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May 29, 2006 11:00 ET

Vodafone Germany and RIM Introduce the UMTS-Enabled BlackBerry 8707v In Germany


The BlackBerry 8707v offers enhanced connectivity as a tethered modem

Vodafone Germany and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® 8707v™ for corporate and individual users in Germany.

In addition to supporting email, phone, text messaging, browser, organizer and corporate data applications, the UMTS-enabled BlackBerry 8707v can be used as a wireless modem to enable mobile users to access the Internet from their laptop. In addition, UMTS support enables users to simultaneously send and receive email, browse the Internet and use other applications while speaking on the phone, even while the handset is being used as a tethered modem.

"The BlackBerry 8707v elegantly integrates advanced hardware and software technologies in a stylish and lightweight handset that supports UMTS networks and Vodafone Germany already offers UMTS support in 1800 German cities," said Hartmut Kremling, CTO of Vodafone Germany. "The BlackBerry 8707v is the perfect choice for business professionals looking for uncompromised email, browsing and voice performance in an all-in-one device. With the ability to use the handset as a modem for laptops, the BlackBerry 8707v also offers users another great way to stay connected."

"In today's demanding business environment, timely access to information drives competitive advantage," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. "The benefits of mobile connectivity are significant and will enable mobile professionals to make faster, more reliable and ultimately more successful business decisions."

The BlackBerry 8707v operates on 2100 MHz UMTS networks and also includes quad-band support on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks. It features 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SDRAM. The bright, high-resolution color landscape QVGA (320 x 240) LCD screen delivers vivid graphics and provides ample workspace to view email, web pages, applications and other information. Intelligent light sensing technology automatically optimizes screen and keyboard lighting levels for indoor and outdoor viewing. Users can also easily view popular attachment formats including JPEG, BMP, TIFF, Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint®, Corel® WordPerfect® and Adobe® PDF.

The BlackBerry 8707v also features an ergonomic, full QWERTY keyboard to enable rapid and accurate thumb typing and includes dedicated "send," "end," "mute" and "power" keys. A built-in speakerphone enables hands-free conversation and convenient conference calls. The device can also be used with a wireless headset or car kit via Bluetooth®.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell GroupWise®, 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™ enables users to manage up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

The device is expected to be available from Vodafone Germany shortly.

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