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BlackBerry Curve 9310 Launched By Boost Mobile

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boost Mobile, a leader in the no-contract wireless industry with award-winning service plans, will introduce another industry first, BBMUnlimited, which features worldwide unlimited access to BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) and talk and text with payments that shrink to as low as $30 a month. Continuing the Boost Mobile trend of offering more choice, flexibility and value, this offer is available beginning on July 10 exclusively with the BlackBerry® Curve 9310 smartphone, which is launching the same day for $99.99 (excluding taxes).

BBM, available for all BlackBerry users worldwide, is one of the largest mobile social networks with more than 56 million active customers globally. Customers can experience real-time communications and easily chat with friends at the speed of now, with instant responses and “read” confirmations. Plus, BBM goes beyond chat with more than 1,000 BBM-connected apps available for download on BlackBerry App World. BBM-connected applications offer a social, interactive experience that’s not available on any other smartphone platform.

 

“We have partnered closely with RIM to enhance the Boost Mobile line-up and launch the first-ever no-contract BlackBerry smartphone priced under $100,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “This breakthrough device is matched with the most affordable BlackBerry service plan in the industry with shrinking payments and unlimited talk, text and worldwide BlackBerry Messenger.”

Similar to other monthly unlimited plans offered by Boost Mobile, the $45 BBM Unlimited plan provides customers the opportunity to be rewarded for simply making on-time payments. For every six on-time payments, customers will see their monthly payment shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $30 a month for unlimited nationwide talk and text and worldwide BBM access. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for these saving milestones.

BlackBerry Curve 9310 gives consumers the full power of the BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications in the familiar BlackBerry Curve form factor. The smartphone will be available at Boost Mobile exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. It will also be available at select Best Buy locations next month.

Messaging on BlackBerry Curve 9310 is made easy with a full QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad. In addition to real-time chat with BBM, customers can share large multimedia files (up to 6MB), including pictures, voice notes, calendar entries and locations. The smartphone is also Wi-Fi® enabled, giving users the opportunity to enjoy unlimited data. Key smartphone features include:

  • Dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key
  • Text and email (supports Yahoo!®, Gmail® and Hotmail®)
  • 3.2MP camera with flash
  • Speedy Web browsing
  • BlackBerry® 7.1 OS
  • Access to thousands of apps and games on BlackBerry App World™
  • Easy Access to Facebook®, MySpace™, Twitter®, YouTube® and more
  • Stereo Bluetooth® support
  • Wi-Fi and GPS1 enabled
  • Built-in FM radio
  • Great battery life (up to eight hours talk time or 18 days standby; up to 70 hours of music playback with headphones)

About Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands and recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as “Highest Ranked in Purchase Experience Among Non-Contract Wireless Providers,” offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments no-contract service, where the longer you stay the less you pay with on-time payments for unlimited voice, text messaging, Web, email and calls to 411. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 281 million people, and on the Nextel National Network, reaching more than 281 million people, with no activation or long-distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from LG, Motorola, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sanyo and ZTE, ranging from entry-level to Android™ smartphone devices available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Family Dollar, Walgreens and Walmart, Sprint retail stores, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading TV home shopping network. Re-Boost® Cards are available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at www.boostmobile.com.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

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RIM Introduces Two Stylish New Smartphones For Socially-Connected Customers In Thailand

New BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 Smartphones are Easy to Use and Easy to Own

Bangkok, Thailand – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced two stylish new smartphones for socially-connected customers in Thailand. The new BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9220 smartphones feature all the market-leading messaging and social networking capabilities that have helped make BlackBerry smartphones popular in Thailand. Designed to be easy to use and easy to own, these new models both offer the longest lasting battery life yet in a BlackBerry Curve smartphone, allowing users to make the most of their day.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 smartphones offer truly unique and compelling messaging and social networking experiences for mobile users in Thailand.  We believe that Thai customers will also appreciate the ease-of-use and affordability of these new models,” said Nicholas Horton, Managing Director, Indochina at RIM.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 have everything a customer needs to stay in touch with the people and things that matter most to them. They offer the best keyboards in their class for quick and easy typing, and they even feature a new dedicated BBM™ key to bring the power of RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant.

Customers can also easily interact with their social network in real time, using preloaded apps for Facebook® and Twitter®. In addition, the new Social Feeds 2.0 app is preloaded, allowing customers to post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view. The integrated camera includes a flash and supports video recording, and pictures taken with the Curve 9320 can be tagged with their location thanks to the smartphone’s built-in GPS.

The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones also feature a built-in FM radio that allows customers to tune into their favorite local stations, and listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services. With the long lasting battery in these smartphones, customers can get up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours(1) of music playback or FM radio listening with headphones.

These new smartphones come with the new BlackBerry® 7.1 OS and include Parental Controls(2), a brand new, on-device feature that provides parents and guardians with simple options to help protect children by restricting access to specific functions, features and applications. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 also features Mobile Hotspot support(2).

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is available today through BlackBerry authorized partners and distributors in Thailand. Availability dates for the BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s distribution and carrier partners in Thailand.

For more information please visit, http://th.blackberry.com/Curve

(1) Music playback is rated at up to 28 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and up to 30 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9320.
(2) Please check with your carrier for availability.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.  When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”,  “may”,  “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements.  RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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 respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

RIM Introduces Two Stylish New Smartphones For Socially-Connected Customers In Malaysia

New BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 Smartphones are Easy to Use and Easy to Own

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced two stylish new smartphones for socially-connected customers in Malaysia. The new BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9220 smartphones feature all the market-leading messaging and social networking capabilities that have helped make BlackBerry® smartphones popular in Malaysia. Designed to be easy to use and easy to own, these new models both offer the longest lasting battery life yet in a BlackBerry Curve smartphone, allowing users to make the most of their day.

“Today is an exciting day for us as we introduce two new smartphones here in Malaysia. These new BlackBerry Curve smartphones will definitely be a great upgrade for first-time smartphone users as well as existing Curve customers looking for a step up in speed and functionality,” said Nicholas Horton, Managing Director, Indochina at RIM. “BlackBerry smartphones deliver a truly unique messaging and social networking experience for mobile users and we believe Malaysians will also be very pleased by the ease-of-use and affordability of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220.”

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 have everything a customer needs to stay in touch with the people and things that matter most to them. They offer the best keyboards in their class for quick and easy typing, and they even feature a new dedicated BBM™ key to bring the power of RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant.

Customers can also easily interact with their social network in real time, using preloaded apps for Facebook® and Twitter®. In addition, the new Social Feeds 2.0 app is preloaded, allowing customers to post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view. The integrated camera includes a flash and supports video recording, and pictures taken with the Curve 9320 can be tagged with their location thanks to the smartphone’s built-in GPS.

The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones also feature a built-in FM radio that allows customers to tune into their favorite local stations, and listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services. With the long lasting battery in these smartphones, customers can get up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours(1) of music playback or FM radio listening with headphones.

These new smartphones come with the new BlackBerry® 7.1 OS and include Parental Controls(2), a brand new, on-device feature that provides parents and guardians with simple options to help protect children by restricting access to specific functions, features and applications. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 also features Mobile Hotspot support (2).

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is scheduled to be available from June 4, 2012 through BlackBerry authorized partners and carriers in Malaysia. For customers who are keen to be one of the first to own this new smartphone, Tune Talk will be running a pre-order promotion beginning 25th May 2012. For more information, please visit www.tunetalk.com

Availability dates for the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone will be announced soon in conjunction with RIM’s distribution and carrier partners in Malaysia. For more information please visit, http://www.blackberry.com.my/Curve

(1) Music playback is rated at up to 28 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and up to 30 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9320.
(2) Please check with your carrier for availability.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.  When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”,  “may”,  “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements.  RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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 respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

RIM Launches BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry World 2012 / BlackBerry 10 Jam – Orlando, FL – – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry® 10 platform at the BlackBerry World™ conference in Orlando, Florida and released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development. The toolkit is available in beta as a free download from http://developer.blackberry.com.
“BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development. “Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.”

“There is tremendous interest, anticipation and momentum building toward the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices, and today we’re extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use,” said Christopher Smith, Vice President, Handheld Application Platform and Tools at Research In Motion. “Developers can use this first beta of the tools to get started building apps for BlackBerry 10 and as the tools evolve over the coming months, developers will have access to a rich API set that will allow them to build even more integrated apps. The toolkit we are delivering today also meets developers on their own terms. Whether using the powerful Cascades framework, writing direct native code or developing in HTML5, BlackBerry 10 will empower developers to create attractive and compelling apps that excite customers.”
The toolkit includes the BlackBerry® 10 Native SDK with Cascades, which allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++ using Qt. The Native SDK for BlackBerry 10 has a rich set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that give developers access to core device features and a range of BlackBerry application services, such as Push and Payment services. Cascades is a powerful native application development toolset that allows developers to easily build visually stunning applications without having to write complex, low-level graphics code.
More details about the NDK for BlackBerry 10 are posted on http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/blackberry-10-native-sdk and for Cascades at http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/blackberry-10-cascades-available-now.
The toolkit also includes support for HTML5 application developers with the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks™ SDK, allowing them to create native-like applications using common web programming technologies. The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK allows developers to use HTML5 and CSS for building apps and provides JavaScript bindings to native device APIs along with RIM’s open source UI toolkit, bbUI.js, to create applications with native-like capabilities. In this initial release of the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, developers have access to a core subset of the full WebWorks APIs, including Identity, Application and App events, System and system events. More details about the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK are posted on http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/04/blackberry-10-webworks-sdk.
Applications created with any of the BlackBerry 10 tools will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets when the new platform becomes available for the PlayBook. All of the SDKs will be updated to give developers access to more of the BlackBerry 10 unique capabilities over the coming months.
To further help developers get started on the BlackBerry 10 platform, BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees are being provided a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. This testing unit is a further commitment from RIM to provide the developer community with the tools they need to build successful applications for BlackBerry 10 devices, so that they are ready when the first BlackBerry 10 devices are expected to launch in the latter part of 2012.

The NDK for BlackBerry 10, including Cascades, is available for download at http://developer.blackberry.com/native/download.
The BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK is available at http://developer.blackberry.com/html5/download.
Additional Useful Links for Developers:
BlackBerry Jam Zone: http://developer.blackberry.com
@BlackBerryDev: http://www.twitter.com/blackberrydev
Developer Success Stories: https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/devzone/whyblackberry/stories

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