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Vodafone Italia and RIM Launch the First UMTS-enabled BlackBerry In Italy


The BlackBerry 8707v allows simultaneous access to voice and data

Milan, Italy and Waterloo, ON - Vodafone Italia and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® 8707v™ in Italy. The BlackBerry 8707v brings the popular and proven BlackBerry wireless platform to the Vodafone UMTS network, bringing corporate business and individual users the connectivity that they require in a stylish, contemporary design.

Using the Vodafone UMTS network, BlackBerry 8707v customers can simultaneously speak on the phone while sending and receiving email, browsing the Internet or using other mobile data applications. The BlackBerry 8707v can also be used as a tethered modem to connect users to the Internet from their laptop.

The BlackBerry 8707v operates on 2100 MHz UMTS networks and also includes quad-band support on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks. The device features 64 MB flash memory and supports attachment viewing of popular file formats including JPEG, BMP, TIFF, Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint®, Corel® WordPerfect® and Adobe® PDF. Its high resolution QVGA (320x240) LCD display supports more than 65,000 colors and it incorporates intelligent light sensing technology automatically that adjusts the display and keyboard brightness to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

The BlackBerry 8707v features a built-in speakerphone and Bluetooth® support, dedicated “send,” “end” and “mute” keys, as well as intuitive call management features (such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial and call forwarding).

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.

About Vodafone Italia

Vodafone Italia is part of the Vodafone Group, the world leader in the mobile telecommunications sector, operating in 27 countries, with Network partnership in other 27 countries. Vodafone Italia was Italy’s first private mobile telephony operator. Since it was established in 1995 it has stood out for its innovative approach to services and communications.

At the end of December 2005, Vodafone Italia had over 23.6 million customers, and more than 3.2 Vodafone live! customers. The company has about 10,000 employees, 8 operational call centres around the country and over 2,000 outlets. Vodafone Italy has international roaming agreements with 426 operators in 223 countries. In February 2004 Vodafone Italia launched its UMTS network, offering data transmission to business customers and consumers, whilst May 2004 witnessed the rollout of UMTS services on handsets. As of March 2005, UMTS coverage had been extended to 70% of the population. Vodafone’s WI-FI service extends and complements its existing GPRS and UMTS data network, which serves over a thousand hot spots around the country, including major airports and exhibition and conference centres.

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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