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Motient, Research In Motion Expand Business Relationship

[Waterloo, CANADA] Research In Motion Limited (RIM) and Motient Corporation have expanded their business relationship. RIM will now be reselling Motient's network services in conjunction with the BlackBerry wireless e-mail solution through RIM's distribution channels.

Under the terms of the new agreement, RIM expects to add 50,000 BlackBerry subscribers to the Motient network during the next 12 months. This sales activity is incremental to RIM Wireless Handhelds already ordered by Motient for sale by Motient's distribution channels in the provisioning of Motient's eLink branded e-mail service and other wireless offerings.

"New and existing customers are now able to take advantage of the geographic coverage, in-building penetration, capacity, and reliability of the Motient network," said Walter Purnell, Jr., Motient president and chief executive officer.

"Existing customers who already have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) will be able to add RIM 850 and RIM 857 handhelds to their existing BES without any modifications required."

BlackBerry is a secure, integrated, wireless e-mail solution developed by RIM that allows mobile professionals to enjoy untethered access to their corporate e-mail wherever they go.

Motient (NASDAQ:MTNT) owns and operates an integrated terrestrial/satellite network and provides a wide range of two-way mobile and Internet communications services principally to business-to-business customers and enterprises.

Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM, TSE:RIM)is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software, and services, it provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, messaging, Internet, and intranet-based applications.