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January 12, 2005 05:00 ET

O2 And Research In Motion Introduce The BlackBerry 7100x





JANUARY 12, 2005 - 05:00 ET

O2 And Research In Motion Introduce The BlackBerry

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 12, 2005) - O2 and Research In
Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) are pleased to announce the latest
addition to O2's portfolio of BlackBerry® products with the
introduction of the new BlackBerry 7100x™. The BlackBerry 7100x is
expected to be available in the United Kingdom in January 2005.

The BlackBerry 7100x, developed and manufactured by Research In Motion
(RIM), is an innovative mobile device that extends the current data
choices available to O2 customers, delivering the power of BlackBerry
functionality within a sleek and stylish mobile phone design. The new
design is aimed at active mobile professionals who need to manage their
work wherever they are (nationally or internationally(a)), as well as
keep in touch with family and friends, all through one device.

The BlackBerry 7100x features all the popular BlackBerry applications
including advanced phone, messaging, organizer and browsing
capabilities. In addition to a large and bright, high-resolution color
screen, the BlackBerry 7100x incorporates an integrated speakerphone
that is ideal for conference calls, Bluetooth® support for wireless
headsets and car-kits and a quad-band radio for international roaming.
It also features a sophisticated piano-black casing with 32MB flash
memory, 4MB SRAM and polyphonic ring tone support.

The BlackBerry 7100x integrates the latest BlackBerry browsing
technology providing users with access to a wide range of rich
HTML-based Internet content in full and vibrant color.

The BlackBerry 7100x features RIM's breakthrough SureType™ keyboard
technology that converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit
elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional 'candy bar' phone

The integrated keyboard and software system provides users with an
instinctively familiar look and feel and allows users to dial phone
numbers and type messages quickly, accurately and comfortably. Removing
the need for the traditional multi-tap phone approach, SureType
fundamentally changes the way people think about typing on mobile phones.

The BlackBerry 7100x and SureType support various languages including
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Swedish.

"We are very pleased to add the BlackBerry 7100x to our range of O2
mobile devices," said Hugh Griffiths, Head of Mobile Data Products and
Services, O2. "It's clear that this device will attract a whole new
audience to the BlackBerry platform and demonstrates the very latest
technology for both new and established users alike."

"The unique functionality of this all-in-one device can cover a
multitude of business and personal functions. By combining exceptional
phone, email, messaging and browsing capabilities with an extremely
effective keyboard and a large, vibrant, color screen, this device is
ideal for customers that prefer the look and feel of a phone but want to
extend the use of their handset to include email, web browsing and
messaging services," concludes Griffiths.

"The BlackBerry 7100x is a significant breakthrough for customers that
want advanced phone, messaging and data capabilities in a sleek new
design," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at RIM.
"The new SureType keyboard technology is an amazing innovation that
offers a significant improvement over traditional phone keypads and the
BlackBerry 7100x is a very attractive choice for customers looking to
upgrade their existing phone."

The BlackBerry 7100x weighs 120g and has a battery life (using the
standard battery) of over four hours talk time and over eight days
standby. A hands-free earpiece, USB cable and standard holster are
included. Additional accessories such as holsters and car chargers will
also be available and the BlackBerry 7100x supports Bluetooth headset
and car-kit profiles.

For individuals, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to
integrate their new BlackBerry handset with up to ten business or
personal Internet-based email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange,
IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) without the need
for a special server or IT support. It takes just a few steps by the
user to get up and running.

For corporate users, the BlackBerry 7100x can connect to BlackBerry
Enterprise Server™, supporting secure, wireless email, calendar
appointments and other corporate data. The BlackBerry 7100x supports the
full functionality of the recently introduced BlackBerry Enterprise
Server v4.0.

The BlackBerry 7100x will be available in the UK from all O2 retail
stores and direct and indirect business channels, as well as other
leading distributors.

(a) Subject to network agreements and international restrictions

Note to Editors: To download images of the new BlackBerry 7100x, please

About O2 UK

O2 is a leading provider of mobile services to consumers and businesses
in the UK. It is the leader in non-voice services, including text, media
messaging, games, music and video, as well as always on data connections
via GPRS, 3G and WLAN. Each month O2's nearly 13.9 million customers
send more than three quarters of a billion text messages. O2 (UK) is a
subsidiary of mmo2 plc which also owns O2 branded mobile operators in
Ireland and Germany as well as the O2 Airwave emergency services network
in the UK.

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 or

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