SOURCE: Digicel

December 18, 2006 08:30 ET

Digicel First in the Caribbean to Launch BlackBerry Connect for the Sony Ericsson P990

KINGSTON, JAMAICA and WATERLOO, ON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 -- Digicel, the largest GSM operator in the Caribbean, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM) today introduced BlackBerry® Connect™ for the Sony Ericsson P990 to customers in nine Caribbean markets.

The Sony Ericsson P990 with BlackBerry Connect allows customers to choose and enjoy the phone's comprehensive features and stylish design together with RIM's popular BlackBerry services. Supported BlackBerry features include push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing through BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service. Additional features supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server include:

--  wireless calendar synchronization;
--  remote look-up of corporate email addresses;
--  Triple DES encryption; and
--  IT policy enforcement and commands (such as remotely disabling or
    wiping data from a device in the event it is lost or stolen).
According to Marketing Director for Digicel Group, Ben Atherton: "As the Caribbean's fastest growing mobile provider, Digicel is proud to be the first to introduce BlackBerry Connect for the Sony Ericsson P990 to the region. The stylish and feature-rich P990 phone, together with BlackBerry Connect, offers customers a powerful wireless solution."

BlackBerry Connect for the Sony Ericsson P990 is available immediately from Digicel in Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, as well as Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos; with plans to expand the offering across all of Digicel's 22 markets.

"More and more people are recognizing and embracing the personal and professional benefits of wireless email and we are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with Digicel to extend BlackBerry services to a wider range of customers in the Caribbean market," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing 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 personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

About Digicel

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. After five years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in 22 markets including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, El Salvador Trinidad & Tobago & Turks & Caicos. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup, which involves over 30 Caribbean countries and is an important qualifier towards the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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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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