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SK Telecom and RIM Introduce the First Touch-Screen BlackBerry Smartphone in South Korea

The New BlackBerry Storm2 Features Innovative Technology, Advanced Communications and Multimedia Features for Both Work and Play

Seoul, South Korea: SK Telecom and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the first touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone - BlackBerry® Storm2™ - for customers in South Korea. The BlackBerry Storm2 offers advanced communications and multimedia features, enabling customers to stay connected to co-workers, friends, family and a broad range of content while on the go.

The BlackBerry Storm2 offers South Korean customers a new mobile experience based on a powerful touch-screen design that can meet their needs for work and play.

Key Features

  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate
  • Large (3.25”), dazzling, high resolution 360 x 480 display at 184 ppi
  • Capacitive touch-screen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu, Escape) and innovative SurePress™ technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless
  • Global connectivity support: UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) networks
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • 2 GB of onboard memory storage and a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected to support 32 GB cards when available
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the user is on the phone
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music, and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs to enable synching data such as contacts and calendar appointments between a computer and the smartphone
  • A 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
  • Bluetooth® with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours of standby time
  • BlackBerry® Browser with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone will be available from select SK Telecom authorized retail channels in early August. For further details on pricing and availability, please visit www.mysmart.co.kr/blackberry or contact SK Telecom’s authorized retail channels.

* Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM) 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, 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.

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