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Visafone and RIM Launch Blackberry Smartphones and Services in Nigeria

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:10:16 EST

Nigeria's top-rated mobile operator to make BlackBerry services widely available with three new smartphone models

Lagos, Nigeria – – Visafone, rated the number one mobile operator for quality of service in 2011 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today announced the launch of BlackBerry® services on Visafone's CDMA mobile network in Nigeria. Visafone is also launching three BlackBerry smartphones, becoming the first carrier to introduce CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones in Africa.

Beginning October 26, all Visafone shops in Nigeria will be able to take pre-bookings from customers for the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9310, BlackBerry® Curve™ 9370 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 smartphones, which will be available in November. The combination of the BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry services will give Visafone customers access to email, Internet and social networking apps, including BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), Facebook® and Twitter™.

Waldi Wepener, Regional Director for RIM in East, Central and West Africa, said, 'We are proud to support Visafone with the launch of the BlackBerry solution to their customers in Nigeria, and to bring CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones to the region with Visafone for the first time. The BlackBerry solution from Visafone offers customers a strong selection of smartphones and a wide range of services that connects them to people and information around the country, across the continent, and throughout the world.'

Mr. Jim Ovia, chairman of Visafone, stated, 'This partnership represents a big step forward in Africa's mobile history and we are very excited to be at the forefront of such a ground-breaking development in the Nigerian market. We have responded to our customers' demands for BlackBerry services by being the first to provide them with a suite of CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones that best meets the region's growing mobile needs. More broadly, this launch is a major boost to the NCC's efforts to achieve growth of data usage and quality voice services to the country's 100 million active mobile phone lines.'

Featuring the BlackBerry® 7.1 OS, all the new BlackBerry smartphones provide a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging, social networking, multimedia, and consumer and business apps to keep customers connected and productive throughout the day. The smartphones can also be used as mobile hotspots, allowing other Wi-Fi® enabled devices to use the smartphones' mobile network connection to access the Internet.

Information about service plans and availability can be found at: http://www.visafone.com.ng/blackberry/blackberry.aspx


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BlackBerry Curve 9310

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone. It supports all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them. Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 features an iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM™ key that supports instant access to RIM's popular mobile social network. Facebook® and Twitter™ apps can allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view. Additional features:

-3.2-megapixel camera with flash – customers can easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter
-Removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivering up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 18 days of standby time
-Built-in FM radio. Tune into your favourite radio station from virtually anywhere
-A microSD™ storage memory expansion slot supporting up to 32 GB cards

BlackBerry Curve 9370

The BlackBerry Curve 9370 is an easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-centric smartphone. The slim, stylish and simply beautiful Curve 9370 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable and iconic keyboard for fast, accurate typing and an optical trackpad for easy, one-handed navigation. It includes built-in GPS and Wi-Fi support, as well as a 5MP camera with flash and video recording. It is also a world phone that can be used on CDMA and, when roaming, on GSM networks. Additional features:

· Slim size (109mm x 60mm x 11mm)

· 2.44' HVGA + display (480 x 360 pixel resolution at 246 ppi)

· 1GB of on-board memory plus a microSD storage memory expansion slot supporting up to 32 GB cards

· Long battery life, with CDMA talk time of up to 5.5 hours / standby time of up to 14.5 days / video playback up to 9 hours / audio playback up to 45 hours

BlackBerry Bold 9930

The flagship BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet and the first to offer the perfect union of a high-performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. It is a world phone that supports global roaming and comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. It also includes built-in GPS. With its industry-leading keyboard, responsive high-resolution touch screen and support for high-speed networks, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 continues the tradition of delivering the world's best mobile communications experience. Additional features:

· 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, approximately 130 g

· 2.8" high resolution capacitive touch screen display – VGA (640x480), 287 ppi resolution

· 1.2 GHz Processor, 768 MB RAM

· 8 GB on-board memory, plus a microSD storage memory expansion slot supporting up to 32 GB cards

· Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

· NFC technology and BlackBerry® Tag, which allows customers to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together.

· 5.0 MP camera, supports 720p HD video recording

· Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity Sensor

· Dual-Band Wi-Fi - 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n at 5 GHz

· Wireless Network support: Dual-Band CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, Dual-Band HSPA+, Quad-Band GSM/EDGE

· Up to 6.6 hours talk time and up to 12.8 days standby time on CDMA

About Visafone Communications

Visafone Communications Limited, the largest Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operator in Africa, was incorporated in June 2007 and is currently offering services in 26 states. The flagship shops of Visafone are in 88 locations nationwide including Lagos, Abuja, Port Hartcourt and other cities.

Visafone offers an exciting bouquet of telecommunications services encompassing Voice, High Speed Data (3G), internet and other innovative Value Added Services to individual subscribers. It also offers unequalled business solutions to both corporate entities as well as the Small & Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. For more information visit www.visafone.com.ng

About Research In Motion (RIM)

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.


Source: WebWire



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