Press Release:RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone in Australia

BlackBerry Curve series is fast, easy-to-use, richly-featured and BlackBerry 6 ready

Sydney, Australia – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G, an exciting addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, in Australia. Designed to provide the growing number of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice, the BlackBerry Curve 3G supports high-speed 3G (HSDPA) networks around the world and provides users with powerful communications features to connect with colleagues, family and friends. 

“The BlackBerry Curve series has been very popular in Australia and we are excited to extend the series with the new BlackBerry Curve 3G,” said Adele Beachley, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Curve 3G is both powerful and user-friendly, providing a smart choice for the growing number of first-time smartphone buyers who are looking for a better way to stay connected in their personal and work lives.”

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as dedicated media keys, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go. The new smartphone also features a camera that can record video and a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage. Support for 3G networks makes browsing faster, streaming music smoother, and gives users the ability to talk on the phone while they browse the web, instant message with BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) or share their location with friends on popular social networking sites.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry® 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry® smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, subject to carrier certifications, in the coming months.

Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone (model 9300) will be available in Optus and Vodafone stores at the beginning of September and at 3 stores from October. Please check with carriers for in-store dates and pricing.
For more information about the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone visit www.blackberry.com/curve3G . For more information about BlackBerry 6, visit www.blackberry.com/6.

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