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Press release from CNW Group

Next-generation BlackBerry® 7 smartphones to hit MTS shelves

Monday, August 22, 2011

Next-generation BlackBerry® 7 smartphones to hit MTS shelves12:40 EDT Monday, August 22, 2011Stock Symbol:  MBTBlackBerry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 available in coming weeksWINNIPEG, Aug. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - MTS customers will soon be able to get their hands on the next-generation of BlackBerry® 7 smartphones including the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will make its debut at the end of August followed by the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone in early October. Both smartphones run on the new BlackBerry 7 operating system."Since we launched our 4G network in March, MTS has seen increasing demand for smartphones and we are pleased to make available to our customers throughout Manitoba the latest BlackBerry devices," said Stan Kurtas, Vice President, Marketing, MTS. "We are always working to bring our customers the latest in technology and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 are both high performing smartphones built on the new performance driven platform - BlackBerry 7 OS."Building on the popular BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones, the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware and features the new BlackBerry 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. It also features a large 3.2 inch high resolution touch display and a distinctive BlackBerry keyboard that easily slides out to allow for faster typing.The BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone at only 10.5 mm and is the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 also includes built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.For more information about the full range of smartphones available on the Company's 4G network, please visit www.mts.ca/4g. To learn more about the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry Bold smartphones, please visit www.blackberry.com.About MTSMTS is division of MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.Forward-looking Statements DisclaimerThis news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about our corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives,  planned activities, future financial results and performance that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast, anticipation or projection in such forward-looking statements.  Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar terms.Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section and elsewhere in our most recent annual MD&A and any subsequent quarterly MD&As, as well as our most recent Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Please note that forward-looking statements reflect our expectations as at the date hereof.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.For further information: Media: Jessica Poitras Corporate Communications (204) 941-7823 media.relations@mtsallstream.com