Research In Motion

Research In Motion
KPN Royal Dutch Telecommunications

March 30, 2005 04:00 ET

KPN and Research In Motion Introduce BlackBerry Internet Service in Belgium and The Netherlands


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FOR: RESEARCH IN MOTION

NASDAQ SYMBOL: RIMM
TSX SYMBOL: RIM

AND KPN ROYAL DUTCH TELECOMMUNICATIONS

MARCH 30, 2005 - 04:00 ET

KPN and Research In Motion Introduce BlackBerry
Internet Service in Belgium and The Netherlands

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and THE HAGE, THE
NETHERLANDS--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - KPN and Research In Motion
(RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) have introduced BlackBerry Internet
Service™ in the Netherlands and in Belgium via BASE, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of KPN Mobile N.V. BlackBerry Internet Service provides
individual users and smaller businesses with a leading mobile solution
for staying connected.

"Adding BlackBerry to our portfolio has been a success and this has been
proven by the still growing demand from our enterprise customers," said
Marco Visser, Director Sales Corporate Market at KPN Mobile.
"Introducing BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller companies and
prosumers is a logical next step to fulfil the need for a solution with
all the benefits of BlackBerry without having to install the full
enterprise solution."

"BASE's introduction of BlackBerry for enterprise customers has been
very successful," said Bart Vandesompele, Head of Corporate
Communication for BASE. "The timing was right for BlackBerry. After
establishing this solution for the corporate market segment, BASE is now
looking at customers who don't need the full enterprise solution but
still want the benefits of BlackBerry and push email functionality."

BlackBerry®, developed and manufactured by RIM, helps mobile
professionals make the most of their day by enabling them to easily
manage their email and other information wherever they are. The
BlackBerry Enterprise Solution™ is already very popular among KPN and
BASE's corporate customers who are also supported by a network of
BlackBerry Solutions Partners. With BlackBerry Internet Service,
individual users and smaller businesses can now also manage their
business and personal email on the go with improved communications and
productivity.

"The popularity of BlackBerry continues to grow across Europe and we are
pleased to work with KPN to introduce BlackBerry Internet Service to its
customers in the Netherlands and Belgium," said Mark Guibert, Vice
President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "Customers will
benefit from the flexibility and mobility enabled by BlackBerry with
always-on, integrated access to voice and data applications."

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

The BlackBerry 'push' architecture enables email to be automatically
pushed to the BlackBerry handheld - no dialling in required. Users can
also read and forward email attachments (including support for Microsoft
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Acrobat PDF documents).

KPN offers a choice of three BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™ - the
BlackBerry 7230™, the BlackBerry 7730™ and the new BlackBerry
7290™. BASE offers a choice of two BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™
- the BlackBerry 7730™ and the new BlackBerry 7290™. All handhelds
combine the capabilities of wireless email, data and phone in one
powerful and convenient device. Each BlackBerry handheld also features a
clear, high-resolution color screen and an integrated 'QWERTY' keyboard.
The BlackBerry 7230 and BlackBerry 7730 handhelds are tri-band
(900/1800/1900 MHz), and the BlackBerry 7290 is quad-band
(850/900/1800/1900 MHz) to support international roaming. The screen of
the BlackBerry 7730™ is larger to allow for optimized data viewing
capabilities while the BlackBerry 7230™ and BlackBerry 7290™ are
more compact handhelds. The BlackBerry 7290™ also includes
Bluetooth® support, 32 MB memory and a brighter backlight.

About KPN Royal Dutch Telecommunications

KPN offers high quality and innovative telecommunication services to
both consumers and businesses. KPN's core businesses are: fixed network
services in the Netherlands, mobile services in the Netherlands, Germany
(E-Plus), and Belgium (BASE) and data services in Western Europe.

At the end of the third quarter of 2004, KPN serviced a total of 7.6
million fixed line and 1.6 million Internet customers, and 16.4 million
mobile customers.

For more information about KPN visit www.kpn.com.

About BASE

BASE n.v./s.a. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KPN Mobile N.V., the
mobile division of Koninklijke KPN N.V. KPN provides mobile voice and
data services in Germany (E-Plus), Belgium (BASE) and Netherlands (KPN
and Hi). At the end of Q3 2004, BASE had 1,517,000 customers, with a
market share of more than 17%. BASE is the fastest growing gsm operator
in Belgium. The company, which has its headquarters in Brussels, targets
specific market sectors with tailor-made services.

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

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the
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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
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and product liability, risks related to international sales and
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outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism,
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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
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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    KPN
    Stephen Hufton
    Media Department
    +31 70 44 60143
    s.hufton@kpn.com
    or
    BASE
    Bart Vandesompele
    + 32 2 728 41 38 or GSM: + 32 485 200 201
    E-mail: bart.vandesompele@base.be
    or
    NEWSENGINE PR
    Sara Buytaert
    + 32 3 260 96 47
    + 32 3 237 23 25 (FAX)
    E-mail: sara.buytaert@newsenginepr.com
    or
    RIM Media Contact North America:
    Brodeur Worldwide for RIM
    Courtney Flaherty
    +1 (212) 771-3637
    cflaherty@brodeur.com
    or
    RIM Media Contact Europe:
    Hotwire PR for RIM
    +44 (0) 7967 500 964
    or
    Investor Contact:
    Research In Motion Investor Relations
    1 (519) 888-7465
    investor_relations@rim.com