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TELUS Mobility to offer BlackBerry's 1X platform
Posted: 20-Jan-2003 [Source: RIM]

[The "3G version" of BlackBerry is soon to be available to Canadian users.]

Scarborough, Ontario and Waterloo, Ontario -- TELUS Mobility and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to offer RIM's popular BlackBerry(tm) wireless platform to enterprise clients using TELUS Mobility's 1X network across Canada.

"Our clients are eager to take advantage of the wireless e-mail, voice communications, text messaging, Web access and personal productivity applications available on RIM's BlackBerry handhelds," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility's Vice President, Products and Services. "The BlackBerry platform is renowned for offering powerful mobile hardware and software for corporate and enterprise users. It fits well with TELUS Mobility's commitment to provide the leading edge in wireless telecommunications devices to our clients across Canada."

Next Generation 1X Wireless

The first BlackBerry handheld available from TELUS Mobility will be the new data and voice-enabled BlackBerry 6750(tm), which will operate on TELUS Mobility's next-generation 1X wireless data network. The BlackBerry 6750 features wireless e-mail, dual-band phone capability, text messaging, Web browser, organizer applications and Java(tm) 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) support, all in a single compact handheld. TELUS expects to launch the BlackBerry 6750 during the first half of 2003.

"We look forward to working with TELUS Mobility to deliver BlackBerry to its business clients across Canada," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Brand Management at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry will operate on TELUS Mobility's national 1X wireless network with integrated support for both phone and data services, and that's good news for business clients looking to incorporate advanced wireless technologies into their computing and communications strategies."

BlackBerry is an award-winning, integrated wireless platform designed specifically to meet the needs of mobile professionals and IT departments. With BlackBerry, mobile professionals get effortless access to their important information and communications while on the road and IT departments get extensibility and centralized administration in a secure solution.


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