Verizon Wireless Announces the Next Evolution In Global Connectivity: The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone and Global BlackBerry Service

First CDMA/GSM BlackBerry Smartphone, Coupled with Always-On Global E-Mail

and 24/7 Help Desk, Keeps Travelers Connected In More Than 60 Countries

Apr 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and WATERLOO, Ontario, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
 Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network,
 and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:   RIMM: TSX: RIM), a global leader in
 wireless innovation, today introduced the first Global CDMA/GSM
 BlackBerry(R). The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone will be
 available on May 14 through Verizon Wireless' business sales channels and
 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on May 28.
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     In addition, Verizon Wireless announced the May 14 availability of its
 new Global BlackBerry service, an "always-on, always connected" wireless
 e-mail solution that provides quick, easy access to e-mail, contacts,
 calendar, organizer and the Web while on-the-go. With the BlackBerry 8830
 World Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon
 Wireless, customers get wireless e-mail and the convenience of one local
 number for domestic and international use in Australia, Europe, parts of
 Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.
     Verizon Wireless' new Global BlackBerry service allows customers to
 place and receive voice calls from more than 150 countries and send and
 receive e- mails in the United States, Canada and more than 60 countries
 worldwide. With Global BlackBerry service, Verizon Wireless customers
 receive the Global Support Pack, which includes a SIM card, a user
 reference guide and details on accessing the Global Help Desk for 24-hour
 customer support, seven days a week. Customers also receive a calling card
 for free support calls while traveling outside of the U.S. from any
 landline phone to technical support if the BlackBerry 8830 is lost, broken
 or stolen.
     "The BlackBerry 8830 with Verizon Wireless' Global BlackBerry service
 will set a new standard for global wireless service," said Mike Lanman,
 vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. "Customers
 leave the U.S. with the ultimate productivity tool enhanced by a service
 and support package they won't find anywhere else in the industry. This is
 the gold standard for the international enterprise, and with its unique
 blend of form, function and value, we expect this device to quickly become
 our top selling BlackBerry for domestic use as well."
     "The BlackBerry 8830 is built on an exciting new device platform that
 combines CDMA and GSM/GPRS roaming support with the latest in industrial
 design and functional innovations," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-
 chief executive officer at Research In Motion. "This innovative and stylish
 smartphone includes all the benefits that users have come to love about the
 BlackBerry solution along with a compelling new global service from Verizon
     The BlackBerry 8830 provides an international option for enterprise
 customers of all Verizon Business groups. The Verizon branded companies
 offer customers a portfolio of wired and wireless solutions inclusive of
 the recently announced BroadbandAccess Router Service.
     Features and Pricing for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone
 and Global BlackBerry Service
     The new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone packs the latest
 features into a stylish global device and offers the following capabilities
 and features:
      - EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than
         60 countries
      - GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling
      - Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode
      - Thin form factor of just 14mm for both style and easy handling
      - New Trackball navigation system
      - Media player
      - Expandable memory option with microSD(TM) card (sold separately)
      - Speakerphone
      - Bluetooth(R) capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-free,
         dial-up networking and serial port
      - Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated
         Dialing (VAD)
      - Instant Messaging capabilities for quick and easy communication
     The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone will be available in May
 for $299.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An
 additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the device is available for
 customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of
     Customers signing up for Global BlackBerry service will get unlimited
 e- mail in the United States, Canada and more than 60 countries worldwide
 for $64.99 monthly access with a qualifying voice plan, or for $69.99
 monthly access without a voice plan. Customers can also add a "Pay As You
 Go" data feature to any qualifying voice plan for an additional $20 per
 Megabyte. Customers wanting to use the BlackBerry 8830 for e-mail solely in
 the U.S. may opt for an unlimited e-mail plan beginning at $49.99 monthly
     Customers may request more information on the BlackBerry 8830 World
 Edition smartphone and Global BlackBerry service from Verizon Wireless at For more information on BlackBerry devices
 from Verizon Wireless, visit Business
 customers should contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative
 directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and
 data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US
 wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues,
 Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000
 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon
 Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more
 information on the Web at To preview and request
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     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 e-mail, 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 more information,
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