RIM to develop BlackBerry with Motorola, Nextel

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RIM to develop BlackBerry with Motorola, Nextel Thursday January 24, 4:04 PM EST RESTON, Va., Jan 24 (Reuters) – Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (RIMM) and network carrier Nextel Communications Inc. (NXTL) said on Thursday they would work with Motorola Inc.(MOT) to develop a BlackBerry wireless e-mail device with voice and data capabilities. The device will operate on Nextel’s national network and use Motorola’s iDEN technology, along with technologies from RIM in a joint-licensing agreement between the two wireless device makers. Shares of RIM soared more than 11 percent or C$3.82 to C$37.72 on the Toronto Stock Exchange and jumped 12 percent or $2.45 to $23.60 on Nasdaq, as investors cheered the long awaited move by RIM to license its e-mail technology to a major mobile phone maker. The RIM e-mail device, which features a black and white screen and small keyboard, is currently not voice-enabled in North America.



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