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 February 10, 2005
Cingular Introduces New Quad-Band BlackBerry 7100g

 Business customers who prefer the look and feel of a phone for their primary wireless device now have a handset on which they can access their corporate and personal e-mail and organizer information with the introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g from Cingular Wireless. The BlackBerry 7100g provides the look and feel of a sleek handset while incorporating a quad-band GSM(TM) "world phone" and retaining the powerful wireless e-mail, browser and data capabilities enabled by the BlackBerry platform. The BlackBerry 7100g was developed and manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM).

The BlackBerry 7100g features a brilliant and large high-resolution color LCD display and RIM's SureType keyboard technology. SureType effectively converges a telephone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit within the size constraints of a traditional mobile phone, while ensuring dialing and typing remain quick and easy. It also includes Bluetooth support for use with Bluetooth headsets and car kits for a flexible handsfree phone experience, as well as a speakerphone for impromptu conference calls. The BlackBerry 7100g from Cingular also supports all the latest features of the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0.

The BlackBerry 7100g uses Cingular's ALLOVER network, the largest digital voice and data network in the country. This business phone's quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) design gives Cingular customers the ability to stay connected when abroad in more than 170 countries for voice communications and over 75 countries when accessing e-mail, calendaring and other data applications.

"The introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g opens up the 'BlackBerry experience' to a much wider business audience that considers voice as their primary wireless application but also desires the robust data features that BlackBerry provides," said Michael Woodward, executive director, mobile professional solutions, for Cingular Wireless. "Cingular Wireless is the leading BlackBerry provider and the addition of this breakthrough solution further strengthens our portfolio of BlackBerry products."

"The BlackBerry 7100g and its innovative SureType keyboard technology delivers a robust phone and messaging experience in an amazingly compact and comfortable design," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "We are pleased to build upon our long-standing relationship with Cingular Wireless and expand the reach of BlackBerry to an even broader range of customers with the introduction of the BlackBerry 7100g."