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Vodafone. Research In Motion launch new BlackBerry

Media Release
11 September 2006


Vodafone New Zealand and Research In Motion launch BlackBerry 7130v

Auckland, New Zealand and Waterloo, ON – Vodafone New Zealand and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) have launched the BlackBerry® 7130v™ for corporate and individual users in New Zealand.

The quad-band BlackBerry 7130v supports wireless access to email, phone, organiser, Web browser and other mobile applications. The handset also incorporates RIM's SureType™ keyboard technology, which merges a phone keypad with a familiar QWERTY keyboard to allow for a narrower handset design and to enable quick and accurate dialling and typing.

Dion Knill, Head of Business Devices, Vodafone New Zealand says, “we believe our customers will be very excited with the BlackBerry 7130v and its fantastic functionality. Wireless email, phone, browser, instant messaging and quad-band support make the BlackBerry 7130v an ideal all-in-one mobile solution for all our customers, from consumers through to large corporations.”

Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Research In Motion says, “we are pleased to broaden the choice of BlackBerry handsets for Vodafone New Zealand customers. The innovative BlackBerry 7130v is an excellent choice for customers looking to upgrade their mobile phone to a more powerful handset that integrates support for voice, email and data applications with an exceptional user experience.”

The BlackBerry 7130v features first-rate phone capabilities within a sleek design, including dedicated phone keys, smart dialling, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding, speakerphone and Bluetooth® support for wireless headsets and car kits.

In addition, the bright and high-resolution colour LCD screen on the BlackBerry 7130v features intelligent light sensing technology that optimises screen and keyboard lighting levels automatically for indoor, outdoor and dark environments.

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


About Vodafone
Vodafone provides a full range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications. Vodafone has equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Networks in a further 31 countries, with a proportionate customer base of over 179 million worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.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™ 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) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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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. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products or services.

ENDS

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