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.
Analyst firm Gartner says the move is good for both RIM and users, provided firms seek safeguards from their hardware suppliers.
Among the 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.
Devices equipped with the Blackberry e-mail software will be able 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."
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