O2 and RIM launch the new BlackBerry 8700g Wireless Handheld

·         New powerful Intel processor ·         Faster Internet browsing and access to applications ·         64MB flash memory plus 16 MB SRAM ·         Slim, lightweight design ·         Enhanced phone functionality   London, UK and Waterloo, Canada – 1st February 2006: O2 and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the new BlackBerry 8700g™ in the United Kingdom, adding further to O2’s existing portfolio of BlackBerry® devices.    The sleek, stylish device combines faster browsing and application performance with an enhanced screen and dedicated “send”, “end” and “mute” keys for voice calls, making it the ideal all-in-one device for mobile professionals.   In addition, the BlackBerry 8700g includes 64 MB flash memory plus 16 MB SRAM, making it ideal for professionals who require the ability to retrieve working documents and access wireless corporate applications whilst away from the office.   With its new slim and compact design – weighing just 134 grams – the BlackBerry 8700g is the epitome of style for mobile voice and data users.  In addition to a full 35 key QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry 8700g features a bright, high resolution screen that supports more than 65,000 colours to deliver vivid graphics and also incorporates a light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keyboard lighting levels to provide optimised use in indoor, outdoor and dark environments.   For international users, the BlackBerry 8700g offers quad-band functionality, supported by a battery life of up to 16 days standby and 4 hours talk time, for making all those important calls. The BlackBerry 8700g also features Bluetooth® support allowing integration with premium car kit address book displays and hands-free headsets.   “The BlackBerry 8700g is a great addition to the range of popular BlackBerry devices already available through O2. The enhanced features of this all-in-one device will appeal to both the business and individual user,” said Russ Shaw, Marketing Director, O2. “Providing users with all the capabilities needed to work efficiently when out of the office, the BlackBerry 8700g offers enhanced features to provide customers with a premium, fully integrated device for increased efficiency in 2006.”   “The BlackBerry 8700g is a breakthrough handset for customers that want email, phone and data applications in a single device,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “Together with O2, we are providing mobile customers in the UK with an optimised and exceptional user experience that blends performance, design and function.”   For corporate customers, O2 offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software, which 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, O2 offers BlackBerry Internet Service™ allowing users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.   Available now from all O2 UK retail stores, the BlackBerry 8700g will be on sale at various prices starting from free, depending on the tariff. The BlackBerry 8700g will also be available in the UK from all direct and indirect business channels as well as other leading distributors.