Dell to Release Wireless Handheld Next Year

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Dell and Good Technologies have announced a partnership that will eventually lead to the two collaborating on wireless handhelds.

A statement released today said the two were “exploring reference designs for next-generation handheld devices and services to make wireless email and data access easy and affordable.” CNET was able to be more specific. It quotes John Medica, senior vice president of Dell’s Product Group, saying that they were working on a Pocket PC that can access 2.5G cellular networks and use the GoodLink email server software. They hope to have this on the market by next year.

In the mean time, the two will offer Dell PowerEdge servers running GoodLink. “Dell and Good customers can get started right away with a GoodLink wireless system running on Dell servers – and leverage that same system going forward as the backbone to power next-generation devices,” said Danny Shader, CEO of Good Technology.

Good G100 handheld Dell will begin offering the G100 wireless handheld later this year. These run a proprietary operating system and offer “always on” email. GoodLink software allows users to remain connected to corporate email, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks as well as enterprise data stored in CRM, ERP and SFA applications.

Good Technology has been making a serious bid to dethrone Research In Motion (RIM) as the wireless email leader, despite being late to the party. In October, Good announced it was teaming with Microsoft to make the GoodLink software work with Pocket PCs. The company made a similar announcement with PalmSource at about that same time.

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