Cingular Wireless and RIM Demonstrate Color BlackBerry 7280™ at CTIA Conference
New BlackBerry Wireless Handheld Targets Additional Markets
CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2003 - Las Vegas, NV - October 22, 2003 - Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) are demonstrating the new BlackBerry 7280™ handheld at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2003 in Las Vegas (Cingular booth #821, RIM booth #320). The BlackBerry 7280 is designed to provide the best combined email/data/phone experience and features a high resolution color screen with added 850 MHz support allowing it to operate in new markets on the Cingular wireless network. It will operate on Cingular's 850/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS network in the United States and supports international roaming on 1800 MHz networks.
The Java-based BlackBerry 7280, the newest wireless handheld to be offered by Cingular, combines phone, email, SMS, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single handheld. The new high-resolution screen displays crisp images with support for over 65,000 colors while the handheld continues to offer superior battery life for optimal wireless performance. The BlackBerry 7280 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 in addition to secure, push-based wireless connectivity.
"Cingular is committed to providing our customers with the best available products and services on our Mobitex and GSM/GPRS networks," said Charles Nelson, President of Cingular Interactive. "The new GPRS-based BlackBerry 7280 will enable us to extend BlackBerry to additional markets by providing customers with a secure, push-based wireless solution on our 850 MHz network."
"BlackBerry continues to be the preferred solution for businesses and government agencies to stay connected and productive," said Don Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at Research In Motion. "We are pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with Cingular to offer a range of BlackBerry handhelds that support all of Cingular's customers and wireless networks."
The new handheld will be available through Cingular as part of the Cingular Xpress Mail™ with BlackBerry service. The BlackBerry 7280 works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software that supports both Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino™ environments with single mailbox integration and provides IT departments with centralized administration, end-to-end security (using Triple DES encryption), multi-network support and a powerful development platform. Cingular customers can choose the Xpress Mail with BlackBerry service operating on Cingular's GSM/GPRS or Mobitex networks according to their specific needs. Customers can also easily maintain a mixed deployment supported by a single BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE - SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE - BLS), serves more than 22 million voice and data customers across the United States. A leader in mobile voice and data communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Cingular provides cellular/PCS service in 43 of the top 50 markets nationwide, and provides corporate e-mail and other advanced data services through its GPRS and Mobitex packet data networks. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com.
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. 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™ 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) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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