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Rogers and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Canada

Dec 8, 2008

Thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone joins Rogers'
    lineup of innovative and stylish BlackBerry smartphones, on Canada's most
    reliable wireless networkTORONTO and WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI;
NYSE: RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today
announce the launch of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone. The new
BlackBerry Curve 8900 delivers a sleek, new twist on a classic style, and it
is the thinnest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to date. It combines
quad-band EDGE support with built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, a 512 MHz
next-generation processor and a dazzling 480 x 360, high-resolution display.
    With an expansive feature-set including a powerful media player and 3.2
megapixel camera, as well as advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer and
web browser applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone makes it
incredibly easy to connect with family, friends and co-workers and to stay
both productive and entertained while on the go.
    "Rogers is thrilled to offer Canadians the exclusive BlackBerry Curve
8900, the smallest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to enter the market,"
said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers
Wireless. "With its ingenious design and stunning display, leading-edge mobile
messaging system and compatibility with Rogers TalkSpot, the BlackBerry Curve
8900 strikes the right balance between serious business tool and social
lifeline."
    "The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone packs an amazing range of
useful features into a simply beautiful and compact design," said Mark
Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Research In Motion. "It delivers
a winning combination for people who want exceptional phone quality, reliable
email and messaging and great media features together with a well designed
keyboard and renowned ease-of-use."The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from Rogers Wireless features:

    -   A refined, streamlined design - the handset weighs just 110 grams and
        measures only 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm
    -   A brilliant 2.4 inch HVGA+ light-sensing display that makes pictures
        and videos come to life
    -   A 3.2 MP digital camera including auto focus, digital zoom, flash,
        image stabilization and video recording
    -   Built-in GPS supporting TeleNav GPS Navigator™ and BlackBerry®
        Maps - providing maps, step-by-step directions, and local searches -
        as well as support for geotagging pictures
    -   Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Rogers TalkSpot™
        service
    -   The Rogers Do More portal enabling access to a variety of mobile
        applications for business and personal use
    -   Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk,
        Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo! ® Messenger
    -   Support for the Facebook® for BlackBerry® Smartphones
        application, which enables fast, streamlined and optimized mobile
        access to the popular Facebook social utility
    -   An advanced media player for music, video and pictures, including
        support for streaming audio and video
    -   An enhanced web browser that displays full web pages quickly, for a
        desktop-style browsing experience wherever you are
    -   MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot supporting cards up to 16 GB, ideal for
        storing songs, pictures, videos and documents
    -   Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides
        approximately 5.5 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time
    -   DataViz® Documents To Go® preinstalled, enabling customers to
        edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the smartphone
    -   Support for BlackBerry® Media Sync, giving users a simple way to
        sync iTunes® digital music collections with the smartphone(*)
    -   Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced
        background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and
        Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car
        kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals
    -   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
        with advanced security and IT controlsPRICING AND AVAILABILITY

    Beginning today, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is available from
Rogers from $179.99 with activation on any combination of 3 year voice and
data plan with minimum combined monthly service fee of $45 per month from
Rogers. Some conditions apply. For more information please visit:
www.blackberry.com/blackberrycurve or www.rogers.com/8900
(www.rogers.com/8900fr for French)

    About Rogers Wireless

    Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.7 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/areas with its GSM based services,
Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada
utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary
of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. For further information, please visit
www.rogers.com.

    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 www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
    (*) Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain
digital rights management technologies.

    Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the
"safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as "intend" and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information
available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned that such
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation,
possible product defects and product liability, risks related to international
sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the initiation or
outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism, international
conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating results, changes in
Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued acceptance of RIM's
products, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the
successful development of new products, dependence on third-party networks to
provide services, dependence on intellectual property rights, and other risks
and factors detailed from time to time in RIM's periodic reports filed with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory
authorities. RIM has no intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.
    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM,
Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is
a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names,
company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their
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representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect
of any third party products or services.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Marisa Conway, Brodeur Partners
(PR Agency for RIM), (212) 515-1924, mconway@brodeur.com; Odette Coleman,
Rogers Wireless, (416) 935-6441, odette.coleman@rci.rogers.com; Investor
Contact: RIM Investor Relations, (519) 888-7465, investor_relations@rim.com


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