Research In Motion

Research In Motion
Comverse Technology, Inc.

February 15, 2005 05:00 ET

Comverse And Research In Motion To Integrate Visual Voicemail With BlackBerry


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: RESEARCH IN MOTION

NASDAQ SYMBOL: RIMM
TSX SYMBOL: RIM

AND COMVERSE TECHNOLOGY, INC.

NASDAQ SYMBOL: CMVT

FEBRUARY 15, 2005 - 05:00 ET

Comverse And Research In Motion To Integrate Visual
Voicemail With BlackBerry

Visual Voicemail For BlackBerry Will Make Managing Voicemail Messages
Quick And Easy

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Comverse Booth At Hall 1, Stand C24 and the BlackBerry Booth at Hall 3,
Stand 21


CANNES, FRANCE--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 15, 2005) - 3GSM WORLD CONGRESS -
Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) -

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMVT), and
Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced
plans to integrate Comverse's Visual Voicemail with BlackBerry®.
Comverse's Visual Voicemail is a service offered as part of Comverse's
InSight™ Open Services Environment.

For mobile professionals constantly on the move, calling in to check
voicemail messages can be a time consuming and tedious task. Navigating
through numerous prompt commands and searching through archived messages
sequentially can be frustrating, especially when trying to multi-task
while on the go.

With Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry, users will appreciate the
easy-to-use application, as it will bypass dial-in access and voice
prompts and will enable quick and hassle-free access to any voicemail
message with a simple click of the trackwheel on a BlackBerry device.
The Visual Voicemail application will also integrate with core
BlackBerry applications, enabling users to manage their voicemail
together with email, messaging and phone applications through a single
inbox.

Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry is designed to transform the voicemail
experience by allowing users to browse and manipulate the contents of
their voicemail box with email-like ease and functionality -- just
click-and-listen. An intuitive interface will make message retrieval and
management more efficient than ever. With Visual Voicemail for
BlackBerry, users will be able to quickly see the identity of the
caller, along with the time and the length of the voicemail and simply
click on the message to hear the voicemail.

"BlackBerry revolutionized wireless email and continues to lead today by
optimizing the mobile experience," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and
Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "With the click-and-listen simplicity of
this new BlackBerry application, we can also significantly enhance the
mobile experience for voicemail and add another valuable dimension to
BlackBerry."

"Visual Voicemail is designed to make voicemail messaging more effective
and efficient," said Zeev Bregman, CEO, Comverse. "Our collaboration
with RIM will increase our reach in enterprise markets while providing
carriers with a differentiator that should have strong appeal for new
and existing subscribers."

RIM and Comverse are meeting with carrier partners this week at the 3GSM
World Conference to demonstrate the technology. By providing the Visual
Voicemail application for BlackBerry, operators can leverage voicemail
(one of the most frequently used and successful mass-market services) to
add substantial value for customers and help generate revenue and user
loyalty on their networks.

Visual Voicemail is one of the services available on the Comverse's
InSight Open Environment that can host numerous voice, video and
multimedia communication and entertainment services including Videomail,
Mobile Video Portal and other services from Comverse and third parties.

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 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.

About Comverse

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the
world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based
multimedia enhanced communication services. These value-added enhanced
services solutions, along with the company's real-time billing
solutions, comprise the company's Total Communication portfolio.
Comverse's Total Communication portfolio addresses four primary
categories: call completion and call management solutions; advanced
messaging for groups, communities and person-to-person communication;
solutions and enablers for the management and delivery of data and
content-based services; and real-time billing and account management
solutions for dynamic service environments. Other Comverse Technology
business units include: Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT), a leading
provider of analytic software-based solutions for communications
interception, networked video security and business intelligence; and
Ulticom (NASDAQ: ULCM), a leading provider of service enabling signaling
software for wireline, wireless and Internet communications. Comverse
Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional
information, visit the Comverse Web site at www.comverse.com or Comverse
Technology's Web site at www.cmvt.com.

Note: This release may contain "forward-looking statements" under the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and
uncertainties. There can be no assurances that forward-looking
statements will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially
from forecasts and estimates. Important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially include: changes in the demand for the
Company's products; changes in capital spending among the Company's
current and prospective customers; the risks associated with the sale of
large, complex, high capacity systems and with new product introductions
as well as the uncertainty of customer acceptance of these new or
enhanced products from either the Company or its competition; risks
associated with rapidly changing technology and the ability of the
Company to introduce new products on a timely and cost-effective basis;
aggressive competition may force the Company to reduce prices; a failure
to compensate any decrease in the sale of the Company's traditional
products with a corresponding increase in sales of new products; risks
associated with changes in the competitive or regulatory environment in
which the Company operates; risks associated with prosecuting or
defending allegations or claims of infringement of intellectual property
rights; risks associated with significant foreign operations and
international sales and investment activities, including fluctuations in
foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, and valuations of
public and private equity; the volatility of macroeconomic and industry
conditions and the international marketplace; risks associated with the
Company's ability to retain existing personnel and recruit and retain
qualified personnel; and other risks described in filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties, as
well as others, are discussed in greater detail in the filings of the
Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q. These documents are available through the Company, or its
website, www.cmvt.com, or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering
Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov. The company makes
no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statement in order
to reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is
made.

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. RIM assumes no liability and makes no
representation, warranty or guarantee whatsoever in relation to third
party products mentioned herein.

All product and company names mentioned herein may be registered
trademarks or trademarks of Comverse or the respective referenced
company(s). 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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    Comverse Technology, Inc.
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    or
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    Comverse
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    or
    RIM Investor Relations
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    or
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    cflaherty@brodeur.com