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Rogers and RIM Announce Availability of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Smartphone in Canada

November 3, 2008

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Rogers to offer first BlackBerry flip smartphone from $49.99
                 on Canada's most reliable wireless networkTORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI;
NYSE:RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) are launching
the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone, the first BlackBerry®
phone to come in the popular flip form factor. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip will
be available in a stylish black finish from Rogers Wireless starting November
4, with the stunning pink BlackBerry Pearl Flip coming soon.
    The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip provides flip phone fans with all the power
of a BlackBerry smartphone in a fun and familiar design. You can send a
message to your friends or family, make a call, browse the web, snap a
picture, watch a video or listen to your favorite song. It's all in your
control with a simple flip. The quad-band EDGE based BlackBerry Pearl Flip
smartphone presents a sophisticated look with a sleek design and a
chrome-finished frame surrounding its smooth, luminescent face. It features
two high-resolution, light-sensing color displays, including an external LCD
that makes it easy to preview incoming emails, text messages and phone calls
without opening the handset.
    "Rogers Wireless continues to bring best-in-class handsets, such as the
exclusive BlackBerry Pearl Flip, to the Canadian market, representing a
cross-section of the best in smartphone technology, messaging solution as well
as design and style," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief
Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "The BlackBerry Pearl Flip offers
discerning customers the ultimate full-featured flip paired with the leading
mobile messaging solution on the market."
    "The BlackBerry Pearl Flip packs an impressive range of features into an
exciting new design and we are very pleased to be working with Rogers Wireless
to bring this powerful new smartphone to customers in Canada," said Mark
Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "The
BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone is a natural choice for customers who are
looking to replace their existing flip phone with something more powerful."The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone from Rogers Wireless has
numerous advanced features including:

    -   Spacious SureType® QWERTY keyboard that makes typing messages and
        dialing numbers fast and easy

    -   Large 240 x 320 internal LCD that displays messages, videos and web
        pages with impressive detail and contrast

    -   Built-in Wi-Fi ® (802.11 b/g) with support for Rogers TalkSpot
        service

    -   2 megapixel camera with digital zoom, built-in flash and video
        recording(*)

    -   Advanced media player for viewing pictures, listening to music and
        watching videos

    -   Externally-accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports up
        to 16GB for plenty of storage

    -   Enhanced HTML browser with RTSP support for online streaming video
        from sites like m.youtube.com and www.zoovision.com

    -   BlackBerry® Maps, delivering maps, local searches and step-by-step
        directions quickly and easily

    -   DataViz® Documents To Go® preinstalled, enabling customers to
        edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the smartphone

    -   BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software, which includes Roxio® Media
        Manager for BlackBerry®, a powerful media manager application that
        allows users to easily manage media files on their computer and
        transfer them to the smartphone; the BlackBerry Pearl Flip also comes
        with the new BlackBerry® Media Sync application for customers that
        want a simple way to sync their iTunes® digital music collections
        with the smartphone(xx)

    -   Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced
        background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and
        Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car
        kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals

    -   BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to
        10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most
        popular ISP email accounts

    -   BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments
        with advanced security and IT controlsPRICING AND AVAILABILITY

    The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone will be available in black from
Rogers starting November 4, from $49.99 with activation on any combination of
3 year voice and data plan with minimum combined monthly service fee of $35
per month from Rogers.  Some conditions apply. The pink BlackBerry Pearl Flip
will be available in the coming weeks.
    For more information please visit: www.BlackBerryPearlFlip.com or
www.rogers.com/pearlflip starting November 4.

    About Rogers Wireless

    Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.7 million customers under both the Rogers
Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada's most reliable wireless
voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest
wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM
and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing
seamless roaming in more than 200 countries/areas with its GSM based services,
Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada
utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary
of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. For further information, please visit
www.rogers.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.(*) Video recording requires microSD card, which may be sold separately.

    (xx) Certain music files may not be supported, including files that
    contain digital rights management technologies.Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the
"safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as "intend" and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information
available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation,
possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international
sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or
outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international
conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in
Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM's
products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the
successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to
provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks
and factors detailed from time to time in RIM's periodic reports filed with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory
authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

    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. Wi-Fi is
a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names,
company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their
respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no
representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect
of any third party products or services./NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
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