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Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

Beijing, China: Digital China Holdings Limited (Digital China) (Stock Code: 00861.HK) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced a distribution agreement for BlackBerry® smartphones in China. This strategic business initiative will help RIM further expand its business in China by leveraging Digital China’s local expertise and nationwide distribution network. 

The BlackBerry solution is a world-class mobile communications platform that incorporates innovative and industry leading smartphones, software and services to keep mobile professionals and consumers connected with powerful email, messaging, phone, organizer, Internet  and multimedia applications, as well as access to a wide range of other mobile business and consumer applications. 

Commenting on the partnership, Guo Wei, Chairman and CEO, Digital China, said, “As the leading IT service provider and distributor in China, Digital China has always believed in advanced and cutting-edge products that deliver value to Chinese customers. Through this collaboration, RIM will leverage Digital China’s proven professional services and nationwide coverage to reach more customers and to increase the visibility of the BlackBerry solution across the country.” 

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion, said, “We are delighted to reach a distribution agreement with Digital China. Business partnerships are an important aspect of RIM’s strategy and Digital China’s extensive knowledge and market presence will further expand the opportunity for RIM in China.”

About Digital China
Digital China Holdings Limited (“Digital China” or the “Group”; Stock Code: 00861.HK) is the largest IT services provider in China.  Digital China has regional centres in 19 major cities nationwide with 8,300 employees. The Group provides customers with comprehensive IT products and services, driving technological innovations for work and life and enhancing the digitalization process in China. The Group has maintained its No. 1 position in IT product distribution while it has increasingly focused on expanding into IT services.  Digital China remained as one of the top 5 IT services providers across various sectors in China including telecommunication, finance and government by providing self-developed and proprietary products that are customised for specific industry needs.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. 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.

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