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AIS and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Thailand


The thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone yet

Bangkok, Thailand - AIS and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX RIM), today introduced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone in Thailand. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone and it offers an expansive feature-set in a compact and refined design that looks, feels and works great.

The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone sports a chrome frame with a stylish black finish. Packed within its sleek design are a wide range of powerful communications and multimedia capabilities. It also features an easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard and a large, brilliant display. Weighing just 110 grams and measuring 109 x 60 x 13.5 mm, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 fits comfortably in the hand for either one-handed or two-handed use. In addition to its advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, it features built-in GPS to support location-based applications and services. It also allows easy access to social networking sites and has built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), making it easier to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues.

This power-packed smartphone includes a large, brilliant HVGA+ (480x360 resolution) display – the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone – as well as a 512MHz next generation processor for fast and responsive performance. Its advanced multimedia capabilities include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization, digital zoom, flash and the ability to record video*, as well as a rich media player, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and stereo headset. It also comes with a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot with support for memory cards of up to 16GB per card, giving customers plenty of storage to carry and capture more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go.

“We believe the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be popular with young trend-setting consumers and savvy business customers alike. Our findings show that BlackBerry smartphones have become the fastest growing tool for IM (instant messaging) and social networking in Thailand,“ said Yip Hon Mun, Vice President & Head of Corporate Business, AIS.

“We are pleased to work with AIS to offer this impressive new BlackBerry smartphone to customers in Thailand. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 offers an exceptional mobile experience for both business and lifestyle needs,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available from AIS in Thailand in March 2009 at 25,500 Baht .

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* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.


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