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DoCoMo and RIM Announce Japanese Text Input Support for BlackBerry


Tokyo, Japan - NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (DoCoMo) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced Japanese-language text input support for the BlackBerry® 8707h smartphone, which is available in Japan via DoCoMo.

The addition of Japanese-language support for the BlackBerry 8707h will help satisfy customers who are interested in deploying BlackBerry smartphones in Japanese-language environments. Customers will be able to compose and read Japanese e-mails, browse Japanese websites and input Japanese text for personal information management (PIM) applications. A Japanese user interface will also be available.

The launch of Japanese-language support will also include the localization of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Desktop Manager. BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM®Lotus®Domino® and Microsoft® Exchange, and enables secure, push-based wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data, while BlackBerry Desktop Manager enables data synchronization between a BlackBerry smartphone and a PC.

The localized BlackBerry software is expected to be available beginning this summer and will be pre-loaded on the BlackBerry 8707h.

DoCoMo will accept advance orders of the BlackBerry 8707h with Japanese-language support beginning June 11, 2007. Details are available at the NTT DoCoMo Business Online corporate sales site (Japanese only).


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