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September 13, 2005 01:00 ET

Optus Launches Sony Ericsson P910i with BlackBerry Connect

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) - Optus, Sony Ericsson and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the availability of the new P910i smartphone with BlackBerry(B) Connect™ in Australia. The P910i smartphone provides consumers with advanced voice and data capabilities and the latest in telephony convergence.

"With the new offer, consumers can enjoy a range of Optus' services on the easy-to-use P910i device. These services include an expansive mobile network, easy broadband internet usage and interactive content with the Optus Zoo portal," said Chris Lane, Group Director Products and Delivery, Optus Consumer. "Our agreement with Sony Ericsson and RIM has placed Optus consumers at the forefront of technology. The new offer is part of our commitment to provide our customers with simple and effective product solutions."

Antal Keur, Product Marketing Manager for Sony Ericsson Australia, said, "Sony Ericsson is delighted to add BlackBerry Connect to the networking solutions available for the P910i. The P910i is a multi-faceted device which offers productivity, entertainment and communications. Our agreement with Optus and RIM will give consumers access to a proven, market-leading mobile email and data solution."

"Through our BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Optus customers can now benefit from the performance and security features of the BlackBerry platform on the P910i,"said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. "We are pleased to work with Optus and Sony Ericsson to offer Australians a wider choice of BlackBerry solutions."

The Sony Ericsson P910i is a high-quality communications tool for voice calls, text and picture messaging, and e-mail. It includes special features such as a touch screen, flip-down phone and QWERTY keypad, MP3 music player, camera capable of recording video and still images, and 64MB of internal memory, expandable to 1GB using Memory Stick™ Pro Duo.

By converging multiple technologies into a simple and sophisticated product, Optus is offering both businesses and consumers the freedom to communicate throughout the extensive Optus GSM network.

Through BlackBerry Connect, corporate customers can access their BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, which 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 data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users of the P910i with BlackBerry Connect to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts).

For more information on this offer, visit www.optus.com.au/blackberry

About Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with head quarters in London, the company employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. For more information, please visit www.SonyEricsson.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.

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