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KPN and RIM launch BlackBerry 8700g in the Netherlands


Enhanced performance matched by new sleek design

Amsterdam, Netherlands and Waterloo, Canada - KPN and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® 8700g™ for corporate and individual mobile customers in the Netherlands.

The new sleek and lightweight design of the BlackBerry 8700g features an Intel® XScale® cellular processor, and provides exceptional performance for email, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications. With 64 MB flash memory, 16 MB SDRAM and a completely re-engineered device platform, the BlackBerry 8700g offers faster web browsing, attachment viewing and application performance, as well as larger application and data storage.

“The combination of an entirely redesigned BlackBerry device platform and Intel processor means that we can provide our customers with even faster, more powerful and compelling BlackBerry solutions,” said Albert Vergeer, Business Market Manager for KPN Mobile, The Netherlands. “We are delighted to work with RIM to offer the BlackBerry 8700g to our customers, providing an unrivalled data and voice experience to keep them connected to colleagues, business partners, family and friends, while on the go.”

“Our partnership with KPN to make the BlackBerry 8700g available in the Netherlands represents an important milestone for us,” said Charmaine Eggberry, Vice President, Enterprise Business Unit, Europe, Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry 8700g was engineered to provide the ultimate balance of performance, design and function and we are delighted that KPN’s corporate and individual users will now be able to experience the benefits of this innovative new device.”

In addition to leading wireless email and data features, the quad-band BlackBerry 8700g incorporates 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 hands-free use with car kits and headsets.

The BlackBerry 8700g features a bright, landscape QVGA (320 x 240) LCD screen that supports more than 65,000 colors and uses active matrix transmissive technology to deliver exceptionally vivid graphics. The BlackBerry 8700g also automatically adjusts both the screen and keyboard lighting to provide the best viewing for outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

“The BlackBerry 8700g utilizes the Intel XScale® architecture to enable exceptional communications capabilities, as well as industry-leading application performance, without compromising battery life requirements,” said Roger Benson, Country Manager, Intel Benelux.

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/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

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

About KPN

KPN offers telecommunication services to both consumers and businesses. The core activities are telephony, Internet and television services in the Netherlands, mobile telecom services in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and data services in Western Europe. KPN is market leader in the major segments of the Dutch telecom market and is actively growing market share in the new IP and DSL markets. Through E-Plus and BASE, KPN occupies a strong position in the mobile markets in Germany and Belgium respectively.

As of December 31, 2005, KPN’s 29,286 employees served 6.9 million fixed-line subscribers and 2.2 million Internet customers in the Netherlands as well as approximately 21 million mobile customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. KPN was privatized in 1989. KPN’s shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Amsterdam, New York, London and Frankfurt.

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