LITTLE ROCK, Ark. & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 14, 2005–ALLTEL (NYSE: AT – News) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM – News; TSX: RIM – News) today announced the availability of the BlackBerry 7250 Wireless Handheld(TM), BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) and BlackBerry Internet Service(TM). BlackBerryÂ®, developed and manufactured by Research In Motion, operates on ALLTEL’s CDMA 1X digital wireless network.
The Java-based BlackBerry 7250(TM) combines phone, email, text messaging, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single, integrated handheld device. The BlackBerry 7250 also features Bluetooth support for hands-free use with a headset or car kit, a bright full-color screen and 32MB of flash memory.
The BlackBerry 7250 is now available through ALLTEL’s wireless business channel in select markets for $299.99 with a two-year contract or $359.99 with a one-year contract. ALLTEL expects to begin offering BlackBerry in its retail stores this summer.
Customers who add a postpaid voice calling plan when purchasing the BlackBerry 7250 will receive unlimited data service for $44.99 per month. Customers who choose unlimited data-only service with the BlackBerry 7250 will pay $49.99 per month.
“The BlackBerry 7250 allows mobile professionals to take their office with them and manage their corporate and personal email quickly and easily,” said George Page, president of wireless business solutions for ALLTEL.
“The popularity of BlackBerry continues to spread rapidly as more and more people recognize the personal and organizational benefits of wireless connectivity. We’re very pleased to be working together to offer BlackBerry to ALLTEL’s customers in the United States,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.
The ergonomic and lightweight BlackBerry 7250 fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and also features a large, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard with highlighted number keys for quick phone dialing and a bright backlit screen that supports over 65,000 colors. The push-based BlackBerry wireless architecture enables messages to be delivered automatically to a customer’s device without prompting or downloading.
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.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service 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.
ALLTEL is a customer-focused communications company with more than 13 million customers and $8 billion in annual revenues. ALLTEL provides wireless, local telephone, long-distance, Internet and broadband services to residential and business customers in 26 states.
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 Blackberry wireless platform, the Research In Motion Wireless Handheld 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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