon Wireless for up to five users for $549.99, or $849.00 for up to 10 users. Both options can be expanded to support up to 30 wireless users with the purchase of additional standard Client Access Licenses (CALs) and can easily be upgraded to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as the organization grows. The software is available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Existing Verizon Wireless customers using BlackBerry Enterprise Server – Small Business Edition can upgrade to BlackBerry Professional Software at no charge by going to www.blackberry.com/go/professionaldownload and downloading the software. Customers who opt for the BlackBerry Professional Software will want to choose from Verizon Wireless Nationwide Email Calling Plans starting at $79.99 monthly access for 450 voice minutes and an unlimited data allowance for e-mail and Web browsing.



Verizon Wireless offers a host of business applications and solutions for a variety of industries – from distribution, construction, manufacturing, and healthcare to retail, professional services, government, and public safety. To learn more about Verizon Wireless’ offerings for business customers, customers can go to Cell Phones, Cell Phone Plans, Cell Phone Accessories - Verizon Wireless or contact their Verizon Wireless Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.




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Red BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone Lets Verizon Wireless Customers Travel the Globe in Style


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – January 31, 2008 - Whether travels to London, China, Australia, or beyond are on the 2008 travel schedule, Verizon Wireless customers can now add a touch of style to their world travel with their favorite globe-trotting wireless companion: the BlackBerry® 8830 World Edition Smartphone in red. This sophisticated smartphone offers Verizon Wireless customers a powerful global wireless experience in a stylish red finish. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available online at Cell Phones, Cell Phone Plans, Cell Phone Accessories - Verizon Wireless and through Business Sales channels tomorrow.



Perfect for the fashionable world-traveling professional, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red and Verizon Wireless’ Global BlackBerry service allow customers to access e-mail and place and receive domestic and international calls in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and parts of Africa. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red features a large high-resolution color display and intuitive trackball navigation to help Verizon Wireless customers easily view e-mails, attachments, videos, and Web sites, and a back-lit QWERTY keyboard that makes it easy to send e-mail responses or instant messages with Mobile IM. The thin, stylish smartphone also offers the following capabilities and features:

• EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 90 countries

• GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling internationally

• Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode

• Built-in navigation to support VZ NavigatorSM for audible turn-by-turn directions in the U.S.

• Bluetooth® wireless technology support for certain profiles, including stereo (A2DP)

• Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)

• Media player

• Speakerphone

• Expandable memory storage option with microSD™/SDHC™ card slot (card sold separately)



Global BlackBerry Service from Verizon Wireless

Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless allows customers to use their BlackBerry 8830 smartphones to make and receive calls from more than 185 countries and to send and receive e-mails in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and more than 100 countries worldwide. With Global BlackBerry service, Verizon Wireless customers get the Global Support Pack, which includes a SIM card, a user reference guide, and details on accessing the Global Help Desk for 24-hour customer support, seven days a week. Customers also receive a calling card to make free support calls from any landline phone while traveling outside of the U.S. to technical support if the BlackBerry 8830 is lost, broken or stolen.



Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available online Friday at Cell Phones, Cell Phone Plans, Cell Phone Accessories - Verizon Wireless for $299.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the handset is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase. Verizon Wireless enterprise customers can contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ to purchase the smartphone. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Feb. 8.



With Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, customers get unlimited e-mail in the United States, Canada and more than 90 countries worldwide for $64.99 monthly access with a qualifying voice plan, or for $69.99 monthly access without a voice plan. Customers can add a “Pay As You Go” data feature to any qualifying voice plan for an additional $20 per Megabyte. Customers who want to use the BlackBerry 8830 smartphone for e-mail solely in the U.S. may opt for an unlimited e-mail plan starting at $49.99 monthly access.

For more information on the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone in red (or the original silver color finish) and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/blackberry or www.verizonwireless.com/vzglobal.
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