News Release

Verizon Wireless Launches New BlackBerry 7250 For Mobile Professionals

The BlackBerry 7250 Offers Verizon Wireless Customers An Easy Way To Stay Connected With Increased Memory and Full HTML Web Browsing

February 6, 2005

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834Courtney Flaherty
Brodeur Worldwide for RIM
cflaherty@brodeur.com
212-771-3640

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BEDMINSTER, NJ and WATERLOO, ON — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry 7250 Wireless HandheldTM will be available in all Verizon Wireless stores Feb. 11. Perfect for mobile professionals seeking flexibility and the latest in wireless technology, this powerful handheld features a built-in phone, Bluetooth® support for use with a head set or car kit, a brighter full color screen, increased memory and full HTML Web browsing. The BlackBerry 7250 is available immediately from Verizon Wireless.

The Blackberry 7250 is a must have for mobile professionals who want to manage their information and remain connected to people via a single, integrated device. Its ergonomic design and lightweight feel fits comfortably in the palm of the hand. The BlackBerry 7250 provides access to Verizon Wireless' CDMA 1X NationalAccess nationwide network.

With the BlackBerry 7250, Verizon Wireless customers can stay on top of their e-mail and appointments wherever they go within the Verizon Wireless NationalAccess coverage area. Using the device's full wireless Personal Information Management (PIM) synchronization, customers can enjoy automatic wireless synchronization of their calendars, contacts, emails and tasks.

The BlackBerry 7250 from Verizon Wireless is an indispensable tool offering mobile professionals increased memory capabilities and push-based wireless architecture that delivers messages automatically to a customer's device without prompting or downloading. Offering all the benefits of a PC without the wires, this all-in-one device is equipped with full HTML Web browsing and appeals to every customer's needs by offering enhanced email attachment viewing supported by popular file formats (including: Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, WordPerfect, ASCII, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF).

The new BlackBerry 7250 from Verizon Wireless also comes equipped with a large, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard with highlighted number keys and a bright backlight screen that supports over 65,000 colors.

Additional features of the BlackBerry 7250 from Verizon Wireless include*:

  • Enhanced memory with 32MB of flash memory and 4MB of SRAM for storing messages, calendar appointments and pictures.
  • Support for 800/1900 MHz CDMA2000 1X network.
  • Over 3 hours of talk time or 8 days of standby time.
  • Wireless integration with multiple existing email accounts including Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® DominoTM and/or popular ISP email accounts.

BlackBerry integrates hardware, software and service, providing an end-to-end wireless solution. For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise ServerTM software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals, BlackBerry Internet ServiceTM provides an Internet-based email interface that allows users to access multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts from a single BlackBerry handheld without the need for server software. The BlackBerry 7250 is available for $349.99 with a 2-year customer agreement.

Customers signing up for the unlimited BlackBerry email service and a Verizon Wireless voice plan of $39.99 or higher prior to March 31, 2005 will receive a $100.00 instant rebate when they purchase their Blackberry 7250 at over 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores or any of over 500 Verizon Wireless Communications stores in Circuit City, Best Buy, participating RadioShack locations or on the Internet at www.verizonwireless.com.  

* Certain features may require BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless 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 receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About Research In Motion
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, Research In Motion provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. Research In Motion technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. Research In Motion'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 Research In Motion Wireless HandheldTM product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Research In Motion 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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