T-Mobile USA to Offer First 3G BlackBerry Smartphone with Voice Calling over Wi-Fi

Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:05am EDT

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New BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile delivers 3G speeds, Wi-Fi Calling, GPS
and more
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(Business Wire)--
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry
Bold 9700 with Wi-Fi Calling from T-Mobile. It will be the first 3G-powered
BlackBerry smartphone available through T-Mobile USA, and also the first
smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) that includes
built-in support for both 3G connectivity and voice calls over Wi-Fi. 

Powerful and refined, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone offers top-of-the-line
performance, functionality and features with a sophisticated, high-gloss black
finish, chrome highlights and leatherette back. It includes support for 3G HSDPA
networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256MB Flash
memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g). 

"Increasingly, T-Mobile customers are expanding the use of their BlackBerry
smartphones by communicating with friends and family online and through the
latest applications and services," said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing
officer, T-Mobile USA, Inc. "Customers deserve a fast and reliable broadband
experience, and that`s what we`re delivering with the new BlackBerry Bold on
T-Mobile`s nationwide 3G network." 

For people who need to be connected, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone
provides the industry`s leading mobile e-mail and messaging solution, and access
to popular social networking applications, such as Facebook. It features RIM`s
distinctive, fretted highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for fast and accurate
typing, and an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad, which makes for a
great navigation experience. It also features rich multimedia capabilities with
a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and video recording; a sharp,
dazzling high-resolution display; and a music and video player. 

"The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 delivers state-of-the-art features and performance
in a compact and beautifully designed handset," said Don Morrison, chief
operating officer, Research In Motion. "This sleek and powerful 3G smartphone
offers an incredibly refined mobile experience that is ideal for both personal
and professional use." 

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers easy access to BlackBerry App World, the
official app store for BlackBerry smartphones, enabling customers to browse and
download fun and functional mobile applications to their phone. Many
applications are readily available directly on the smartphone, such as Slacker
Radio for easy access to free music, TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn
directions, and visual voicemail for easier access and response to voicemails. A
hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot provides additional storage for
multimedia files and archiving applications with a 2GB memory card included and
support for 32GB cards when available. 

T-Mobile`s rapidly expanding high-speed 3G network provides a fast and reliable
connection that now covers 170 million people in more than 235 cities
nationwide, and by the end of the year is planned to be available to
approximately 200 million people across the U.S. 

T-Mobile customers can continue to get great mobile coverage and unlimited
nationwide Wi-Fi Calling with T-Mobile`s Unlimited HotSpot Calling service or,
for business customers, the new Wi-Fi Calling with MobileOffice solution*. 

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 with Wi-Fi Calling will be available from T-Mobile in
time for the holiday season. Customers will be able to purchase at T-Mobile
retail stores, select authorized dealers and online at http://www.T-Mobile.com. 

Before retail availability, customers can learn more about the BlackBerry Bold
9700 smartphone from T-Mobile at http://www.T-Mobile.com/Bold. 

*Unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi Calling requires Unlimited HotSpot Calling mobile
plan or Wi-Fi Calling with MobileOffice service, qualifying rate plan, broadband
Internet connection and wireless router. Regular plan minutes are used when call
does not originate on Wi-Fi network. For more information about Unlimited
HotSpot Calling, visit http://www.T-MobileAtHome.com. myFaves only applies to
calls directly between two people and allows unlimited nationwide calling to
five U.S. numbers. Use of some device features may require a specific plan and
incur separate, additional charges. See T-Mobile.com for rate plan information,
charges for features, and services and other details. 

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About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of
Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2009, almost 150
million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the
Deutsche Telekom group - 33.5 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common
technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world`s most widely used digital
wireless standards. T-Mobile`s innovative wireless products and services help
empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent
research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions
throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more
information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally
registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the current
views of Deutsche Telekom management with respect to future events. The words
"anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan,"
"project" and "should" and similar expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current
plans, estimates, and projections, and therefore you should not place too much
reliance on them. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most
of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond Deutsche Telekom`s
control, including, without limitation, those factors set forth in
"Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" contained in Deutsche Telekom`s
annual report on Form 20-F filed on February 28, 2008. If these or other risks
and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of these
statements prove incorrect, Deutsche Telekom`s actual results may be materially
different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Deutsche Telekom
does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking
statements. 

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the
exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. All other
brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the
properties of their respective owners. Neither RIM nor T-Mobile assume any
obligations or liability and make no representation, warranty, endorsement or
guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

T-Mobile USA
Media Relations, 425-378-4002
mediarelations@t-mobile.com

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