SCARBOROUGH, Ontario & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 1, 2005–TELUS Mobility (TSX:T – News; TSX:T.NV – News; NYSE:TU – News) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) TELUS Mobility and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) today announced the availability of the new BlackBerryÂ® 7520 – powered by Mike, available from TELUS Mobility in Canada. Featuring Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities that support location-based services such as fleet management, the BlackBerry 7520(TM) is ideal for mobile professionals who need the instant-contact power of Mike’s Direct Connect walkie talkie service, combined with the enormous productivity benefits associated with GPS.
“As the only Canadian carrier offering the powerful combination of BlackBerry integrated with Mike’s Direct Connect walkie talkie service, GPS and BluetoothÂ®, the BlackBerry 7520 demonstrates TELUS Mobility’s commitment to providing our business clients with the most powerful wireless tools available,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility’s Vice President, Products and Services.
“The BlackBerry 7520 provides exceptional form, function and performance for business professionals seeking a truly superior wireless experience,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, and Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “The global popularity of BlackBerry continues to spread with the introduction of unique devices such as the BlackBerry 7520.”
The Mike Network and the BlackBerry 7520 integrate digital phone, Mike’s Direct Connect service, e-mail and other wireless services in a single, compact handset. Thanks to the instant-contact power of Direct Connect, Mike has become the wireless network of choice for businesses across Canada, ranging from small business users to national enterprise and government clients.
Mike clients can use Direct Connect to instantly stay in touch with any other Mike user right across North America. TELUS plans to expand Mike phone and Direct Connect service into Mexico and South America later this year.
In addition to GPS, the BlackBerry 7520 features:
- Bluetooth support for wireless headsets, earpieces and car kits
- Enhanced attachment viewing for viewing and storing JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF files and saving images directly from attachments for easy viewing
- Memory increased to 32 MB flash memory plus 4 MB SRAM to provide ample storage for data and applications
- Full wireless PIM synchronization that enables automatic wireless synchronization of calendar, contacts, notes and tasks(i)
- Bright, backlit color screen (supports over 65,000 colors) for viewing information at-a-glance with variable backlight intensity
- Powerful mobile applications supported by new Java(TM) Development Environment for BlackBerryÂ® v4.0
- Design enhancements such as a larger keypad, scratch-resistant metal bezel and exclusive Arctic Black colour
For corporate clients, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with MicrosoftÂ® Exchange, NovellÂ® GroupWiseÂ® or IBM LotusÂ® 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 Service(TM) allows users to access up to 10 corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise and many popular ISP e-mail accounts) from a single device without the need for server software.
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 – News; TSX:T.NV – News; NYSE:TU – News) 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 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) BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 required
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The trade-marks Mike, Mike’s Direct Connect, Push To Talk and PTT are used under license from TELUS Corporation. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.
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