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September 23, 2005 03:30 ET

Vodacom Launches BlackBerry Built-In and BlackBerry Connect in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 23, 2005) - Vodacom, South Africa's leading cellular network, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ for the Motorola MPx220 and the Sony Ericsson P910i, as well as BlackBerry® Built-In™ for the Siemens SK65, for the first time in South Africa. BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In enable users of the Motorola MPx220, Sony Ericsson P910i and Siemens SK65 to benefit from popular BlackBerry services operating on the Vodacom network.

Asked about this new development, Pieter Uys, Vodacom Chief Operating Officer said: "BlackBerry is proving to be a very popular service with Vodacom customers and we are excited to offer our customers the latest device choices. By combining state-of-the-art devices such as the Motorola MPx220, Sony Ericsson P910i, and Siemens SK65 with BlackBerry services, Vodacom South Africa is expanding upon its BlackBerry portfolio, providing our customers with additional choice. Vodacom is proud to offer the popular BlackBerry services on a wide range of devices and will continue to lead the telecommunications industry in South Africa by providing the latest wireless communication solutions for everyone."

Vodacom was first to market with BlackBerry® in South Africa in February 2005 offering the BlackBerry 7290™ and BlackBerry 7100v™ devices, as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ and BlackBerry Internet Service™. With the addition of BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In, Vodacom customers can benefit from the proven, secure BlackBerry architecture while enjoying the robust features of the Sony Ericsson P910i, Motorola MPx220 and Siemens SK65.

"With more than three million BlackBerry subscribers today, BlackBerry continues to grow in popularity around the world. We are very pleased to work with Vodacom South Africa to deliver push-based BlackBerry services for a broader range of mobile devices," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.

Vodacom's Chief Operating Officer, Pieter Uys added: "Vodacom, through our alliance with Vodafone, is able to be ahead of the game in bringing first-class wireless communications technologies to South Africa. Once again, with BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Built-In, Vodacom demonstrates its leadership position in the South African market, giving Vodacom customers the freedom of choice to be able to link to a world beyond borders."

About Vodacom

Vodacom (Pty) Ltd is a pan-African cellular communications company, operating in the ICT sector, providing world-class GSM/GPRS services to millions of customers in South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Vodacom's South African operations also offer UMTS or 3G services to its customers. Vodacom offers contract, prepaid, data and value-added voice and data services to the consumer, business and WASP (Wireless Application Service Provider) markets. With a customer base of 17.2million subscribers, market share of 57% and turn-over of R27.3billion as at March 2005, Vodacom is the leading cellular network in South Africa. For more information: www.vodacom.co.za.

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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