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Optus unveils new BlackBerry 7130g and upgraded BlackBerry Internet Service


Sydney, Australia and Waterloo, ON - Optus and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® 7130g™,a sleek and stylish BlackBerry device in a traditional phone form factor, and announced enhancements to Optus’ offering of the BlackBerry Internet Service™in Australia.

Combining the power of the BlackBerry “push”-based architecture with robust features, thenewBlackBerry 7130g is the ideal choice for mobile professionals looking for an exceptional voice, email and web browsing experience.

Available through Optus distribution channels at the end of June, the BlackBerry 7130g features an optimized device platform with an Intel® processorand64 MB of flash memory. The new handset gives users a fast and responsive experience when browsing the web or running mobile applications.

Stuart Tucker, Marketing Director Optus Small & Medium Business (SMB), said: “We are confident that our Optus customers will be impressed by the new BlackBerry 7130g and we look forward to providing them with this powerful, all-in-one mobile solution.

“Optus prides itself on offering its customers with solutions that enhance the way they conduct their business. This new BlackBerry handset allows them to work when they want, where they want – promoting flexibility in managing multiple tasks with easy-to-use applications for greater productivity,” Mr Tucker said.

The BlackBerry 7130g features a high-resolution color LCD screen and includes intelligent light sensing technology which automatically optimizes screen and keyboard lighting levels for viewing in indoor, outdoor and dark environments.

The handset incorporates RIM’s SureType™ keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with a familiar QWERTY keyboard to enable a narrower design.

Operating on Optus’ GPRS national network, the new quad-band BlackBerry 7130galso features a speakerphone, dedicated ’send’, ’end’ and ’mute’ phone keys, and supports MP3 ringtones, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, and Bluetooth® for wireless hands-free accessories and car kits.

“The BlackBerry 7130g is a powerful yet easy-to-use solution for individuals, small businesses and corporate customers who want timely access to information and communications at their fingertips,” said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “We are very pleased to work with Optus to introduce such a comprehensive and exciting offering.”

The launch of BlackBerry 7130g accompanies the introduction of a major upgrade of the BlackBerry Internet Service offering for individuals and small businesses.

The latest offering of BlackBerry Internet Service, which allows users to access up to 10 corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device, provides users with enhanced wireless synchronization of read, sent and deleted items from the user’s BlackBerry handset to their email account.

With the enhanced BlackBerry Internet Service, adding new email accounts is even quicker and easier, and users can select unique “sent from” addresses, auto-signatures, filters and friendly names.

In addition, BlackBerry Internet Service supports the viewing of popular email attachment formats including JPEG, BMP, TIFF, Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint Corel™ WordPerfect and Adobe® PDF.

For BlackBerry customers, wireless access to email is only the beginning of the platform’s capability. A large and growing ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) has developed a variety of applications for BlackBerry in areas including entertainment, games, ringtones and personalization. In addition, for corporate customers with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™, third parties mobile business solutions are available for sales force automation, field service automation, network and systems management and much more.

About Optus

Optus is an Australian leader in integrated telecommunications, delivering cutting-edge communications, information technology and entertainment services to more than six million customers each day. In 2001 SingTel became the parent company of Optus, paving the way to become a strong and strategic telecommunications player within the Asia-Pacific region.

Optus distribution channels include: Optus World Stores, Optus Business Direct and a number of key partners including Gap Telecommunications, TeleTalk and Convergency Group.

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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