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 June 26, 2007
BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone In Canada Via Bell Mobility

 Bell Canada today announced the availability of the much-anticipated BlackBerry 8830 World Edition
smartphone, offering worldwide roaming, true high-speed Internet access, and advanced multimedia applications such as GPS navigation.

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition from Bell is the first BlackBerry smartphone to take advantage of the world's two leading wireless network technologies. It offers the high speed Internet access and premium North American coverage of CDMA networks in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and the global reach of GSM/GPRS technology when clients travel around the world.

"Bell Mobility is proud to be the first to bring the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition to Canada, and to offer the only BlackBerry smartphone with the ability to operate on both high-speed CDMA voice and data networks in North America and GSM networks outside of North America," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. "The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is a sophisticated and powerful multimedia communications device that truly offers the best of both worlds."

"BlackBerry smartphones continue to provide an unmatched mobile experience for people who want a full-featured phone to help them stay connected and productive in their personal and professional lives," said Mike
Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is a stellar choice for customers with its international roaming support, GPS functionality, multimedia features and a thin and stylish design."

Operating on the most powerful data network in Canada, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition offers GPS navigation capabilities, instant messaging, mobile browsing and other robust multimedia applications:

- GPS Navigation offers turn-by-turn navigation capability with audio voice and onscreen functionality supported by 2D and 3D maps; using RIM's intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball, clients can easily initiate route requests right from the BlackBerry address book

- Customer Relationship Management and Sales Force Automation tools allow clients to record sales leads, manage contacts, obtain product inventory and pricing details, revise forecasts and recall complete customer histories in real time

- Field Force Automation applications let clients manage work orders and status reports, accurately track equipment and supplies, and enable the electronic dispatch of mobile field staff to ensure the most cost-efficient deployment of resources

- Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness tools allow clients to manage events that can disrupt business operations and critical data networks in real time, with the sophisticated communications and process tools they need when every second counts.

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition can also easily tether to a laptop computer to double as a wireless modem operating on the Bell wireless high speed network. Clients can also subscribe to Smart Connect, a Bell service that delivers seamless connectivity across multiple wireless networks, including EVDO, public and private WiFi hotspots, and virtual private networks.

Offering extensive multimedia capabilities, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition also includes a media player for videos, music and photos and access to the world's most popular instant messaging network, Windows Live Messenger, exclusively available from Bell Mobility.