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March 14, 2005 00:01 ET

HTC And RIM To Provide Global Distribution Of BlackBerry Connect'TM' On Windows Mobile-Based Devices From HTC


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AND HIGH TECH COMPUTER CORP.

MARCH 14, 2005 - 00:01 ET

HTC And RIM To Provide Global Distribution Of
BlackBerry Connect'TM' On Windows Mobile-Based Devices
From HTC

TAOYUAN, TAIWAN and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) -
High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (TAIEX: 2498) and Research In Motion
(RIM) (TSX:RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM) today announced plans to expand
distribution of BlackBerry® Connect™ on Windows Mobile-based
devices from HTC to carriers around the world.

Carriers will soon have access to a wider variety of Windows
Mobile-based HTC devices with BlackBerry Connect. In addition to
previously announced models from HTC, new initiatives will include the
deployment of BlackBerry Connect on HTC's current generation of
keyboard-based devices and will quickly expand to a wider deployment of
Windows Mobile-based HTC devices.

"HTC continuously facilitates and customizes cutting edge technologies
and various creative and feasible solutions for carriers. We are excited
to broaden our product lines by offering global availability of
BlackBerry Connect, providing our operator customers with easy-to-use,
push-based connectivity," said Peter Chou, President of HTC.

RIM's BlackBerry Connect™ licensing program brings powerful and
proven BlackBerry wireless services to HTC's popular and innovative
devices based on the Pocket PC and Smartphone versions of Microsoft's
Windows Mobile platform. Mobile customers will benefit from a
compelling, high-value wireless solution that keeps them connected to
communication and information while on the go.

BlackBerry Connect for HTC devices based on the Windows Mobile platform
brings a suite of high-value BlackBerry functionality, including secure,
push-based e-mail and calendar synchronization. BlackBerry Connect
supports both BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ for corporate users and
BlackBerry Internet Service™ for individuals and smaller businesses.

"HTC is a leading supplier of mobile devices and the world's largest
manufacturer of Windows Mobile-based devices. We look forward to
expanding BlackBerry Connect to more devices, carriers and mobile
customers around the world," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO at
Research In Motion.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software
tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus®
Domino™ and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure,
push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™
allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email
accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many
popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

HTC designs innovative smart handheld devices that motivate consumer
interest and provide added value to corporate users. By providing
different ways to communicate beyond voice, HTC delivers personal and
powerful mobile experiences that offer customers multiple choices to
keep in touch, whether via voice, data or a combination of both.

About HTC

HTC is the world's largest provider of Windows Mobile based smart
handheld devices. Our product lines include PDA, Wireless Pocket PC, and
Smartphone products. Our mission is to become the global market leader
in the design and manufacturing of mobile information and communication
devices. For more information, please visit www.htc.com.tw.

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.

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the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.
RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S.
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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Media Contacts:
    Martin Liu
    Special Assistant to the President, HTC
    (O):+886 3 3753252,,,6186
    (M):+886 911 869284
    pr@htc.com.tw
    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