BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and WATERLOO, Ontario — 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, announced today the availability of the BlackBerry® Pearl 8130 smartphone in pink. Coming to Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com tomorrow, the pink BlackBerry Pearl is packed with the same powerful communications features and wireless broadband connectivity as the original, but it comes encased in a new pink finish that's chic and sophisticated.
Perfect for the fashion-forward professional on-the-go, the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in pink makes it easy to perform essential tasks away from the office, such as managing e-mail, and connecting instantly to the Internet, and it also lets customers take pictures, listen to music, watch videos, and much more. With built-in navigation to support the location-based application, VZ NavigatorSM, customers can get audible turn-by-turn directions to wherever they want to go. The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 also offers the following features and capabilities:
- Wireless broadband (EV-DO) connectivity for high-speed data transfers, perfect for fast Web browsing
- Premium phone features including Voice Activated Dialing, speakerphone, and noise and echo cancellation technology for clearer calls
- 2 megapixel camera with flash and 5x zoom, able to record video
- Advanced media player and enhanced desktop media manager software allowing customers to easily manage music, pictures and video between their PC and the BlackBerry Pearl 8130
- Externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot
- Bluetooth® with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits, and other Bluetooth accessories
The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone in pink is available Friday for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the device is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase. In addition, Verizon Wireless offers Nationwide E-mail and Web for BlackBerry customers, which includes unlimited data, for an additional $29.99 per month on top of a voice plan. The plan provides access to up to 10 supported POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts via BlackBerry® Internet Service.
For more information on products and services from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers may contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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.
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