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IBM to Offer BlackBerry Wireless Solution to Enterprise Customers


Somers, N.Y - 24 Jan 2001: Research In Motion® Limited (RIM®) (Nasdaq:
RIMM; TSE: RIM) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) intend to join forces to provide RIM's
BlackBerryTM integrated, wireless email solution to companies
internationally, enabling mobile professionals to enjoy access to corporate
email wherever they go.

Under the planned collaboration, IBM Global Services will add
BlackBerry-based solutions to its portfolio of wireless solutions. In
addition, IBM will establish a competency team with delivery capability for
mobile enterprise systems, to focus on the integration of BlackBerry
handhelds with enterprise email and intranet backend systems. The team
will provide business consulting and design, as well as systems integration
services.

"Customers today are asking IBM Global Services to help them extend their
enterprise communications to the wireless world and to deliver complete
mobile e-business solutions," said Dean Douglas, general manager, mobile
e-business, IBM Global Services. "With this collaboration, we will be
able to provide end-to-end services for a leading wireless email solution
using BlackBerry with IBM's enterprise services."

"IBM Global Services has extensive experience providing full-service mobile
solutions to the enterprise," said Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO of
RIM. "The combination of IBM's expertise and experience in enabling
enterprise system for wireless combined with our very user-friendly
technology creates the ideal corporate mobility solution."

The solution will provide companies with the flexibility and convenience to
complete a variety of wireless enterprise activities, including reading and
sending email, logging on to corporate intranets, updating calendars, and
accessing automated sales tools.

Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer
of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market.
Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM
provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information
including email, messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM
technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and
manufacturers around the world to enhance their products and services with
wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products includes
the RIM Wireless Handheld product line, the BlackBerry wireless email
solution, wireless personal computer card adapters, embedded radio-modems
and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo,
Ontario, RIM operates offices in Canada, the United States and England. RIM
is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSE: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.net. Investors may
contact investor_relations@rim.net. Customers may contact info@rim.net.

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services
provider, with 1999 revenues of more than $32 billion. Services is the
fastest growing part of IBM, with more than 138,000 professionals serving
customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad
range of capabilities -services, hardware, software and research- to help
companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology.
For more information visit www.ibm.com/services.

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Research In Motion, RIM, and BlackBerry are trademarks of Research In

Motion Limited. Research In Motion and RIM are registered with the U.S.

Patent and Trademark Office. All other companies and products listed herein

are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the

"safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation

Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking

statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation,

risks relating to possible product defects and product liability, risks

related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange

fluctuations, continued acceptance of RIM's products, increased levels of

competition, technological changes, dependence on intellectual property

rights and other risks detailed from time to time in RIM's periodic reports

filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other

regulatory authorities.

Contact(s) information

Kelli Gail
IBM
212-745-3350
kelliga@us.ibm.com

Rebecca Winter
Brodeur Worldwide for RIM
203.399.8241
rwinter@brodeur.com

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