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AIS and RIM launch the new EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700g in Thailand


Bangkok, Thailand and Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® 8700g™ in Thailand .

Operating on AIS’ EDGE Network, the Blackberry 8700g provides the ultimate balance of performance, design and function to provide a best-in-class solution for “push” email, phone, text messaging, browser, organizer and access to corporate data applications. The BlackBerry 8700g features a completely re-engineered device platform with an Intel® XScale® cellular processor, 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SDRAM to deliver dramatically faster web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing in an all-in-one stylish device.

“BlackBerry is a reliable, flexible and innovative mobile platform that meets the needs of mobile users in the dynamic business environment in Thailand,” said Mr. Sutichai Cheunchoosil Vice President Enterprise Business Development Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited. “The new BlackBerry 8700g takes full advantage of our high speed EDGE network to provide an exceptional voice, email and data experience.”

The quad-band and EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700g supports national and international roaming* and includes premium phone features such as dedicated ‘send,’ ‘end,’ and ‘mute’ phone keys, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, as well as speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for wireless hands-free handsets and car kits.

The BlackBerry 8700g also features a bright, high resolution, landscape QVGA (320x240) LCD display that supports more than 65,000 colors and delivers vivid graphics. The device includes an intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen and keyboard to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

“We are pleased to work with AIS to bring the BlackBerry 8700g to mobile customers in Thailand,” said Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “Leveraging the power of AIS’ EDGE network and the re-engineered BlackBerry device platform, the BlackBerry 8700g provides an unrivalled user experience for customers who want to remain connected and productive with both voice and data applications in a single device.”

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software 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, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

*check with AIS for roaming services

About AIS

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), a subsidiary of Shin Corporation PCL., is the established leader in Thailand’s wireless communications industry after more than 15 years of services with its subscribers based more than 16 millions and market share more than 50%.

To date, AIS service network covers 795 districts (amphur) throughout Thailand, plus international roaming across in six continents. Additionally, indoor coverage has been greatly expanded in both Bangkok and the provinces. AIS has continuously enhanced and expanded its network in order to respond to the market and technological advances, whilst keeping abreast of consumers’ growing demands and needs. It continues to integrate the latest in advanced technology and deliver more than just voice communication, with GPRS and EDGE technology.

AIS strongly believe that wireless communications bring changes to the way Thai people live their life, regardless of who they are and what they do. With endless communications possibilities, the quality of life is better. Visit our web site at

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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