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TIM and RIM Announce Availability of BlackBerry in Italy
Posted: 14-May-2002 [Source: RIM press release]

[TIM to offer BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds along with Blackberry's email solution, voice and SMS services to Italian subscribers.]

Toronto -- TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), the leading Italian mobile communications company and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) announced today that the BlackBerry(tm) wireless email solution for GPRS is now commercially available in Italy. Under the terms of the supply agreement between the two companies TIM will offer BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds with associated software and service to the corporate market in Italy.

BlackBerry is a unique, integrated and secure wireless email solution for business. Corporate customers in Italy that want to use BlackBerry and already hold a Multibusiness contract with TIM can benefit from unlimited email traffic on the GPRS network as well as being able to use TWIN Card including all customer services and updated software.

Roberto Pellegrini, Senior Vice President, Corporate & SME Division, TIM said: "With the first delivery of BlackBerry to the Italian market TIM will commence marketing and thus offer a revolutionary solution that can really make Italian companies' office activities mobile. There has been a very positive response from the major Italian companies that have participated in trials of the solution. These companies include Benetton, MPS, Generali and ATAC. BlackBerry is yet another step taken by TIM to offer solutions that integrate the GPRS network perfectly and meet the security requirements of corporate information systems."

Operating over TIM's GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network, BlackBerry provides business users with an 'always on', seamless and secure link to their corporate email. RIM's unique 'push' technology ensures that email is forwarded to the user's BlackBerry Wireless Handheld. There is no need to dial in or log on to retrieve emails.

BlackBerry will be available in Italy for both Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino environments. The BlackBerry Wireless Handheld also has mobile phone capabilities including voice and SMS and TIM plans shortly to begin trialling the voice functionality.

Charles Meyer, Director and Vice President, RIM Europe, said: "We are delighted to be launching BlackBerry in Italy through TIM. With the combination of TIM's market leadership in the provision of valued and cost- effective services to business, and RIM's expertise in the development of innovative wireless solutions, we look forward to a very successful debut of the BlackBerry solution in Italy."

Both TIM and RIM will be working with Wireless Solutions, a subsidiary of DADA, on the development of additional corporate applications for the Java(tm) based BlackBerry platform, and on systems integration for the solution.

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