SYDNEY, Australia & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 15, 2005–Telstra and Research In Motion (RIM) (TSX:RIM – News; NASDAQ:RIMM – News) have announced the availability of BlackBerryÂ® on Telstra’s CDMA mobile network in Australia. “The ability to work or stay in constant touch while out of the office, virtually anywhere in Australia, has just got easier,” said Jenny Roche, Head of Small Business and CDMA at Telstra. “Making BlackBerry available on our CDMA network will enable many more Australians, wherever they are based, to keep business moving, while they’re moving.”
The CDMA-based BlackBerry 7250(TM) features email, text messaging, a built-in phone, BluetoothÂ® support for hands-free use with headset or car kit, a bright full color screen, full HTML Web browsing and 32MB of memory for storing messages, calendar appointments and pictures. This powerful handheld allows users to manage their information and stay connected via a single, integrated device.
“We are very pleased that Telstra is extending the BlackBerry platform to its CDMA customers,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “Telstra has been quick to deploy the BlackBerry 7250, enabling more customers in Australia to enjoy the communications and productivity benefits of the push-based BlackBerry platform.”
Telstra introduced BlackBerry to mobile professionals in Australia on its GSM/GPRS mobile network in 2002. The CDMA network covers more than 98 per cent of the population, or more than 1.6 million square kilometres across both rural and metropolitan areas.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications carrier and a world-class fully integrated, full service provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. Telstra has more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers. Telstra is Australia’s leading ISP, has the most highly accessed family of internet portals and sites and provides entertainment and multimedia content over its broadband network and through its Pay-TV joint venture.
Telstra owns and operates one of the most technologically advanced networks, offering end-to-end solutions ranging from broadband, IP, mobile and intelligent network services, to voice and data network hubs, call centres, and advanced multimedia and e-commerce applications. It has business operations in North America, UK/Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
About Research In Motion
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, Research In Motion provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. Research In Motion technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. Research In Motion’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 Research In Motion Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Research In Motion is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq:RIMM – News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM – News). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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