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Smart Communications, Inc.

October 28, 2005 03:00 ET

SMART Introduces BlackBerry Connect in the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART), together with Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ for new and existing users of the Nokia 9500 Communicator, Nokia 9300 smartphone and Sony Ericsson P910i in the Philippines.

The introduction of BlackBerry Connect significantly expands SMART's portfolio of BlackBerry products which currently includes the BlackBerry 7100g™, BlackBerry 7290™ and BlackBerry 6720™.

With BlackBerry Connect, customers can enjoy the advantages of BlackBerry services with support for features such as push-based wireless email, wireless email synchronization and attachment viewing on the Nokia and Sony Ericsson devices. Wireless calendar synchronization, remote address lookup, Triple DES encryption, IT commands and policy enforcement are additional features supported with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™.

"We are very pleased to be working with SMART to offer BlackBerry Connect in the Philippines," said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry Connect enables powerful wireless email features for mobile users while also allowing IT departments to maintain the security, manageability and reliability of the BlackBerry architecture."

SMART President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said that the extension of BlackBerry services to a wider range of handsets gives mobile phone users more choice.

"We are proud to be RIM's partner in making BlackBerry services available to more of our customers who need a wireless extension of their existing work and personal email accounts. SMART's goal is to make wireless connectivity work for more people," he said.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM® Lotus® Domino®. For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access multiple personal and/or corporate email accounts (including many popular ISP email accounts as well as Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino accounts) from a single device.

About Smart Communications, Inc.

SMART is the Philippine's leading wireless services provider with over 20.8 million users as of end-June 2005. Of the total subscriber base served, over 15.8 million are under the brands SMART Gold, SMART Buddy, addict mobile, addict mobile prepaid, SMART Infinity, SMART Kid, SMART Kid Prepaid and SMART ACeS. The remaining 5 million subscribers are serviced through a service agreement with mobile subsidiary Pilipino Telephone Corp. (Piltel) under the GSM brand Talk 'N Text. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the largest Philippines telecommunications carrier, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

SMART is recognized for introducing innovative, world-first wireless data and mobile commerce services such as Smart Money, Smart Load and Smart Padala.

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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