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WhatsApp Messenger Launches on BlackBerry 10

WhatsApp Messenger Launches on BlackBerry 10 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) --
03/13/13 -- WhatsApp Inc., the company behind WhatsApp Messenger, and
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced that WhatsApp will
bring a native version of its popular mobile messaging service to the
BlackBerry(R) 10 platform. 
BlackBerry 10 provides an ideal platform for social apps such as
WhatsApp Messenger to fully leverage innovative new features like
BlackBerry Flow, where apps work together, sharing information with
each other to quickly lead the customer intuitively to the
information they need and to give them the ability to immediately
take action. 
"BlackBerry has always been about bringing people together in a way
that is fast, reliable and impactful," said Martyn Mallick, Vice
President of Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry.
"WhatsApp is a leading mobile messaging app that connects people to
their contacts on several platforms, and we are pleased to work with
WhatsApp to bring their service to our customers." 
"BlackBerry has been a great platform for WhatsApp for many years,"
said Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp. "Delivering WhatsApp on
BlackBerry 10 devices is in line with our goals of ensuring that our
customers around the world can continue to communicate with the most
important people in their lives." 
In building a native application for the BlackBerry 10 platform,
WhatsApp has been able to provide a fantastic user experience that
leverages the true multi-tasking capabilities of BlackBerry 10.
WhatsApp Messenger for BlackBerry 10 provides a high quality
messaging experience that utilizes real-time push notifications to
alert you when you receive messages - even when the screen is locked. 
Fully integrated into BlackBerry Contacts, when the customer launches
the app for the first time, WhatsApp can automatically scan existing
phone numbers in the contact directory and extract the ones using
WhatsApp, to help customers build out their contacts list and get
started right away.  
WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry 4.6 and higher is available
in BlackBerry World (www.blackberryworld.com).  
About BlackBerry  
A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized
the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry
aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the
world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences.
Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates
offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:BBRY) and the
Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:BB). For more information, visit
www.blackberry.com.  
About WhatsApp Inc. 
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which
allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows
Phone, Android and Nokia. 
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. 
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:
Victoria Berry
BlackBerry Media Relations
519-888-7465 x77273 
Investor Contact:
BlackBerry Investor Relations
519-888-7465
investor_relations@blackberry.com
Contacts:
WhatsApp Inc.
Neeraj Arora
press@whatsapp.com
 
 
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