Research In Motion (RIM) has signed up a number of third party smartphone makers to support its BlackBerry wireless e-mail system in a bid to offer business users greater choice of devices.
RIM is attempting to reduce its reliance on selling its own BlackBerry smartphones to generate sales.
Analysts Gartner said the move is good for both RIM and users, providing firms seek safeguards with their hardware suppliers.
Among the new smartphones now able to support the BlackBerry e-mail system are the Siemens SK65, T-Mobile’s MDA III, Nokia’s 6820 and Sony Ericsson’s P910i.
Users will be able to use these devices equipped with the Blackberry e-mail software to automatically download corporate e-mail from mail servers loaded with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software.
Gartner analyst Todd Kort said, "Enterprises should compare a small number of different devices against BlackBerry devices on the BES platform.
"They should also ask their supplier for device rental options, including maintenance and substitution in case of faults, as well as an option to upgrade to new hardware when available."