Scarborough, Ontario and Waterloo, Ontario, March 2, 2005 – TELUS Mobility and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry 7250 featuring Bluetooth support for headsets and car kits, a bright full-colour screen, increased memory, full HTML Web browsing and fast data access via TELUS Mobility’s 1X wireless data network.
“The Bluetooth capabilities of the BlackBerry 7250 which allow clients to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth enabled headsets and car kits, along with its new form-factor and enhanced memory, offer business users an exceptionally versatile and powerful mobile communications device,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility’s Vice President of Products and Services. “TELUS Mobility now offers BlackBerry devices that operate on both our national 1X PCS network and our all-in-one Mike iDEN network, meaning we have the right mobile communications solution for any business requirement.”
“The popularity of BlackBerry continues to spread around the world as organizations and individuals embrace wireless connectivity in their workflow and lifestyle,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry 7250 provides exceptional form, function and performance for the business professional that wants a superior wireless experience.”
The BlackBerry 7250 offers the powerful functionality associated with other BlackBerry products as well as the convenience of Bluetooth capability. The new device also features:
* Enhanced e-mail attachment viewing of popular file formats: MicrosoftÂ® Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, WordPerfect, ASCII, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF
* A large, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard with highlighted number keys and a bright multi-stage backlight screen that supports over 65,000 colours
* Enhanced memory with 32MB of flash memory and 4MB of SRAM for storing messages, contacts, calendar appointments and pictures
* More than three hours of talk time or eight days of standby time
* Wireless integration with one or multiple existing e-mail accounts
* A push-based wireless architecture that delivers messages automatically to a BlackBerry device without prompting or downloading
For corporate clients, BlackBerry Enterprise Serverâ„¢ software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino and works with existing enterprise systems to allow secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Serviceâ„¢ allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including MicrosoftÂ® Exchange, IBM LotusÂ® Domino and many popular ISP e-mail accounts) from a single device without the need for server software.
The BlackBerry 7250 is available to TELUS Mobility clients for as low as $399 on a 3-year contract or $549 with no contract.
For clients who depend on Push To Talkâ„¢, or PTTâ„¢, capability for instant communication, TELUS Mobility also offers the BlackBerry 7510 powered by MikeÂ®. The device features Mike’s Direct ConnectÂ®, a powerful PTT feature that allows users to stay in touch at the push of a button, right across North America.
About TELUS Mobility
TELUS Mobility provides its more than 3.9 million clients across Canada with a full suite of wireless voice, Internet and data services through its PCS and Mike digital wireless networks. For more about TELUS Mobility products, please visit telusmobility.com.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada, with more than $7.6 billion of annual revenue, 4.8 million network access lines and 3.9 million wireless clients. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-based technologies. For more, please visit telus.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 e-mail, 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. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerryÂ® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheldâ„¢ product line, software development tools 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.