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Saturday January 17, 2009

RIM introduces the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in Singapore

Singapore - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX RIM), today introduced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphones in Singapore. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone and features a compact and refined design that works, looks and feels great. The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to come in the popular “clamshell” form factor. 

“We are pleased to work with our carrier partners to present two additional RIM innovations to customers in Singapore,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones build on the success of the BlackBerry® platform and offer customers two new, well balanced alternatives to meet their mobile lifestyle, entertainment and business needs.”  

BlackBerry Curve 8900 The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features a stylish black finish with chrome highlights. It combines an elegant, compact design with a wide range of popular features and an easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard. At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. It features built-in GPS and supports location-based applications and services. It also allows easy access to social networking sites and has built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), making it easier to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues. 

In addition to its sleek, stylish design, the powerful new smartphone includes a large, vivid HVGA+ (480x360) display – the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone – as well as a 512MHz next generation processor for fast and responsive performance. The handset’s advanced multimedia capabilities include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization, digital zoom, flash and the ability to record video*, as well as a rich media player, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and headset It also features a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot with support for memory cards of up to 16GB per card, giving customers plenty of storage to carry, capture and enjoy more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go. 

BlackBerry Pearl Flip The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 harnesses the power of the BlackBerry® platform and packs a wide range of useful features into a sleek flip design. Its spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing and the flip design provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will appreciate the smartphone's external display for previewing calendar reminders, email, text messages and phone calls at a glance, as well as the large, vibrant internal display for viewing web pages, pictures, video and more. 

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone provides an advanced multimedia experience including a 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom, flash and video recording*, stereo Bluetooth® support and an easily accessible expandable memory card slot for up to 16GB of additional storage per card. Customers can also easily share pictures, check the latest sports scores and post on social networking sites, including Facebook®, Flickr™, and®. 

The combination of its powerful communications and multimedia capabilities, together with built-in Wi-Fi and support for thousands of mobile applications makes the BlackBerry Pearl Flip ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle. 

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone is expected to be available from SingTel by the end of January. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available from M1, SingTel and StarHub in the first quarter of 2009. Pricing and service plans will be announced by each carrier respectively.

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