News | October 18, 2000

Aether Systems Announces Availability of BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds on with Service and Support from Aether

Source: Aether Systems, Inc.
OWINGS MILLS, MD, October 2, 2000 –Aether Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: AETH), a leading provider of wireless data products and services, announced today that leading online retailer,, will offer BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™ with service and support provided by Aether. BlackBerry™ is an end-to-end wireless email solution developed by Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). The BlackBerry handhelds can be purchased at the Electronics store (

To begin using the wireless email, consumers will be instructed to turn to Aether, which manages activation, customer care and billing. Both BlackBerry models (RIM 950™ and RIM 957™) – once activated by Aether – provide anywhere, anytime access to email and other personal information management services.

"With selling the device and Aether providing service and support, it's a winning combination for the consumer," said John Clarke, Vice President of Hosting Services for Aether.

The monthly fee for the 'BlackBerry by Aether' messaging service is $39.95; while the handhelds are currently being offered for $399 for the RIM 950 and $499 for the RIM 957. Aether, will market 'BlackBerry by Aether' through a national print and on-line advertising campaign.

"It is our goal to continuously delight our customers with an ever increasing selection of the latest electronic devices," said David Pulda, divisional merchandise manager for Amazon Electronics. "By offering BlackBerry devices with Aether's services, customers have an exciting solution for wireless e-mail access."