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HP and RIM to Bring Wireless Printing to Mobile Workers

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif., and WATERLOO, Ontario--Sept. 11, 2001-- Hewlett-Packard Company and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) today announced plans to jointly develop mobile printing applications for RIM's BlackBerry(TM) wireless e-mail solution and HP printers. The initial application, called the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application and expected to be available in early 2002, will enable customers using BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds to print e-mails and e-mail attachments on network printers located within their businesses' intranet while they are away from their desk or office. Companies that broadly deploy the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application can increase the productivity of their mobile employees by making it easier for them to work with information while leveraging their existing wireless e-mail and document environments. According to the Yankee Group, by 2003 approximately 50 percent of businesses will have implemented wireless data solutions as wireless vendors fulfill the promise of offering high-value, comprehensive wireless solutions(1). "HP shares with RIM a vision of a world in which businesses and individuals can easily access and print information via an always-on Internet infrastructure,'' said George Mulhern, vice president and general manager of connectivity, HP Imaging and Printing Systems. "Today we are taking a giant step forward in providing customers with the means to more effectively use the information they receive, wherever they are.'' "HP and RIM are committed to creating wireless printing solutions that extend the functionality of the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld,'' said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer, Research In Motion. "The combination of BlackBerry's always-on wireless data and the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application creates a powerful tool that will help mobile professionals fully use the information they receive while away from their desks.'' HP and RIM will be demonstrating the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application in the RIM booth no. 2231 during the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless IT and Internet conference from Sept. 11-13 in San Diego.