ATLANTA & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 13, 2005–EarthLink Wireless, a branded service operated by SK-EarthLink, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM – News; TSX: RIM – News) today announced the introduction of the Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry 7250 Wireless Handheld(TM). This powerful and versatile offering, built on the BlackBerryÂ® platform combines support for phone, email, Internet, intranet, text messaging, and organizer applications in a single, integrated device that enables users to perform multiple tasks on the go.
EarthLink Wireless’ offering also includes exclusive features and services, such as award-winning customer service and EarthLink’s spam and virus blocking technology, which blocks virtually 100% of unwanted email messages before they reach the wireless handheld.
“The BlackBerry 7250 with enhanced memory and Bluetooth is just what our communications-savvy customers have been clamoring for,” said Brent Cobb, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at SK-EarthLink. “The combination of this market-leading BlackBerry handheld, fast, reliable wireless email, Internet and phone service, as well as EarthLink’s exclusive protection suite of spam and virus blocking services, represents an unmatched suite of services.”
The new BlackBerry 7250(TM) now supports Bluetooth for wireless hands-free voice calling with a wireless headset or car kit. Its small, convenient shape encompasses an easy-to-use, back-lit QWERTY keyboard as well as a sharp, back-lit color screen that supports over 65,000 colors and user-selectable font sizes. The BlackBerry 7250 sports 32 MB of flash memory and 4 MB SRAM. This powerful device can also integrate with the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) v4.0 which provides enhanced wireless synchronization, attachment viewing and IT management capabilities.
“The BlackBerry 7250 is a brilliantly engineered wireless device that optimizes form, function and performance for mobile professionals that want to stay connected and productive while away from the office,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “We are delighted that EarthLink Wireless continues to expand upon its suite of products and services with the introduction of the BlackBerry 7250.”
The BlackBerry 7250 from EarthLink Wireless offers users the proven and popular, push-based, BlackBerry wireless email capabilities; a high-quality cell phone with integrated microphone and earpiece; Internet access with a full featured HTML browser; attachment viewing, which allows users to read Microsoft Office, PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF attachments; Bluetooth capabilities with support for hands-free voice communications; an organizer to manage calendar, contacts and tasks and synchronize with your PC; text messaging; advanced security; and optimized wireless and battery performance.
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with MicrosoftÂ® Exchange, IBM LotusÂ® Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWiseÂ® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.
EarthLink Wireless offers a range of affordable pricing plans, which include unlimited data and free night and weekend calling as standard, starting at $39.95 per month. For an additional $39.95 per month, customers get 500 anytime minutes. Customers can also keep their existing mobile numbers when they switch their current service to EarthLink Wireless and can rely on support from a dedicated BlackBerryÂ®-trained support team. Available today, the BlackBerry 7250 operates on a CDMA2000 1x wireless networks in North America. For more information or to sign up, visit www.earthlink.net/wireless or call 1-800-EARTHLINK.
About EarthLink Wireless
EarthLink Wireless is a branded service line of newly established SK-EarthLink, a joint venture between industry leaders SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM – News) and EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK – News). This new wireless company is dedicated to bringing the next generation of high speed mobile communications, business and entertainment to a wireless world. For more information, visit www.sk-earthlink.com or call 1-888-304-2773.
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 BlackBerryÂ® 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.
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