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October 17, 2006 04:00 ET

Orange And RIM Introduce BlackBerry In Slovakia

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Orange Slovensko and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today launched BlackBerry® in Slovakia. The BlackBerry solution allows both individual and business customers to stay connected to people and information while on the move.

BlackBerry enables wireless access to email, phone, Internet, text messaging, organizer and corporate data applications from a single device with advanced security features and exceptional ease-of-use. Orange Slovensko is now offering the BlackBerry® 8700f, a powerful quad-band handset that operates on the Orange Slovensko GSM/GPRS/EDGE network and delivers fast performance for web browsing and other mobile applications.

The BlackBerry 8700f includes a full QWERTY keyboard that allows fast, easy and accurate typing and dialing. In addition, it provides a bright, high resolution LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colors and delivers vivid graphics. The BlackBerry 8700f incorporates an intelligent light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting to optimize viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments. It also includes premium phone features such as dedicated phone keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with car kits and wireless headsets.

BlackBerry is popular with businesses worldwide and the industry-leading security architecture and features of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution allow enterprise users to confidently access corporate information on the go.

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 allows users to manage up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

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.

About Orange

Orange is a key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with 147 million customers on five continents.

In June, 2006, as part of the France Telecom Group integrated operator strategy (NExT programme) to deliver simple, convergent products, Orange became the single brand for mobile, broadband and multiplay offers in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, strengthening Orange's position as the number two mobile and internet services brand in Europe. In addition, Orange Business Services became the new banner for business communications solutions and services. Orange Business Services is present in 166 countries and territories and serves customers in 220.

The France Telecom Group has 23 mobile and nine internet operations across the world. At March 31, 2006, the group had 86.5 million mobile customers, and 11.9 million internet customers.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited. Further information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.com.

About the company Orange Slovensko

Orange Slovensko is the biggest telecommunication operator in Slovakia. Its signal covers 99.3% of the population and 86.8% of the territory of the Slovak Republic. Towards December 31, 2005, the company Orange Slovensko achieved the turnover of SKK 21 444 mil, which represents the annual increase of 11.6%. On December 31, 2005, Orange Slovensko had 2 518 630 active customers. Orange is also the leading provider of mobile telecommunication services for the business customers. 69% of Slovak companies use mobile telecommunication services of Orange Slovakia. Approximately 64% of companies state that the company Orange Slovensko is their main provider of telecommunication services. (source: T/Audit, TNS Aisa, August 2006). Orange Slovensko was the first provider of communication services based on GPRS technology in Slovakia and provides services of mobile data communication via EDGE technology with the best coverage which at present reaches more then 79,2 % of the Slovak population. At the same time, it operates the third generation mobile network at UMTS standard with the best coverage - 43,2 % of the population. Orange Slovensko is the only provider of localisation services based on GSM technology in Slovakia. The quality of services of Orange Slovensko fulfils the criteria of the certificate ISO 9001:2000 according to the international quality standard. Independent auditors confirm that Orange Slovensko has established the management system that guarantees quality, stable and consistent providing of services for its customers. The company Orange Slovensko is the holder of the environmental management certificate according to the standard ISO 14001:2004. 100% of Orange Slovensko shares is owned by the company Orange S.A., the owner of which is the company France Telecom. At present, Orange Slovensko has more than 270 roaming partners in more than 146 countries worldwide. In 2003, the Orange Slovensko was awarded a prestigious title the Company of the Year 2003 by the renowned economic weekly Trend as the first Slovak company in the sphere of services. Information about the company Orange Slovensko can be found on the website www.orange.sk.

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