RIM Receives Approval from Visa for Mobile Payment Solution

Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:30am EST

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Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that its
Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution for NFC (Near Field Communication)
mobile payments has been approved by Visa. RIM's SEM is the backend
solution for carriers that can securely manage credentials on SIM
(subscriber identity module) cards installed in all types of NFC-capable
mobile devices.

    "The approval from Visa of RIM's SEM solution is an important step in
that it will enable carriers to support Visa issuing banks and financial
institutions," said Frank Maduri, Senior Director, NFC Services and TSM
Product Management at RIM. "We now offer carriers a robust solution with
around-the-clock global support that works on any NFC-capable device, and
meets the stringent technology and usability guidelines for Visa." 

    "RIM's success in gaining Visa's formal approval as secure element
manager is a crucial step in expanding RIM's role as a key security
partner for mobile payment solutions around the globe," said Andy
Castonguay, Principal Analyst, at Informa Telecoms & Media. "RIM's secure
network operations center provides a unique combination of global
geographic reach, and has established trusted relationships with hundreds
of carriers around the world with an unparalleled reputation for
security, which sets RIM apart as an SEM partner in the growing mobile
payments space."

    Today's announcement from RIM builds on the recent deployment of mobile
payments in Canada by EnStream, a joint venture of Bell, Rogers and
TELUS, which uses RIM's SEM solution. 

    About Research In Motion

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revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry(R) 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

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