March 22, 2004
RIM Introduces New Color BlackBerry Handheld for CDMA2000 1X Wireless Networks
New BlackBerry 7750 Wireless Handheld™ to Operate on the Verizon Wireless CDMA Network in the United States
CTIA Wireless 2004 - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the new color BlackBerry 7750 Wireless Handheld™ for mobile professionals at the CTIA Wireless show in Atlanta. The Java™-based BlackBerry 7750™, operating on the Verizon Wireless network, is expected to be available from Verizon Wireless in April 2004.
"The high-resolution color screen and the large display make the BlackBerry 7750 ideal for email, corporate data applications and web content," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "With the BlackBerry 7750 and Verizon Wireless' reliable and extensive CDMA 1X network, mobile professionals will be provided with a compelling solution that can dramatically increase productivity while on the go."
BlackBerry is an award-winning wireless platform that improves the way users connect to people and information. BlackBerry integrates hardware, software and service, providing an end-to-end wireless solution. The BlackBerry 7750 is designed to provide an optimal user experience with integrated support for email, phone, SMS, organizer, Internet and intranet applications. This new handheld features a large, high resolution, color screen while maintaining excellent battery performance, which is critical for mobile use.
Introducing the BlackBerry 7750 Wireless Handheld:
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data. For individuals, BlackBerry Web Client™ provides an Internet-based email interface that allows users to access multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts without the need for server software (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) from a single BlackBerry handheld.
Verizon Wireless features a leading national high-speed wireless network, with average user speeds between 40-60 kilobits per second (kbps) and bursts of up to 144 kbps - similar to, or faster than using a dial-up PC connection.
Pricing information will be available through Verizon Wireless at the time of product availability.
Note to Editors: To download images of the new BlackBerry 7750, please visit http://www.rim.com/news/kit/media/downloads/index.shtml.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
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 www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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