Cable & Wireless To Offer BlackBerry In Eastern Caribbean Islands

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ST. LUCIA, East Caribbean & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 21, 2005–Cable & Wireless Ltd. and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) -Customers in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & Grenadines To Have Wireless Access to Voice and Data via BlackBerry


Cable & Wireless Ltd. and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) today announced plans to offer BlackBerry® to customers in the Eastern Caribbean islands. Cable & Wireless Ltd. will initially offer the BlackBerry 7280 Wireless Handheld(TM), a tri-band 850/1800/1900MHz device that features a high-resolution color screen, international roaming capabilities, and the best combined email/data/phone experience. BlackBerry will be available in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & Grenadines and will operate on Cable & Wireless’ GSM/GPRS network.(i)

“Cable & Wireless is committed to delivering leading data and voice solutions to our customers and we are pleased to work with Research In Motion to introduce the popular BlackBerry wireless platform to our customers in the Eastern Caribbean islands,” said Rick Hulford, VP Mobile, Cable & Wireless Limited. “BlackBerry continues to grow in popularity in the Caribbean and around the world, and our mobile customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of always-on access to voice and data while on the go.”

BlackBerry is an award winning wireless platform that keeps mobile customers connected to the people, data and resources that drive their day. The Java-based BlackBerry 7280(TM) combines phone, email, text messaging, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single handheld. The high-resolution screen displays crisp images with support for more than 65,000 colors while the handheld continues to offer superior battery life for optimal wireless performance.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(TM) 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(TM) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

“We look forward to extending the reach of BlackBerry to the residents and visitors of the Eastern Caribbean islands,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry mobile experience is being embraced around the world and we think it will prove very popular with Cable & Wireless’ customers.”

Information on service plans is available at Cable and Wireless Ltd.

About Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies and the leading provider of communications in the Caribbean. With operations in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Monserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines and Turk & Caicos, the company provides voice, data and IP (Internet Protocol) services to business and residential customers, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and Internet services. Cable & Wireless’ principal operations are in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Panama and the Middle East. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to www.cw.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(TM) 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 – News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM – News). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

(i) Check with Cable & Wireless for roaming services.

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  • Mark Greenberg

    Why was Anguilla not included?
    Will people visited the islands who have BlackBerry service in the US be able to use their devices in the islands?

  • Mark Greenberg

    Why was Anguilla not included?
    Will people visited the islands who have BlackBerry service in the US be able to use their devices in the islands?