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Research In Motion Introduces Palm-Sized Wireless Handheld
Posted: 12-Apr-2000 [Source: RIM press release]

[The new RIM 957 Wirless Handheld features Intel 386 processor, 16x20 line display, with planned support for a WAP browser. The wireless network connection is continuous enabling instant email notification.]

Waterloo, Ontario -- Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM) today introduced a new, advanced, palm-sized wireless handheld with integrated support for wireless email, Internet, paging and organizer features. The highly-anticipated RIM 957 Wireless (r)is optimized for mobile users and incorporates a large high-quality screen, 32-bit Intel 386(r) processor, 5 MB flash memory, easy-to-use keyboard, embedded wireless modem, integrated organizer and full support for the award-winning BlackBerry(r) wireless email solution. RIM also announced a new model of the RIM 950 Wireless Handheld(r) with 4 MB memory in addition to the new BlackBerry 2.0 software that fully supports both the palm-sized RIM 957(r) and pager-sized RIM 950(r). RIM also announced plans for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) support on RIM Wireless Handhelds and Lotus Notes(r) support for the BlackBerry wireless email solution.

"This is the first palm-sized wireless handheld to deliver 'Always On, Always Connected(r)' performance with seamless corporate email integration. Today's announcements open the door to an even broader range of customers and advances RIM's leading position in the market for wireless email solutions," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "Our customers now have their choice between both palm-sized and pager-sized handhelds that enable the full value of BlackBerry."

RIM 957 Wireless Handheld:

The new RIM 957 Wireless Handheld delivers RIM's award-winning wireless technology in a sleek, palm-sized device with a large, crisp display. Key features of the RIM 957 include leading performance, slim design, full-featured connected organizer and 'Always On, Always Connected' operation.

Industry-leading performance - with 32-bit Intel 386 processor, 5 MB flash memory plus 512 KB SRAM, embedded wireless modem, optimized keyboard, thumb-operated trackwheel, large backlit screen (user selectable 16 or 20 line display), multiple notification alerts (tone, vibrate, on-screen and/or LED indicator), internal rechargeable Lithium battery, docking/charging cradle, intuitive interface and integrated email/organizer software.

Slim mobile design - extremely compact (4.6" x 3.1" x 0.70") and lightweight (less than 5.3 ounces).

Full-featured, connected organizer - includes calendar, address book, task list, memo pad, calculator and alarm; synchronizes with PC using docking cradle and Puma Technology's award-winning Intellisync(r) software.

'Always On, Always Connected' - designed to operate 24 hours per day while remaining connected to the wireless network to allow easy notification of incoming email and other important information such as paging and stock alerts.

Wireless Web:

RIM has formed a strategic relationship with Neomar Inc. to provide a fully Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-compliant microbrowser, powered by Neomar's WAP gateway, for RIM Wireless Handhelds and the BlackBerry wireless email solution. WAP is an increasingly popular protocol that allows existing Web content to be easily adapted for handheld devices. With the microbrowser, wireless service providers and application developers will be able to deliver a wide range of new Internet and intranet content, including Web-based information such as stock quotes, news, travel, yellow pages, driving directions, weather reports and more through Neomar's Mobile Portal.

"Neomar was founded on the belief that PDAs, not mobile phones, are the best platform for delivering critical wireless information," said John Troyer, president and CEO of Neomar. "RIM's devices are powerful tools for business people who need to get critical information while on the go, and are great platforms for hosting our microbrowser and Mobile Portal."

Neomar has implemented WAP on RIM Wireless Handhelds, supplying a more robust WAP browsing experience by utilizing enhanced features including larger screens, graphics capability, more memory and an easier interface. A closed beta program is underway and announcements on the first customer deployments are expected this summer.

Several other Web content services such as GoAmerica's Go.Web and WolfeTech's PocketGenie also continue to be available to BlackBerry customers.

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