Nokia and Research In Motion Sign BlackBerry Software Licensing Agreement
Espoo, Finland and Waterloo, Canada – November 8, 2002 - Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that they have signed a BlackBerry™ software licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, RIM has granted Nokia the right to use and distribute certain BlackBerry software in conjunction with Nokia products on a global basis.
"As the world's leading mobile phone manufacturer, we understand the power that mobility and messaging have when combined, especially for corporate customers. By signing this software licensing deal with RIM, we are able to provide another compelling option for mobile professionals to manage their email while on the move," said Erik Anderson, Senior Vice President, Nokia Mobile Phones.
"We are pleased to partner with a world leader like Nokia to deliver the popular and proven BlackBerry wireless email experience to Nokia's customers. BlackBerry provides a secure and extensible platform that will enable IT departments to easily support Nokia mobile phones," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.
BlackBerry is a leading wireless enterprise platform that has been widely deployed to provide wireless access to information. The BlackBerry architecture supports enterprise requirements including back-end integration, end-to-end security and push-based wireless applications. Thousands of organizations across North America and Europe already use BlackBerry with expansion beginning in Asia Pacific.
Further details of the non-exclusive licensing agreement between Nokia and RIM were not disclosed.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet, Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is one of the most broadly held companies in the world with listings on six major exchanges.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry™ wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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