Brightstar Expands Global Reach Into Africa With RIM Distribution Agreement

By Brightstar Corp., PRNE
Sunday, December 12, 2010

RIM Selects Brightstar to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in Seven African Countries

MIAMI and WATERLOO, Ontario, December 13, 2010 - Brightstar Corp., a multi-billion dollar global services company
providing solutions to manufacturers, operators, retailers, and enterprises
in the telecommunications industry, today announced an expansion of its
distribution agreement with Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM)
into Africa.

Brightstar will leverage and expand its presence in Africa and begin
distributing BlackBerry(R) products to seven countries in the Sub Sahara
Africa region, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cote D'Ivoire, Uganda,
Tanzania and Mozambique.

Through its distribution centers and staff in Africa, Brightstar will
initially distribute the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8520 and BlackBerry(R)
Bold(TM) 9700 smartphones, in addition to BlackBerry software and
accessories. The BlackBerry smartphones will be available from various
network operators and retail outlets throughout Sub Sahara Africa.

"This expanded agreement underscores the strategic nature of our alliance
with RIM and our growing global presence within the industry," said Arturo
, President Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Brightstar. "We look
forward to taking our customized channel solutions and insights and working
together to bring a larger portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones into this new

"We are pleased to further our relationship with Brightstar in order to
expand our reach in the market. We look forward to working with Brightstar to
bring more BlackBerry smartphones to more countries in Africa," said Deon
, Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa at RIM.

For more than five years, RIM and Brightstar have enjoyed a strong and
growing global relationship and, with today's announcement, the companies
have now expanded their collaboration to 67 countries and regions. In
addition to Africa, Brightstar currently distributes BlackBerry products to
network operators, retailers and Value-Added Resellers (VARs) in the United
, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar is a multi-billion dollar global services company providing
solutions to Manufacturers, Operators, Retailers, and Enterprises serving the
telecommunications industry. With sales and distribution facilities on six
continents, Brightstar offers its customers the largest global reach,
enabling the right product to be in the right place, at the right time. For
more information on Brightstar, please visit

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion, a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R)
solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry 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
and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (Nasdaq:
RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit or

    Brightstar Media Contact:
    Michele M. Merrell
    Brightstar Corp.
    Tel: +1-305-921-1484

    RIM Media Contacts:
    Christa Botha
    Corporate Communications Manager: Sub-Sahara Africa
    Research In Motion (RIM)

    Del-Mari Roberts
    Idea Engineers (PR agency for RIM)

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Brightstar Media Contact: Michele M. Merrell, Brightstar Corp., +1-305-921-1484, michele.merrell at; or RIM Media Contacts: Christa Botha, Corporate Communications Manager: Sub-Sahara Africa, Research In Motion (RIM), or Del-Mari Roberts, Idea Engineers (PR agency for RIM), +2711-803-0030, delmari at

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