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Rogers and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone

August 21, 2008

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    The first BlackBerry smartphone to support 3G HSDPA networks makes it
    easier than ever to stay connected and productive while on the go

    TORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI;
NYSE:RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
introduced the new BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone to customers in Canada.
Designed to give business professionals and power users exceptional
performance and functionality, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone operates on
Rogers' high-speed 3G network and features a newly designed, precision QWERTY
keyboard, built-in GPS, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi® and a rich set of multimedia
capabilities including a 2 megapixel camera with video recording and an
advanced media player to play music, watch videos and view pictures. From its
lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leatherette
backplate, to its stunning high resolution display that must be seen to be
believed, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a symbol of accomplishment and
    Crafted from premium materials inside and out, the BlackBerry Bold
smartphone performs as great as it looks. It features a next-generation 624
MHz mobile processor that powers the renowned BlackBerry productivity
applications, including phone, email, messaging, organizer and browser, and
works with thousands of mobile business and lifestyle applications. With this
powerful new smartphone, users can even talk on the phone while sending and
receiving email, accessing the web or using GPS-based navigation. The
BlackBerry Bold also lets customers edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
directly on the handset using the preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go®
software suite, making it easier than ever to stay connected and productive
while on the go.
    "Rogers Wireless is proud to be first to offer Canadians the world's
fastest BlackBerry smartphone on Canada's fastest mobile network. The much
awaited BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a 'must have' for connoisseurs of
premium products and mobile workers who want to remain connected and
productive no matter where their jobs may take them," said John Boynton,
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless.
    "The new BlackBerry Bold exudes confidence and elegance as it delivers
blazing performance on Rogers' high-speed 3G network," said Mark Guibert, Vice
President, Corporate Marketing at RIM. "We're very pleased to be launching the
BlackBerry Bold with Rogers, providing Canadian customers with a breakthrough
smartphone that will help them make the most out of their work and personal
time." The BlackBerry Bold smartphone from Rogers Wireless features:-   An elegant design measuring 114mm x 66mm x 15mm and weighing
        approximately 136 grams
    -   Tri-band HSDPA and quad-band EDGE support for global roaming(*)
    -   Stunning half-VGA (480x320 resolution at 217 ppi) colour display with
        integrated lens for eye-popping definition and clarity
    -   Enhanced HTML browser delivers high performance with desktop-style
    -   Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g)
    -   Built-in GPS with support for location based applications and
        services including geotagging; comes with BlackBerry® Maps
    -   1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as an externally accessible
        microSD/SDHC memory card slot(xx) for additional storage
    -   A removable/rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery
    -   DataViz® Documents To Go® preinstalled, enabling customers to
        edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the smartphone
    -   2 megapixel camera with digital zoom, built-in flash and video
    -   Advanced media player for viewing pictures, listening to music and
        watching videos
    -   Support for High Speed USB 2.0 enables quick file transfers between a
        PC and 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 Bold 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(xxx)
    -   Support for downloading music directly from Rogers MusicStore
    -   The Rogers Do More portal enabling access to a variety of mobile
        applications for business and personal use
    -   Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk,
        Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo!® Messenger
    -   Support for the Facebook® for BlackBerry® Smartphones
        application, which enables fast, streamlined and optimized mobile
        access to the popular Facebook social utility
    -   Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced
        noise cancellation to offset background noise, 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 controlsThe BlackBerry Bold smartphone from Rogers comes with a variety of inbox
accessories including a stereo headset, travel charger, carrying case and USB


    The BlackBerry Bold smartphone (model number: 9000) will be available
from Rogers beginning today from $399.99 with activation on any combination of
3 year voice plan and three year BlackBerry data plan totalling more than $45
per month from Rogers. Some conditions apply.
    For more information please visit: or

    About Rogers Wireless

    Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.5 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

    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 or*)    Check with service provider for roaming services.
    (xx)   MicroSD/SDHC memory cards are available today in configurations of
           up to 8GB and the BlackBerry Bold is expected to support upcoming
           16GB microSD/SDHC cards.
    (xxx)  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
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