BlackBerry Connect Solution to be Offered on Symbian OS-based Nokia Series 80 Mobile Devices
September 7, 2004
London, United Kingdom and Waterloo, Canada - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Symbian Limited today announced plans to enable BlackBerry® Connect™ on Symbian OS™-based Series 80 mobile devices, such as the Nokia 9500 Communicator. With BlackBerry Connect, Nokia customers will be able to connect to BlackBerry wireless services, enabling always-on, push-based wireless access to email, email attachments and calendar. Both BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ and BlackBerry Internet Service™ will be supported.
“Symbian is working closely with RIM to enable Nokia’s Series 80 customers to enjoy the benefits of wireless data,” said Marit Doving, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Symbian. “The robust functionality of Symbian OS combined with the push-based BlackBerry platform will provide Series 80 customers with an easy to use powerful communications solution almost anywhere in the world.”
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Symbian and Nokia to allow Series 80 mobile devices to connect to BlackBerry services,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “With BlackBerry Connect support, Nokia's customers in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific will be able to realize significant productivity benefits through enhanced connectivity and carriers will be able to leverage their success with the BlackBerry platform in conjunction with Symbian OS-based Series 80 mobile devices.”
“Nokia works in cooperation with innovative companies such as Research In Motion and Symbian to bring the most feature-rich mobile solutions to the market,” said Niklas Savander, Senior Vice President of Nokia Enterprise Solutions’ Mobile Device unit. “By expanding our range of business devices that are enabled with BlackBerry connectivity, we provide customers a broader choice of devices that best suit their workstyle or lifestyle.”
Nokia’s Series 80 mobile devices are typified by a rich and intuitive user interface. The Nokia 9500 Communicator, for example, has a full QWERTY keyboard and multi-way scroll, or ‘joystick’ for easy user interface navigation. With the Series 80 device, professionals are able to easily read, view and edit attachments, reply, and effectively manage their email inbox.
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange or IBM Lotus® Domino™ (Novell GroupWise support is expected to be available later this year) to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and calendar.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows push-based access to multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts).
Symbian OS is the global market leader in open operating systems for smartphones, and is licensed to the world’s leading handset manufacturers, which account for over 85 per cent* of annual worldwide mobile phone sales. Symbian OS combines the power of an integrated applications environment with mobile telephony, bringing advanced data services to the mass market.
The BlackBerry Connect solution for Nokia Series 80 Mobile Devices is expected to be available in Q1 2005.
About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and more than 15 million have been sold to date. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo). www.symbian.com
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion 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.
* Source: Gartner, December 2003 (Mobile Terminal Market Shares: Worldwide, 3Q03)
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