BlackBerry 8700c Accelerates in Cingular Fast Lane

First EDGE-Enabled BlackBerry Handset Offered Exclusively On Largest, Fastest

National Wireless Data Network in U.S.

Nov 01, 2005, 00:00 ET from Cingular Wireless

    ATLANTA and WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry(R) is
 going high-speed as Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM)
 (Nasdaq:   RIMM) (TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry 8700c(TM), the first
 BlackBerry device to support high-speed EDGE network technology.  The new,
 sleek BlackBerry 8700c features a completely re-engineered device platform
 that is optimized for breakthrough performance and usability.  It will be
 available in the U.S. exclusively from Cingular Wireless beginning
 November 21.
     The EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700c is an eagerly anticipated addition to
 Cingular's popular BlackBerry portfolio that provides users with best-in-class
 performance for email, phone, browsing and corporate data applications in a
 lightweight, all-in-one device.  With the dramatically enhanced device
 platform and integrated EDGE capabilities, BlackBerry 8700c users will
 experience noticeably faster Web browsing, application performance and
 attachment viewing; the ability to store and run more powerful enterprise, and
 personal productivity applications; as well as comprehensive, smoothly
 integrated phone features in a light and compact design.
     The BlackBerry 8700c operates on Cingular's EDGE network -- the largest
 and fastest national wireless data network in the U.S. with availability in
 13,000 cities and towns and along nearly 40,000 miles of major highways.
 Customers can use the quad-band BlackBerry 8700c with Cingular service in more
 than 170 countries for voice and over 90 countries for data.  With the
 BlackBerry 8700c from Cingular, customers will have the choice of using two
 browsers: the BlackBerry Browser(TM) for HTML Internet browsing and a browser
 optimized for Cingular's popular MEdia(sm) Net wireless Internet access
     "The BlackBerry 8700c represents another innovative development in the
 close collaboration and long-standing relationship that Cingular has had with
 RIM while becoming the leading BlackBerry provider," said Kent Mathy,
 President of Cingular's business-to-business organization, the Business
 Markets Group.  "For over a decade, Cingular and RIM have worked together to
 provide companies with a point-of-entry into the world of wireless data.  Now
 these customers want to do even more wirelessly and the EDGE-enabled
 BlackBerry 8700c from Cingular Wireless is the perfect tool to deliver an
 outstanding data and voice experience, while extending even more critical
 business processes into mobile environments."
     "The new BlackBerry 8700c provides the ultimate balance of performance,
 design and function. When you combine our newly optimized BlackBerry platform
 with Intel's powerful processor and Cingular's high-speed EDGE network, you
 get impressive results," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research
 In Motion. "Early customer reactions confirm our confidence in this product.
 The handset looks and feels great. The phone is excellent. The screen is
 striking. The performance is exceptional. Put simply - the BlackBerry 8700c is
 another winner from RIM and Cingular."
     Unrivaled email and browsing performance
     Operating on Cingular's high speed wireless network and featuring an
 enhanced BlackBerry device platform, a powerful Intel(R) processor, 64 MB
 flash memory and 16 MB SRAM, the BlackBerry 8700c delivers a dynamic, highly
 responsive, Cingular-exclusive user experience for browsing the Web, running
 applications and viewing email attachments and graphics.  In addition, the
 device provides exceptional resolution and ample workspace for viewing email,
 web pages, applications and other information. The BlackBerry 8700c also
 features a backlit, ergonomic, full QWERTY keyboard that allows for quick,
 comfortable and accurate message typing and data entry.
     Smoothly Integrated Phone Features
     The stylish BlackBerry 8700c from Cingular Wireless provides customers
 with an outstanding converged voice and data experience. The handset is light,
 comfortable and well designed to allow loud and clear phone calls. It blends
 high-end phone features including quad-band GPRS/GSM and EDGE network support;
 "send," "end" and "mute" phone keys; and other intuitive call management
 features including smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call
 forwarding.  It also delivers Bluetooth(R) support to ensure wide
 compatibility with hands-free accessories and car kits, as well as a built-in
 speakerphone for conference calls and hands-free use.
     Brilliant LCD with Auto-Sensing Technology
     The BlackBerry 8700c features a bright, high-resolution, landscape QVGA
 (320x240) LCD.  The display supports over 65,000 colors and utilizes active
 matrix transmissive technology to deliver vivid graphics. The display also
 incorporates intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts
 both the LCD and keyboard lighting to provide an optimized view in outdoor,
 indoor and dark environments.
     Intel Processor
     The BlackBerry 8700c utilizes the Intel XScale(R) architecture and the
 Intel PXA901 cellular processor (codenamed "Hermon") to enable exceptional
 EDGE communications capabilities, as well as industry-leading application
 performance, without compromising battery life requirements.  The Intel XScale
 architecture provides users of the BlackBerry 8700c with the increased
 processing power needed to enjoy a rich user experience while running a
 variety of applications.
     "Cingular is a pioneer in driving new devices, new services and new
 features into the mobile market and RIM is the company that made mobile email
 real and tremendously compelling," said Sean Maloney, Executive Vice President
 and General Manager of Intel's Mobility Group. "BlackBerry has now become a
 cultural icon. Using Intel's XScale-based communications processor technology,
 the new BlackBerry 8700c from Cingular Wireless adds to this heritage by
 delivering a leap forward in performance, all in an incredibly sleek and
 compact design."
     BlackBerry and Cingular - For Both Enterprises and Individuals
     Another important and distinguishing feature of the BlackBerry 8700c is
 the proven and popular BlackBerry platform, which provides individuals and
 companies of all sizes with the necessary architecture and infrastructure to
 provide a superb "push" email experience and a solid foundation for other
 mobile data applications.
     For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly
 integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell
 GroupWise(R) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure,
 push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data. Enterprise
 customers also can take advantage of BlackBerry MDS(TM) to enable secure,
 wireless access to other back-office applications.
     For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service(TM)
 allows users to support up to 10 corporate and personal email accounts from a
 single device.  These include Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most
 popular ISP email accounts.
     Pricing and Availability
     The new EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700c will be available only through
 Cingular beginning November 21 in retail stores, via, and
 through Cingular's B2B sales organization and authorized Cingular dealers.
 The BlackBerry 8700c is available for as low as $299.99 with a two-year
 contract and mail-in rebate.  BlackBerry monthly data plans - with a qualified
 voice plan - are $34.99 for 4 MB of data, $44.99 for unlimited domestic data
 service and $64.99 for unlimited domestic and international data usage.
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     Note to Editors:  Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion will be holding
 an audiocast regarding this announcement today at 11:30 a.m. ET, which can be
 accessed at the following URL:  This audiocast will be
 available for replay for 90 days.
     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(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) 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
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     About Cingular Wireless
     Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States,
 serving 52.3 million customers.  Cingular, a joint venture between SBC
 Communications Inc. (NYSE:   SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:   BLS), has the
 largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(SM)
 network - and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless
 carrier.  Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the
 wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details
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