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NII Holdings Launches the BlackBerry Curve 8350i, the Most Powerful Push-to-Talk Smartphone with Wi-Fi Capabilities, in Latin America

February 19, 2009

The powerful and feature-rich BlackBerry Curve 8350i empowers NII subscribers in Latin America to push their business to new heights

RESTON, Va., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NII Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NIHD) today announced that Nextel Argentina, Nextel Brazil, Nextel Mexico and Nextel Peru will offer the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8350i smartphone. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is the first BlackBerry smartphone in Latin America to offer this unparalleled combination of services and features with Nextel’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk (PTT) service along with premium phone features, the industry’s leading email and messaging capabilities, web access, productivity applications and rich multimedia capabilities. Also, it includes Wi-Fi(R) and 128MB of internal memory. This powerful and flexible smartphone for mobile business users is available exclusively to Nextel customers in Latin America.

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone and the industry-leading Push-to-Talk service will provide one-touch, instant and effective communication between NII subscribers and over 10 million iDEN subscribers in North and South America. In addition to enabling easy access to personal and corporate email, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i comes with built-in Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, 128MB of memory and an expandable memory slot for additional storage to help subscribers in Latin America push their business to new heights.

“Responding to the needs of our high-value customers in Latin America, we set out to provide a powerful smartphone with integrated business solutions that allow for enhanced productivity and efficiency,” said Greg Santoro, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for NII Holdings. “This ‘must have’ smartphone is the perfect business solution for customers who require instant communication combined with the BlackBerry platform’s leading data services.”

“The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone puts the exceptional communications experience of Push-to-Talk service at your fingertips together with the full power of the BlackBerry platform,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at RIM. “We are pleased to continue strengthening our successful partnership with NII Holdings by working together to bring this feature-rich smartphone to the Latin American market.”

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone delivers powerful wireless business tools, making day-to-day activities more efficient and cost-effective. By combining the power of BlackBerry(R) data services – email, messaging and Internet access – with the instant connectivity of Push-to-Talk, users have access to on-the-spot solutions for all their business needs.

To facilitate adoption and encourage productivity, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone integrates easily into the IT networks of organizations that use the BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Solution to address key business requirements such as:

  • Centralized management and support for IT departments with wireless IT policies;
  • Advanced security features like AES and Triple DES encryption and password protection;
  • Business grade functionality that further supports communication and collaboration.

USB devices are a thing of the past with the BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone’s file storage capabilities. The handset offers 128-MB of onboard memory as well as the ability to use expandable memory for storage with a microSD/SDHC card memory slot supporting up to 16 GB of storage per card so people on the go can carry a wealth of content – such as PDFs, spreadsheets, images or music – along with them.

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone unites performance, usability and style with a sleek black exterior and a full-QWERTY keyboard for facilitating text-based communication. Other design highlights include:

  • An easy-to-use trackball for navigation and an intuitive interface enabling easier adoption, which can reduce the need for costly training or support;
  • An internal antenna improving appearance and decreasing overall dimensions;
  • A large 320 x 240-pixel display that makes viewing information easy
  • The ability to view and edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents directly on the smartphone
  • Advanced multimedia capabilities that include a music player, and 2-megapixel camera with video recording*

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is also supported by a wide range of multimedia applications and other integrated mobile business solutions including GPS-enabled solutions. For example, when used with BlackBerry(R) Maps or other location-based applications and services, users can access turn-by-turn text directions and other navigation features to keep them on the right path.

* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.

About NII Holdings, Inc.

NII Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of mobile communications for business customers in Latin America. NII Holdings, Inc. has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile offering a fully integrated wireless communications tool with digital cellular voice service, data services, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect(R) and International Direct Connect(R), a digital two-way radio feature. NII Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol NIHD and is a member of the NASDAQ 100 Index. Visit the Company’s website at http://www.nii.com.

Nextel, the Nextel logo, Nextel Online, Nextel Business Networks and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.

Press Contacts for RIM / BlackBerry

    Argentina
    Deborah Rosano
    + (5411) 4576-5072
    drosano@imsmarketing.com

    Brasil
    Daniela Giuntini
    + (5511) 3047-4501 / 3047-4505
    dgiuntini@imsmarketing.com

    Mexico
    Adriana Guzman
    + (5255) 5250 - 4096
    aguzman@imsmarketing.com

    Peru
    Susana Rovai
    + (511) 2428706
    srovai@imsmarketing.com

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

    Contacts:
    Investor Relations: Tim Perrott
    (703) 390-5113
    tim.perrott@nii.com

    Media Relations: Claudia E. Restrepo
    (786) 251-7020
    claudia.restrepo@nii.com

SOURCE NII Holdings, Inc.


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