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BBM Now Lets You Have Voice Chats for Free Over Wi-Fi

BBM Now Lets You Have Voice Chats for Free Over Wi-Fi 
WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- For the times when
you want to hear a friend's laughter instead of reading LOL,
BlackBerry(R) Messenger (BBM(TM)) is taking the social networking
experience to a whole new level with an exciting new feature called
BBM Voice. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today
announced BBM version 7, a free update for the globally popular
mobile social network, which will allow customers to make free voice
calls to other BBM customers around the world over a Wi-Fi(R)
connection(i). 
BBM is a fast, convenient and inexpensive service for BlackBerry(R)
customers that gives them the ability to instantly chat with a
friend, family member or colleague, and know when their message has
been delivered, and read. With the new version of BBM, customers have
a new option - they can talk with their BBM contact across the globe
for free over a Wi-Fi connection. In an instant, customers can switch
between texting and talking, or talk and text at the same time. For
consumers, especially in developing markets, the BBM Voice feature
offers an attractive way to talk with friends and family near and
far, and staying in contact will be easier than ever as the holiday
season approaches. For business customers, BBM Voice allows for
enriched collaboration. 
"BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that
matter to you, and with today's announcement we're expanding the
capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even
greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality," said T.A.
McCann, Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at RIM. "The new
BBM Voice feature is for when you're travelling and you want to call
home without worrying about phone charges. It's for when you have
news you can't wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated
details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are
too big for text, there's BBM Voice." 
BBM Voice includes a number of convenient features. 


 
--  Customers can initiate a BBM Voice call directly, or instantly switch
    from a BBM text chat to talk, and back again. 
--  The split-screen feature allows customers to talk and text at the same
    time, so for example, they can sen
d a picture to their contact while
    talking with them. They can also check other BBM text chats, check
    email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call. 
--  BBM provides a visual indicator that shows when contacts are available
    for a voice call. 
--  BBM Voice is compatible with any accessories a customer has now for
    making voice calls on their BlackBerry smartphone, such as a
    Bluetooth(R) or wired headset. Customers can also use BBM Voice over
    their BlackBerry smartphone's speakerphone. 
--  If it's not an ideal time to talk, customers can simply choose to
    respond by texting back. 

 
Another important feature of BBM version 7 is its integration with a
customer's BlackBerry ID, which is designed to back up their BBM
profile, groups and contacts so they can automatically be restored in
the event they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone, including to a
BlackBerry(R) 10 device.  
BBM version 7 with the new BBM Voice feature is currently available
in Beta for BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry(R) 6 OS or
higher with support planned for smartphones running the BlackBerry 5
OS at a future date. The Beta can be downloaded for free from
BlackBerry Beta Zone(ii). Customers can sign up to BlackBerry Beta
Zone for free at www.BlackBerry.com/betazone.  
For more information about BBM, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbm.  
(i) BBM requires a BlackBerry service plan. The BBM Voice feature
requires a Wi-Fi connection with access to the Internet and may not
be available in all markets.  
(ii) BlackBerry Beta Zone is not available in all markets.  
About Research In Motion 
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry(R) 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 atwww.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. 
BlackBerry, RIM, Research In Motion and related trademarks, names and
logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are
registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world.
All other brands, names and marks are the property of their
respective owners. RIM is not responsible for any third party
products or services. 
Contacts:
Media Contact:
RIM
Sarah Burt
(519) 597-5606
sburt@rim.com 
Investor Contact:
RIM Investor Relations
(519) 888-7465
investor_relations@rim.com
 
 
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