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March 3, 2009

SingTel to offer IP VPN solutions in Qatar and the Middle East

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SingTel to offer IP VPN solutions in Qatar and the Middle East

Agreement with Qtel further strengthens SingTel’s presence in the Middle East

Singapore, 3 March 2009 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Qtel, Qatar’s leading telecommunications provider, to extend its Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) services in Qatar and the Middle East.

With this agreement, companies in the Middle East can enjoy superior network connectivity and IP solutions linking key business cities in Asia, Europe and the US via SingTel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN service.

SingTel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN is an award winning, fully managed and secure networking solution for corporate customers.

Mr Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President of Business, said: “SingTel is excited to enable companies to grasp the tremendous opportunities in the emerging markets of the Middle East. As we are the number one provider of IP VPN solutions in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan)[1], our customers can be assured that their ICT needs will be met with proven performance, scalability, reliability, flexibility and one-stop convenience.”

Qatar’s GDP per capita has been forecasted to reach US$63,867 by the end of 2009[2], placing it among the wealthiest nations in the world. With the doubling of its natural gas production, its economy is expected to grow by 29 per cent this year, the fastest rate in more than a decade[3]. Strong growth is also expected in the construction, manufacturing and financial services industries, as the nation embarks on large scale projects such as the Qatar Financial Centre, Education City and Energy City.

SingTel has been offering IP VPN solutions in the Middle East since it established its node and office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2005.

SingTel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN is the platform for the delivery of SingTel Managed Services. Businesses enjoy the benefits of voice, video and data convergence delivered over a unified network. They can also access a comprehensive suite of fully managed services that are designed to meet their end-to-end communication and IT needs.

For more information on SingTel’s IP VPN solutions, please contact

g-gmktg@singtel.com or visit http://www.ipvpn.asia

The Group also has major investments in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 232 million customers in eight markets.

SingTel employs more than 20,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$14.84 billion (US$10.05 billion) and net profit after tax of S$3.96 billion (US$2.68 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2008. More information can be found @ www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.

Next generation healthcare information solution enables remote monitoring of patients and islandwide access to medical records

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Next generation healthcare information solution enables remote monitoring of patients and islandwide access to medical records

Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), and HSAGlobal have successfully piloted the Community Care Management Solution (CCMS), an electronic health record and management system that makes patient data available to care providers, wherever their jobs take them.

The solution, which is fully managed and hosted by SingTel, allows healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses, to track patients’ progress from the time of admission through step-down facilities in the community. For the first time, complete patients’ health information that can be found only in case notes can be shared with caregivers across the healthcare continuum from inpatient wards to specialist outpatient clinics to polyclinics to community care settings as patient’s condition improves.

Healthcare providers can use a mobile device, such as a PC or laptop or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), at the point of care to view and update patient records, access test results and instantly share information with other caregivers.

With secure, 24/7 access to the system, caregivers will also be able to remotely track and monitor patients’ condition outside healthcare facilities, and where appropriate, extend care to treat home-bound patients and the elderly at home or in day-care.

In the future, patients will also be able to access their records, review tasks and receive timely updates and test results via an online portal. With the use of monitoring devices, patients can capture measurements such as blood glucose and weight, and upload this information to the system for clinical evaluation. The solution is able to alert healthcare providers to abnormal results. By identifying healthcare issues early, patients and caregivers can work in tandem to prevent serious problems from occurring and prevent unnecessary re-admissions to the hospital.

Professor Ng Han Seong, Chairman, Medical Board, SGH said: “As people age, they develop complex and multiple medical conditions. The responsibility of care in the community, for chronic diseases, is shared between hospital specialists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, patients and their families. We must therefore leverage on technology and design care delivery systems to facilitate the effective discharge of care across the healthcare continuum.”

“SGH is committed to help our patients manage chronic conditions more effectively. The adoption of technology to provide accurate and integrated patient information at the point-of-care, whether it is in a hospital, a specialist outpatient clinic, a polyclinic or in patient’s homes, can make a real difference to patient health and will lead the way for Nurses to extend the reach of nursing care beyond the walls of the hospital into the community,” said A/Prof Lim Swee Hia, Director, Nursing, SingHealth.

Mr Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President for Business, said: “CCMS transforms the way healthcare providers operate through the innovative use of Infocomm Technology (ICT). By setting a new benchmark in healthcare, we believe CCMS is the model for the industry to follow.

“As the solution is hosted and fully managed by SingTel, healthcare providers need not worry about complex technology issues, obsolescence, system maintenance, security concerns and IT staff costs. This allows caregivers to reduce overheads and focus their efforts on providing high quality patient care.”

The solution is offered through hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model for a monthly subscription fee. The SaaS model eliminates the need for heavy upfront capital investments and high on-going maintenance costs, making it a very attractive proposition for both large and small healthcare providers.

CCMS is a solution developed by HSAGlobal (HSA) for integrated care management across multiple healthcare organisations to facilitate continuity and consistency of care, streamlining of clinical care processes, and case management in the healthcare continuum. This solution incorporates clinical management tools and business process applications founded on Wagner’s Chronic Care model which is a proven clinical framework for managing care of chronic illness at both individual and population level.

HSAGlobal President and Chief Executive Officer Mr Matt Hector-Taylor says, “The burden of long-term and chronic conditions on the health care system is severe and growing rapidly. SGH and SingHealth Polyclinic’s use of CCMS to provide accurate and integrated patient information at the point-of-care, supporting clinical workflow whether it is in a hospital, a specialist outpatient clinic, a Polyclinic or in people’s homes, makes a real difference to patient health. We are delighted to be working with such prestigious organizations as SingTel and SingHealth,” says Hector-Taylor. “They are both recognized leaders in their fields and collectively we share a clear vision for enabling the delivery of more effective and efficient care integrated along the continuum.

About Singapore General Hospital

Singapore General Hospital, a member of Singapore Health Services, is the public sector’s flagship hospital. Established in 1821, SGH is Singapore’s largest acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre offering a comprehensive range of clinical specialties and clinical support services in the region with 1,400 acute beds and about 500 specialists. Annually, 70,000 patients are admitted to the hospital and 600,000 patients attend outpatient clinics.

About SingTel

SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data over fixed, wireless, Internet and satellite platforms as well as pay TV. In Singapore, it serves the needs of public and private healthcare organisations with its extensive fixed and wireless network coverage and robust and reliable infrastructure. Its wholly owned subsidiaries, National Computer Systems (NCS) and Singapore Computer Systems (SCS) have extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Globally, SingTel has a network of 37 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 216 million mobile customers in eight markets.

About HSAGlobal

HSAGlobal builds and distributes the Healthphone suite of healthcare software products for integrated care and long term condition management. Our products address the needs of providers and clients in the home & community care, long term & aged care, mental health care, and chronic care sectors. HSAGlobal conducts business in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Singapore, with staff and Service Provider partners in each country. HSAGlobal also has customers in the United States. Corporate headquarters and research & development are based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Orange and RIM Launch the Sleek, New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Spain

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Orange and RIM Launch the Sleek, New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Spain

Introducing the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet, with a wide range of powerful communications and multimedia features and an elegant design

Madrid, Spain and Waterloo, ON - Orange and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the sleek, new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone, an stylish, compact and feature-packed smartphone focused on the professional and personal needs of Orange Spain customers.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a quad-band smartphone – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz — providing global connectivity support with fast data access and web browsing. It combines phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, and features built-in Wi-Fi®, GPS and Bluetooth®, as well as a next generation processor (512 MHz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display, enabling customers to remain connected, productive and entertained while on the move.

At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone to date and comes with a sleek and refined design that feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. It’s large, striking 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480×360 resolution) projects vivid color and makes text, pictures and video a pleasure to view. It provides flexible connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and can help people find their way with its GPS capabilities.

In addition to its sleek and new style, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features a full-QWERTY keyboard and intuitive trackball that allow easy typing and navigation. With its new 3.2 megapixel camera, with auto focus, digital zoom, flash and video recording*, you can take sharp, print-quality pictures. The microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16GB per card, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone can be used with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, which offers enterprises advanced security and IT administration in IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments, as well as BlackBerry® Professional Software for SMEs. It can also be used with BlackBerry® Internet Service, which enables access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP accounts) from a single device. With the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone, users can also edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents directly on the smartphone using the preinstalled Documents to Go® application from DataViz®.

Price
Orange Spain offers a very competitive portfolio of flat rates associated with the BlackBerry solution that are adapted to the different needs of customers with a focus on managing and containing costs.

For customers who are only interested in email access on the go, Orange Spain offers a flat rate for unlimited email on BlackBerry® Internet Service at a cost of 9€/month. New customers to Orange can enjoy a special offer of 4.5€/month during the first three months.

For those clients who are interested in managing email, accessing the Internet and running additional wireless applications, Orange offers a flat rate for BlackBerry Internet Service at a cost of only 15€/month.

*Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately

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 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 has 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

EMS, Zain and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Solution in Burkina Faso

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EMS, Zain and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Solution in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Waterloo, ON, Canada - The mobile telecommunication operator Celtel Burkina Faso (Zain Burkina Faso), Emitac Mobile Solution (EMS) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® solution in Burkina Faso. The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow easy wireless access to email, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and other mobile business and lifestyle applications. Zain customers in Burkina Faso will now be able to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using BlackBerry® smartphones to stay connected to people and information on the go.

“We are proud to offer our customers the BlackBerry solution. The Zain brand has always been a pioneer in introducing new communication services in Burkina Faso, 22 African countries and in the Middle East,” said Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Managing Director of Celtel Burkina Faso.

Babar Khan, CEO of Emitac Mobile Solution (EMS), RIM’s strategic channel partner in the region, said “We are delighted to partner with Zain Burkina Faso to bring the many benefits of the BlackBerry solution to their customers. We will be supporting Zain Burkina Faso in their everyday mission by bringing the latest product and services to the market.”

Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at RIM added, “We are very pleased to introduce the BlackBerry solution in Burkina Faso. BlackBerry smartphones are the right choice for people who want a stylish and easy-to-use smartphone that can help them stay connected, productive and entertained.”

Zain Burkina Faso will offer the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8320 smartphone with Wi-Fi® support and a full AZERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 packs powerful features including an enhanced HTML browser that offers a Web browsing experience with desktop-style depiction. The handset’s trackball acts like a computer mouse, allowing users to quickly scroll through a page, zoom in and out or click on hotlinks. The BlackBerry Curve 8320 also has an improved user interface and support for HTML e-mail, and it allows users to download attachments as well as edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset using the preloaded DataViz® Documents To Go® software suite.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone also incorporates email and messaging capabilities with a full AZERTY keyboard and built-in spell checker, as well as premium phone features, a comprehensive organizer and a large, ultra-bright, 320-by-240 display that supports more than 65,000 colors and comes with light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts backlighting for optimal viewing. In addition, it features Bluetooth® 2.0 support, a 2 megapixel camera with zoom, flash and video recording*, an advanced media player with desktop media management software and expandable memory storage of up to 16GB per card via its microSD/SDHC memory card slot.

Zain Burkina Faso is offering BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry® Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users:
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed for organisations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® and uses advanced encryption and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

BlackBerry Internet Service is optimal for smaller businesses and individuals. It allows customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a single device.

* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.

About Zain Brand
Zain brand is a major actor of telecommunication within emerging markets; it’s objective is to among the top ten brands of telecommunication companies of the world by 2011. Since 2003, le group exploiting the brand has significantly developed and became 4th operator in terms of geographic presence with operations in 22 countries. The Group offers services to more than 50.74 million active customers (as of June 2008).

Nowadays, Zain is the brand that has the largest network coverage in Burkina Faso, say 90% of the population and more than a million connected subscribers. Its promise is “A Wonderful World” depicted by its commitment to achieve a sustainable development of telecommunication in Africa, its devotion to assure the wellbeing of populations, its capability of bringing in new products to improve communities’ everyday’s life in Burkina Faso. Beyond commercial stakes, Celtel Burkina Faso is resolute to contribute to the development of Burkina Faso, and to improve local communities’ lives. That’s the reason why the company launched in 2005, its Global Program of Community Responsibility named “Build. Our Nation.”

The Group operates in the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Gabon, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Chad and Zambia. In Lebanon, the company operates under MTC-Touch on behalf of the government. In Ghana, Zain will start operating by end 2008. Zain brand belongs to the Mobile Telecommunication Company KSC and is listed at the Kuwait Stock Exchange. (Stock code: Zain)

For more information, please visit www.zain.com

About EMS
Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) is a Dubai based solutions and service provider and RIM strategic channel partner focused on the delivery, implementation and support of BlackBerry® Solutions. Delivered by an experienced team of mobile professionals, EMS provides the mobile operator with sales, marketing, distribution, solution implementation and technical support services for the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM). For organizations using the BlackBerry wireless platform, EMS provides the ability to rapidly create, deploy and manage robust client-server wireless applications that reduce an organization’s total cost of ownership and significantly increases the value of their mobile technology investment. EMS is the region’s first Mobile Virtual Solutions Provider (MVSP) whose services are delivered through partnerships the company has with mobile operators in the Gulf, North Africa and Eastern Europe. For more information about EMS please visit www.emsmobile.ae.

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™ 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

BlackBerry Bold Smartphone Now Available from DOCOMO

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BlackBerry Bold Smartphone Now Available from DOCOMO

Tokyo, Japan - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX:RIM) and DOCOMO today announced that the BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone is now available at DOCOMO corporate and retail channels nation-wide in Japan.

Designed to give business professionals and power users exceptional functionality and performance, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone leverages DOCOMO’s high-speed 3G network to offer an exceptional mobile experience with support for global roaming*. It offers premium phone features, industry-leading email and messaging capabilities, a full-featured organizer, fast web browsing and powerful multimedia capabilities, as well as access to a wide range of other mobile business and lifestyle applications. The new BlackBerry Bold smartphone from DOCOMO features a newly designed QWERTY keyboard with Japanese text input support, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®. Among the smartphone’s rich set of multimedia capabilities is an optional 2 megapixel camera with video recording – DOCOMO will also offer a model with no camera – and an advanced media player for music, videos and pictures. In addition, it includes the new BlackBerry® Media Sync application, allowing customers to easily synchronize their iTunes® digital music collections with the smartphone.**

* Check with DOCOMO for roaming services.
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.

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™ 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Avea and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Turkey

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Avea and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Turkey

Thinnest BlackBerry smartphone includes powerful features to keep people connected and entertained while on the go

Istanbul, Turkey and Waterloo, ON, Canada - Avea and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone in Turkey. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has an expansive feature set that keeps users easily connected to family, friends and colleagues. In addition to its exceptional phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features global connectivity support, built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, a next generation 512MHz processor and a stunning hi-resolution display.

Sporting a sleek new style, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone incorporates a full-QWERTY keyboard and an intuitive trackball that make typing and navigation incredibly easy. The full-featured smartphone lets you take your favorite songs and videos with you and its new 3.2 megapixel camera — including auto focus, digital zoom, flash and video recording* – lets you take sharp, print-quality pictures and easily send them to friends or post them on the Internet. The microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16GB per card, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable.

Additional BlackBerry Curve 8900 Features:

* At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone to date and features a sleek and refined design that feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use
* Preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go® allows users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
* The large, striking 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480×360 resolution) projects vivid color and makes images and text easier to view
* Enhanced web browsing and multimedia features support an exceptional mobile experience
* Quadband for global connectivity (GSM/GPRS/EDGE on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
* The BlackBerry Curve 8900 also provides flexible connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) support and can help people find their way with its GPS capabilities
* BlackBerry® Internet Service support allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
* BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support provides advanced security and IT controls for enterprise deployments
* Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk, Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo! ® Messenger

Tariff information
Avea customers will be able to choose from two alternative subscription plans with the first three months free when committing to a twelve month subscription.

* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.

About Avea
Being driven by a spirit of innovation, Avea, the youngest operator of Turkey, has a nationwide customer base of approximately 11 million. Offering services to 94,5% of Turkey’s population through its next generation network, the company is growing fast both in the corporate and individual services with the brand “Avea” and constantly investing in technology and infrastructure as well as in its management and 2.426 employees. Having roaming agreements with 488 operators in 180 countries, the company continues to expand its roaming partnerships. Avea offers innovative solutions and quality services together with the latest technology, in line with its vision of being the leading company that serves the customers in the best way, by putting their needs first.

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™ 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Vipnet and RIM Launch the BlackBerry Storm Smartphone in Croatia

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Vipnet and RIM Launch the BlackBerry Storm Smartphone in Croatia

The World’s First “Clickable” Touch Screen Smartphone

Zagreb, Croatia and Waterloo, Canada - Vipnet and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced availability of the BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphone in the Croatian market. Purpose built for Vodafone and it’s partner Vipnet, the BlackBerry Storm brings entertainment, information and the renowned functionality of the BlackBerry solution to the tips of your fingers through the world’s first ‘clickable’ touch screen. The beautifully designed BlackBerry Storm will be available at the beginning of March 2009 with prices starting at 0.91 Kuna on a 24 month contract. Vipnet is a partner of world’s leading mobile operator Vodafone and therefore offers in Croatia Vodafone branded products such as BlackBerry solutions.

The BlackBerry Storm is a perfect choice for both consumers and business users looking for state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities in a smartphone that makes a statement in the office and out on the town. Its unique ‘clickable’ touch screen will give users an experience they can actually feel — the display depresses ever so slightly when the screen is pressed, enhancing the touch interface for both typing and navigation. . The stylish smartphone also boasts superior performance, a stunning display and many features including 3G, GPS, desktop-style web pages, advanced multimedia including a camera, first class phone and robust messaging capabilities — designed to give users a fast and powerful mobile experience.

“The BlackBerry Storm offers Internet surfing on a great platform, the industry’s leading email functionality, and the support of Vip’s outstanding quality in its high speed network. The BlackBerry Storm smartphone bridges peoples’ personal, social and professional lives, making communications for people on the go more productive and enjoyable,” emphasized Henrik Norgaard, CMO of Vipnet.

“We are pleased to introduce the BlackBerry Storm in Croatia with Vipnet,”commented Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at RIM. “Consumers and business customers alike will appreciate the BlackBerry Storm smartphone for its excellence in communications and multimedia features, while its unique ‘clickable’ display solves longstanding issues associated with typing on traditional touch screens.”
Through its revolutionary touch screen, virtual keyboards on the BlackBerry Storm smartphone respond much like a physical keyboard; the touch screen interface supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient navigation as well as easy and precise typing. The BlackBerry Storm can also be used in a portrait or landscape orientation to suit the task at hand.

Whether shopping for a gift online, editing an important office documents or reading a map, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone brings images to life with stunning clarity through its gorgeous 3.25-inch, 480×360-pixel, 65K-colour display. A multimedia powerhouse, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone has a built in media player that handles a number of music and video formats. It can even be synchronised with iTunes®* for you to enjoy your music on the move or used with the BlackBerry® Remote Stereo Gateway to enjoy songs through your home stereo. It features 3.2 megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus and a powerful flash that also provides continuous lighting when recording video. Through its integrated GPS, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone can pinpoint its exact location, supporting applications like BlackBerry® Maps and other location-based applications and services.

Preloaded with an incredible selection of applications that were custom-built for use on BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry Storm enables you to simply and easily keep your web community pages current, chat with friends and colleagues on popular instant messaging services or even add pictures to your online photo collections on Flickr™.

Preloaded applications include:

* Facebook® for BlackBerry Smartphones
* Windows Live™ Messenger for BlackBerry Smartphones
* Google Talk™ for BlackBerry Smartphones
* Yahoo® Messenger for BlackBerry Smartphones
* AOL® Instant Messenger™ for BlackBerry Smartphones
* ICQ® for BlackBerry Smartphones
* Flickr™ Photo Uploader for BlackBerry Smartphones

Packed with Additional Features
The BlackBerry Storm smartphone includes a number of features and functions including:

* BlackBerry® Internet Service support, allowing users to access up to 10 supported email accounts, including most popular ISP accounts
* BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support providing security and IT policy controls for IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise enterprise deployments
* Preloaded with DataViz® Documents to Go®, which allows users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
* Geotagging of photos
* 1 GB of on board memory storage and microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB of additional storage
* Media player that can play movies smoothly in full screen mode, display pictures and slideshows quickly and manage an entire music collection; playlists can be created directly on the handset and there’s an equalizer with 11 preset filters – including “Lounge”, “Jazz” and “Hip Hop” – for customized audio ranges when using wired headphones or external speakers
* A 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, support for Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP) and dedicated volume controls
* Sleek, elegant design with contoured corners, stainless steel back and chrome accents display
* An ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts backlighting for ideal screen viewing and an accelerometer that allows customers to view applications in either portrait or landscape mode by simply rotating the handset
* Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 15 days of standby time

For more information please visit www.blackberry.com/storm or www.vipnet.hr
Media can access images and video of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone at http://rim.mediaseed.tv/

About Vipnet
Vipnet is the first private GSM operator in Croatia. Its network started operating in July 1999. With its arrival to the Croatian telecommunications market, Vipnet introduced competition within mobile telephony in Croatia. The prices have been cut down by half and the quality level of services has been raised to the highest possible level. At the time, the penetration rate in Croatia was just 4.6%, and by the end of 2008 it reached 133.6%. Vipnet is also recognized as the leading innovator on the Croatian market, constantly developing new technologies and being the first one to introduce them on the market. Today Vipnet has 2.5 million customers and a quality of service ranking it among the best operators worldwide. It is a partner of world’s leading mobile operator Vodafone. Employees are mostly highly educated experts, their average age being 33. The company is in 100% - ownership of mobilkom austria and is a member of mobilkom austria group. For more information visit www.vipnet.hr .

* Using the BlackBerry Media Sync application. Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.

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™ 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Computers to Gain New Level of Integration with BlackBerry Smartphones

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Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Computers to Gain New Level of Integration with BlackBerry Smartphones

Research Triangle Park, NC and Waterloo, ON - Lenovo and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that the two companies will work together to promote new Lenovo mobile solutions that will help on-the-go business users enhance their mobile computing and communications experience through tighter integration between Lenovo ThinkPad laptop computers and BlackBerry® smartphones.

Leveraging Lenovo’s extensive global R&D capabilities and engineering prowess in laptop computers together with RIM’s expertise in smartphones and wireless solutions, Lenovo plans to develop and deliver a range of industry-leading solutions and technologies that can help professionals conduct business more effectively on the go.

Lenovo Constant Connect, the first solution developed by Lenovo, will leverage the strengths of the BlackBerry® solution and Lenovo ThinkPad laptops to deliver an unparalleled user experience for flexible, real-time access to enterprise-based email. Lenovo Constant Connect will allow enterprise email received on a user’s BlackBerry smartphone to be automatically synchronized via Bluetooth® onto the user’s ThinkPad laptop – even if the ThinkPad laptop is off – without the user having to take any additional steps.

This level of integration and availability dramatically improves access to email on the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop from wherever a BlackBerry smartphone can access a connection. In addition to greater flexibility and convenience, it can also reduce the need to use the laptop with fee-based Wi-Fi® networks. Lenovo Constant Connect is expected to be available from Lenovo and its business partners in the second quarter of 2009 in the U.S, and to be rolled out in markets around the world later in 2009.

“With more and more mobile professionals relying on both their BlackBerry smartphone and ThinkPad laptop PC, we view better integration between the two devices as a necessity. Today’s announcement is the first step in combining these best-in-class solutions to deliver a more useful and powerful mobile work experience,” said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

“Lenovo is adding significant value for our mutual customers by developing tighter and more seamless integration between Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and BlackBerry smartphones,” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “By leveraging the industry-leading, push-based connectivity of the BlackBerry solution, Lenovo Constant Connect will simplify email synchronization on the laptop and provide mobile professionals with greater flexibility to manage their email on the move.”

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s most innovative personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.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’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry(R) 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) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.BlackBerry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Debuts in Hong Kong

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The BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Debuts in Hong Kong

Thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone delivers features for both work and fun

Hong Kong - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone, the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone to date, is available in Hong Kong. Powered by a 512MHz next generation processor, it packs quad-band EDGE support with built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) and GPS in a refined, streamlined design weighing just 110 grams and measuring only 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm.

With an expansive multimedia feature-set, as well as advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer and web browser applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone makes it incredibly easy to connect with family, friends and co-workers, surf the net, take and view pictures, record* and watch video and listen to music. This sleek, stylish and powerful smartphone delivers a well balanced mix of features for both work and fun.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera, including auto focus, image stabilization, digital zoom and flash. Consumers can take sharp, print-quality pictures to capture the moment and immediately send them to a friend or post them on the Internet through social networking sites like Facebook® or Flickr™. The smartphone’s microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16GB per card, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable. Its dazzling 2.4 inch HVGA+ (480×360 resolution) light-sensing display makes pictures and videos come to life.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone packs a wealth of functionality in a compact and refined design that looks and feels great,” said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “Its multimedia and messaging features help users stay connected and entertained, allowing them to make the most of their busy lifestyle at work and at play.”

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone also comes with the following features:

* Built-in GPS supporting BlackBerry® Maps – providing maps, step-by-step directions, and local searches – as well as other location-based applications
* Instant Messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk, Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo!® Messenger
* Support for the Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones application, which enables fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access to the popular Facebook social utility
* An advanced media player for music, video and pictures, including support for streaming audio and video
* An enhanced web browser that displays full HTML web pages quickly, for an excellent browsing experience on the go
* Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time
* Preinstalled DataViz® Documents To Go®, enabling customers to easily edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the smartphone
* Support for BlackBerry® Media Sync, giving users a simple way to sync iTunes® digital music collections with the smartphone**
* Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is supported on BlackBerry® Internet Service, giving users access to up to 10 supported work or personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts), as well as BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, which enables push-based wireless access to email and other applications along with advanced security and IT administration within IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments.

Pricing & Availability
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available from 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (PEOPLES), CSL and SmarTone-Vodafone from mid February. For more information on pricing and detailed service plans, please contact the respective carriers.

* Video recording requires a microSD card.
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.

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™ 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and make no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Vodafone and RIM Launch the Sleek, New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Spain

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Vodafone and RIM Launch the Sleek, New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Spain

* BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet
* Includes a 3.2MP Camera with autofocus, flash and video recording
* Includes built-in WiFi and GPS

Madrid and Waterloo, Canada– Vodafone and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone for Vodafone customers in Spain. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has an expansive feature set that keeps users easily connected with their office, friends and family. In addition to being an exceptional phone with email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 features built-in Wi-Fi®, GPS, a next generation processor (512 MHz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display, enabling customers to remain connected, productive and entertained while on the move.

Services and Features
In a sleek and new style, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from Vodafone features a full-QWERTY keyboard and intuitive trackball that allow exceptionally easy typing and navigation. Its full-featured media player supports media streaming and can play all your favorite songs and videos. With its new 3.2 megapixel camera, with auto focus, digital zoom, flash and video recording*, you can take sharp, print-quality pictures to capture the moment and immediately send them to a friend or post them on the Internet. The microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16GB per card, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable.

At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from Vodafone is the thinnest full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to date and comes with a sleek and refined design that feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. Its large, striking, 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480×360 resolution) projects vivid color and makes text, pictures and video a pleasure to view. It provides flexible connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and can help people find their way with its GPS capabilities.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a quad-band smartphone — GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz — providing global connectivity for fast data access and web browsing. The smartphone can be used with both BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server.

Price and Flat Rate
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from Vodafone will be available with BlackBerry® Internet Service at a flat rate of 18€ per month, which allows users to browse the web, and access email, instant messages and social networks.

Vodafone
Vodafone Spain is part of the Vodafone Group, the leading global mobile company, present in 27 countries and with agreements in other 40 throughout the five continents. Vodafone provides a wide range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications for being accessed by 269 million proportional customers as of June 30, 2008. The 16,210,000 plus Vodafone Spain customers benefit from the experience and capabilities of this worldwide leading company, which helps its clients –individuals, companies and communities – to be better connected in the mobile world.

The company is a pioneer both in the adoption of 3G technology in Spain and in its evolution in order to offer its customers the best services and contents on the market. Hence, Vodafone leads the integration between the Internet and mobile with the aim of offering users access to its favorite services at any time and place through Vodafone live!

* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.

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 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 has 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM’s products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM’s periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

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