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Holiday season comes early for Canadian shoppers

Virgin Mobile Launches BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone for $49.99 on a 3 year plan

(TORONTO, ONTARIO) 24 novembre 2008

(TORONTO, ONTARIO) November 24, 2008 – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Virgin Mobile has announced the availability of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM). The launch of the Blackberry Curve follows hot on the heels of Virgin Mobile's recent successful launch of the popular BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8130 smartphone.


The BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone from Virgin Mobile Canada is available for a tasty $49.99 on a three-year plan. Plus, for a limited time, it comes with an 8GB microSDHC memory card so you can store thousands of songs to take on the go. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Mobile lovers can hook up their new BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone to Virgin Mobile’s great new $15 unlimited personal and work e-mail data plan.


"We’re thrilled to have added the BlackBerry Curve to our brilliant phone line-up. The BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Pearl smartphones from Virgin Mobile are made to fit your life. They let you do everything you want, whenever you want, at a price that won’t break the bank," said Andrew Black, president and CEO of Virgin Mobile Canada. "You can do everything you love on the go: surf the web and Google to your heart’s content, connect to sites you can't live without like Facebook and Flickr and get all the entertainment you can handle with streaming video and radio and 3D gaming. You get all this right in your pocket with a smartphone that does it all, on a plan made especially for you, from the company you’ll love being with."


Getting a BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone from Virgin Mobile couldn’t be simpler. Just choose any myPlan™ monthly package; add on your preferred bundle from any of Virgin Mobile’s five great options for BlackBerry smartphones; and then message away! Like all Virgin Mobile monthly packages, there's no system access fee, no 911 charge and no charge for incoming text - saving consumers more than $7 off their average monthly bill.


Weighing in at only 114 grams, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 comes in a compact and user-friendly design with clean lines, soft edges and a liquid silver finish. It features a highly tactile and ergonomic full-QWERTY keyboard as well as built-in GPS, a 2 MP camera with video recording capability*, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, high resolution display and is Bluetooth® compatible, including stereo Bluetooth.


Want one?

Virgin Mobile’s $15 unlimited personal and work email data plan and the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone are available now from select Virgin Mobile Retail Stores across the country or by calling Virgin Mobile Customer Care at 1-888-999-2321. It will become available at additional Virgin Mobile retailers over the coming weeks. For further details on please visit www.virginmobile.ca.


Want to know more?

Head to www.virginmobile.ca/blackberry and learn what makes getting a BlackBerry smartphone from Virgin Mobile taste so good.


For more information on the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone visit www.blackberry.com/blackberrycurve


*video recording requires microSD/SDHC memory card


About Virgin Mobile Canada

The Virgin Mobile group of companies has attracted more than 10 million customers worldwide. As the #1 mobile youth network, Virgin Mobile Canada’s mission is to connect, entertain, and reward like nobody else. Its simpler, better deals offers customers control, flexibility, and choice to design mobile packages that truly works for them. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Virgin Mobile highest in customer satisfaction with prepaid wireless service, for four years in a row[1], 91% of customers would recommend Virgin Mobile to a friend, and a 2007 independent survey confirmed that Virgin Mobile has the happiest customers of any of the national cell phone companies in Canada.


Virgin Mobile phones are available at more than 4,000 locations with top-up cards available at more than 10,000 locations nationally. Virgin Mobile products can also be purchased online at http://www.virginmobile.ca or by calling 1-888-999-2321.


The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries.

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