BlackBerry hooks up with Novell and Vodafone

Research in Motion is continuing the proliferation of its BlackBerry wireless platform, announcing a new partnership with Novell...

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Research in Motion is continuing the proliferation of its BlackBerry wireless platform, announcing a new partnership...

with Novell and an expansion of its relationship with Vodafone.

Both deals aim to gain more enterprise customers for the company, which is already seeing strong demand for its BlackBerry wireless e-mail devices.

The company has gained more than 200,000 new subscribers last quarter breaking the one million subscriber barrier at the end of February.

RIM said it hoped to increase this number by adding support for Novell's GroupWise 6.5 collaboration and communication software to its forthcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.0, due out later this year.

The partnership will offer companies using GroupWise the ability to perform a managed roll-out of BlackBerry devices, which allow users to access their e-mail and other corporate data wirelessly. BlackBerry Enterprise Server already integrates with the Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino platforms.

The partnership will give RIM access to Novell's millions of customers, who are estimated to comprise 12% of the worldwide systems e-mail market.

The company also hopes to expand its global reach with support from Vodafone in New Zealand.

Vodafone is launching the BlackBerry 7230 Wireless Handheld for enterprise customers in mid-July, and support for individuals featuring the BlackBerry Web Client later in the year.

The BlackBerry Web Client has an internet-based e-mail interface that allows users to access multiple corporate or personal e-mail accounts from a BlackBerry device.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service



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