Research In Motion

Research In Motion
America Online, Inc.

March 14, 2005 00:01 ET

America Online Inc. And Research In Motion To Deliver AOL Instant Messaging Via BlackBerry


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: RESEARCH IN MOTION

NASDAQ SYMBOL: RIMM
TSX SYMBOL: RIM

AND AMERICA ONLINE, INC.

MARCH 14, 2005 - 00:01 ET

America Online Inc. And Research In Motion To Deliver
AOL Instant Messaging Via BlackBerry

RIM to Add Support for Mobile AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) and
ICQ® Services to BlackBerry®

Users to Access AOL® Mail Through IMAP Integration

DULLES, VIRGINIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) -

Research In Motion (RIM) (TSX:RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM) and America Online,
Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced
that RIM has joined AOL's Mobile Developer Program (MDP) in order to
support the popular mobile AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) and
ICQ® services on the BlackBerry® wireless platform. RIM has also
worked with AOL to give BlackBerry users easy access to the mobile
AOL® Mail service.

With the branded and full color mobile AIM or ICQ instant messaging
interface, BlackBerry users will have quick and easy access to their
AOL® Buddy List® feature or ICQ® contact list to easily see which
of their friends and family members are online and available to chat.
BlackBerry users will be able to send and receive instant messages (IMs)
over both the AIM and ICQ networks. Mobile IMs will be transmitted to
and from the BlackBerry handheld, notifying users of new messages
quickly and seamlessly.

"With instant messaging enjoying continued growth, we are very pleased
to be working with America Online," said Mark Guibert, Vice President,
Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "AOL's mobile instant
messaging services and RIM's unique push-based BlackBerry platform will
provide a convenient and powerful communications solution."

In addition to Instant Messaging services, AOL Mail service members will
gain the flexibility and convenience of accessing their trusted e-mail
service via BlackBerry.

"Our new mobile services for BlackBerry will help users stay connected
while on the go," said Himesh Bhise, vice president and general manager,
AOL Mobile, America Online, Inc. "We are extremely pleased to welcome
BlackBerry users everywhere to our global community."

The AIM and ICQ services for BlackBerry will be available from AOL
authorized carriers. Users should check with their carrier for
availability and pricing. For more information about mobile AOL
services, please visit www.aolmobile.com.

About AOL Mobile

As the world's leading interactive service company, AOL is a leader in
the mobile services arena. AOL Mobile is bringing community, convenience
and communication to mobile users with an array of services supported by
the top wireless carriers and device manufacturers. AOL Mobile makes it
possible for members and Internet users alike to access their preferred
content and services whenever and wherever they like, including the
mobile AOL® Mail and AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) services.
To learn more, go to www.AOLmobile.com.

About America Online, Inc.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.
Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in
interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce
services.

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, RIM provides
platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive
information including e-mail, 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 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.
The Company 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. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks
and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Media Contacts:
    Jenny J. Song
    America Online, Inc.
    (703) 265-6505
    JennyJSong@aol.com or Mobile AIM SN: JennyJSong
    or
    Brodeur Worldwide for RIM
    Courtney Flaherty
    +1 (212) 771-3637
    cflaherty@brodeur.com
    or
    RIM Investor Contact
    RIM Investor Relations
    +1 (519) 888-7465
    investor_relations@rim.com