BlackBerry 8700c Accelerates in Cingular Fast Lane

First EDGE-Enabled BlackBerry Handset Offered Exclusively On Largest, Fastest National Wireless Data Network in U.S.

ATLANTA and WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry(R) is going high-speed as Cingular Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM) (TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry 8700c(TM), the first BlackBerry device to support high-speed EDGE network technology. The new, sleek BlackBerry 8700c features a completely re-engineered device platform that is optimized for breakthrough performance and usability. It will be available in the U.S. exclusively from Cingular Wireless beginning November 21.

The EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700c is an eagerly anticipated addition to Cingular's popular BlackBerry portfolio that provides users with best-in-class performance for email, phone, browsing and corporate data applications in a lightweight, all-in-one device. With the dramatically enhanced device platform and integrated EDGE capabilities, BlackBerry 8700c users will experience noticeably faster Web browsing, application performance and attachment viewing; the ability to store and run more powerful enterprise, and personal productivity applications; as well as comprehensive, smoothly integrated phone features in a light and compact design.

The BlackBerry 8700c operates on Cingular's EDGE network -- the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the U.S. with availability in 13,000 cities and towns and along nearly 40,000 miles of major highways. Customers can use the quad-band BlackBerry 8700c with Cingular service in more than 170 countries for voice and over 90 countries for data. With the BlackBerry 8700c from Cingular, customers will have the choice of using two browsers: the BlackBerry Browser(TM) for HTML Internet browsing and a browser optimized for Cingular's popular MEdia(sm) Net wireless Internet access service.


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