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TIM and RIM launch the new EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700g in Italy


Rome, Italy and Waterloo, Canada - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and TIM today announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8700g™ in Italy, the first BlackBerry® handset that takes full advantage of TIM’s high-speed EDGE network.

The new BlackBerry 8700g provides the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. The combined power of the BlackBerry platform, Intel processor and TIM’s high-speed EDGE network, enables faster web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing.

The BlackBerry 8700g is a quad-band device with 64 MB flash memory and 16 MB SRAM. The integrated phone includes 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 wireless headsets. In addition, the device features a bright, high resolution, landscape QVGA (320x240) LCD display that supports more than 65,000 colors to deliver vivid graphics. The display offers excellent indoor and outdoor readability by featuring an intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts the brightness to optimize visibility in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.

“Convergence is a hot topic in the Italian market – especially for TIM,” said Massimo Castelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Telecom Italia. “The BlackBerry 8700g takes advantage of our fast mobile network, bringing together enhanced phone and data functionality. It provides real convergence between mobility and the Internet.”

“The BlackBerry 8700g is a major innovation that delivers breakthrough performance together with a striking color display and a sleek and stylish design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 8700g is an excellent choice for customers who want an unrivalled voice and data solution to help keep them connected and productive.”

“Intel is pleased to be a part of RIM and TIM’s BlackBerry 8700g launch in Italy,” said Carmine Stragapede - Telco and Mobility Director - Intel Italy. “Utilizing the Intel® PX901 cellular processor with the Intel XScale® architecture, the BlackBerry 8700g leverages TIM’s exceptional EDGE network to provide a rich user experience.”

The BlackBerry 8700g operates together with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ and BlackBerry Internet Server™. 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 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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