IBM and Sony Ericsson have joined forces to provide wireless services to the enterprise market.
IBM Global Services will integrate Sony Ericsson's new P800 smartphone into mobile business solutions, the mobile phone joint venture announced on yesterday at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.
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The suppliers will help businesses to use advanced handsets particularly in the area of field and sales force applications. Field applications include viewing and selecting stored work tasks, using the P800's integrated camera and giving users access to finance and client information stored on corporate servers. Sales force applications include order management, using the improved screen facilities to view orders.
Sony Ericsson's P800 includes a phone, full PDA functions, internet access, camera, and video and music player. It is based on the operating system designed for mobile devices by wireless consortium Symbian.
The handset can be customised with corporate applications. It supports Memory Stick Duo technology to extend memory, thus making it possible to easily back up files and transfer documents, pictures and other files between the handset and a PC.
The P800 smartphone, which began shipping in Europe, Asia and the Middle East at the end of 2002 and is being rolled out in other markets, supports the three 900, 1800 and 1900 GSM bands, allowing customers to use their phones in about 160 countries.