NOKIA  TO  ENABLE  BLACKBERRY  CONNECT  ON  SERIES 80  DEVICES

MANILA,
October 4, 2004 (STAR) Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, has announced plans to bring a Symbian OS-based BlackBerry Connect solution to market on its Nokia Series 80-based mobile devices like the Nokia 9500 Communicator.

The Nokia 9500 Communicator will be able to connect to BlackBerry services from Research in Motion (RIM), including support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry’s Internet service, enabling push-based e-mail, attachment viewing and calendar access.

Nokia’s mobile devices based on the Series 80 platform are typified by a rich and intuitive user interface.

The Nokia Communicator family represents a state-of-the-art Series 80 product that 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 read, view and edit attachments, reply and effectively manage their e-mail inbox.

The Symbian operating system is the most robust and optimized OS for mobile business devices.

Series 80 is a standards-based development platform providing an excellent open programming environment for top-performance enterprise applications.

"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," Savander added.

For individuals and smaller businesses, the BlackBerry Internet service allows push-based access to multiple existing business and/or personal e-mail accounts from a single device.

For corporate customers, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and calendar.

Nokia was the first mobile phone manufacturer to offer BlackBerry-enabled mobile phones. The Nokia 6820 messaging device, enabled with BlackBerry e-mail connectivity, has been available since February this year.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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