Research In Motion

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC

May 04, 2005 03:00 ET

MTS and Research In Motion to Offer BlackBerry in Russia


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: RESEARCH IN MOTION

NASDAQ SYMBOL: RIMM
TSX SYMBOL: RIM



AND MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC

NYSE SYMBOL: MBT

MAY 4, 2005 - 03:00 ET

MTS and Research In Motion to Offer BlackBerry in
Russia

MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 4,
2005) - Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS")(NYSE:MBT), the largest mobile
phone operator in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today
announced plans to offer BlackBerry®, a leading wireless platform, to
mobile customers in Russia.

BlackBerry is a popular and proven wireless solution for both individual
and corporate customers. BlackBerry will enable MTS subscribers to
easily access e-mail, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and
corporate data applications from a single, integrated device. By using
BlackBerry to access corporate applications, MTS customers will be able
to increase productivity and efficiency for individuals and workgroups.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ tightly
integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino™ and
Novell GroupWise™ enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based,
wireless access to e-mail 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.

BlackBerry is now available on wireless networks around the world with
over 2.5 million subscribers using BlackBerry services today.

BlackBerry will operate on MTS' GSM/GPRS network in Russia with
international roaming supported in the countries where MTS has GPRS
roaming agreements.(a)

About Mobile TeleSystems

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the largest mobile phone operator in
Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company services
over 38.7 million subscribers. The regions of Russia, as well as
Belarus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, in which MTS and its subsidiaries are
licensed to provide GSM services, have a total population of
approximately 225.8 million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have
been listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol MBT.
Additional information about MTS can be found on MTS' website at
www.mtsgsm.com.

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.

(a) Check with MTS for roaming services.

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.

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or
other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future
financial performance of MTS, as defined in the safe harbor provisions
of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can
identify forward looking statements by terms such as "expect,"
"believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "will," "could," "may" or
"might," and the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. We
wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that
actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to
update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring
after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated
events. We refer you to the documents MTS files from time to time with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the Company's
most recent Form 20-F/A. These documents contain and identify important
factors, including those contained in the section captioned "Risk
Factors" that could cause the actual results to differ materially from
those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements,
including, among others, potential fluctuations in quarterly results,
our competitive environment, dependence on new service development and
tariff structures, rapid technological and market change, acquisition
strategy, risks associated with telecommunications infrastructure, risks
associated with operating in Russia, volatility of stock price,
financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Media Contacts:
    Mobile TeleSystems, Moscow
    Pavel Nefedov, Public Relations
    +7 095 911 6553
    pr@mts.ru
    or
    Research In Motion
    Hotwire PR for RIM
    +44 207 608 2500
    or
    Katie Lee
    RIM, Asia Pacific
    + 852 6277 6841
    kalee@rim.com
    or
    Courtney Flaherty
    Brodeur for RIM
    +1 212.771.3637
    cflaherty@brodeur.com
    or
    Investor Contact:
    RIM Investor Relations
    +1 519.888.7465
    investor_relations@rim.com