RIM Makes Deals with Microsoft and Symbian

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Research in Motion has announced at CTIA Wireless 2002 today a pair of agreements that will bring its BlackBerry email service to three additional operating systems. These are the Symbian OS and Microsoft’s Pocket PC and Smartphone.

BlackBerry email service allows users to have a secure, wireless extension to their existing enterprise mailbox. BlackBerry’s “push” architecture means email is automatically delivered. Users can read, compose, forward, reply, file, or delete messages.

These companies are obviously expressing confidence that RIM will win its court battle with NTP. In November, a federal court ruled that RIM has infringed on five NTP patents related to wirelessly transferring email. NTP has asked the court to shut down the BlackBerry service. The two companies are currently in court-mandated arbitration.

RIM also introduced its “BlackBerry Connect” licensing program that allows mobile device manufacturers to equip their handsets with the BlackBerry wireless software.


In September of 2002, PalmSource announced an agreement with Good Technology to bring GoodLink to the Palm OS. This is an email service similar to RIM’s.

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