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Rogers Wireless and RIM launch the new GPS-enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Smartphone

January 31, 2008

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    Small and stylish smartphone lets users shoot video, download music
    directly from Rogers MusicStore and stay on track with built-in GPS

    TORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI;
NYSE:RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
introduced the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8110 smartphone. In addition to
providing customers with the industry's leading mobile messaging solution, the
BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is packed with multimedia features and now includes
built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) with mapping software, making it an
ideal smartphone for both consumers and business users, on Canada's most
reliable wireless network.
    The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone is small, stylish and incredibly
versatile. It features RIM's popular SureType® keyboard system, which has
been enhanced to include word completion and a spell checker. Alongside
built-in GPS, exceptional mobile messaging and impressive multimedia
capabilities, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 also includes an enhanced visual
    "As the leading wireless carrier in Canada, Rogers is thrilled to offer
the BlackBerry Pearl 8110," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief
Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "When we first launched the original
BlackBerry Pearl in October 2006, it instantly became one of our most popular
devices. We have a history of bringing best-in-class handsets as a Canadian
first and the new BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is the perfect example with its
enhanced functionality sleek interface and brand new colour."
    "Built-in GPS adds another powerful and practical dimension to the user
experience," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at
Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry Pearl 8110, with its stylish design
and impressive communications, multimedia and navigation capabilities, is an
exceptional smartphone for both business and personal use."
    Available from Rogers Wireless in an attractive blue finish, the new
BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone features:-   An ultra-sleek design measuring 107mm x 50mm x 14mm and weighing
        91 grams
    -   Built-in GPS with BlackBerry® Maps and support for TeleNav®
        GPS Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions
    -   A 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and built-in flash
    -   Video capture capability, allowing users to record video at up to
        15 fps (frames per second)
    -   Premium phone features including 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
    -   SureType™ keyboard technology, now including word completion and
        spell checker
    -   An advanced media player, perfect for listening to music and watching
        videos; also allows playlists to be created directly on the handset
    -   A 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, support for the Bluetooth stereo audio
        profile (A2DP/AVRCP), and dedicated volume controls
    -   An externally accessible microSD/SDHC expandable memory slot for
        additional storage (8GB microSD/SDHC cards are now available on the
    -   Support for downloading music directly to the smartphone through
        Rogers MusicStore
    -   Instant Messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk and
        Yahoo!® Messenger pre-loaded
    -   Easy access to the Facebook® for BlackBerry® Smartphones
        application, enabling fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access
        to the popular Facebook social utility
    -   Ability to download applications such as Spinvox (convert voice
        messages to text) and Yahoo! Go (access sports, weather,
        entertainment news and upload and view pictures on Flickr)
    -   Easy access to Texas Hold'em, the first subscription-based community
        game for BlackBerry users
    -   An enhanced visual interface; emails, calendar entries, and web pages
        are even more visually appealing
    -   BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software, which includes Roxio® Media
        Manager for BlackBerry®, a powerful media manager application that
        allows users to easily search for media files on their computer, view
        and organize them, create MP3 music files from CDs, add audio tags
        and album art, create playlists and copy or convert pictures, music
        and videos for optimal playback
    -   Support for High Speed USB, allowing users to transfer music, videos,
        pictures and other files from their computer onto the handset at
        speeds of up to 10 MB/sec.
    -   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,
        enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM®
        Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise®
        environments.The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 from Rogers Wireless also comes with a variety
of in-box accessories including stereo headset, travel charger and a
1GB microSD memory card for storing pictures, music and videos.

    Pricing & Availability

    The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 retails for $249.99 with activation on any
combination of 3 year voice plan and 3 year BlackBerry data plan from Rogers.
Some conditions apply.
    For more information on the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone, please
visit or

    About Rogers Wireless

    Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 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 around the world with its GSM based services,
Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada
utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. The company 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

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products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the
successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to
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events or otherwise.

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the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM,
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