RIM Lets Blackberry Users Do the Talking
The PDA is designed to work over GSM/GPRS mobile networks with Java 2 Micro Edition as its core operating system, RIM says in a statement.
The BlackBerry 5810 joins other
Also bound for the U.S. market is the
The BlackBerry device is aimed at enterprise customers. Versions of the BlackBerry without voice capabilities are currently being used by about 6,500 companies, says RIM spokesperson Tilly Quanjer.
"The BlackBerry 5810 is different from, say, the Treo because it is an end-to-end solution for enterprises and comes with end-to-end security. Plus it has push technology, which means that BlackBerry sends your e-mail to you, so it just arrives, whereas with the Treo you have to download it," Quanjer says.
Though customers can place telephone orders for BlackBerry 5810 through both AT&T Wireless and VoiceStream beginning Monday, pricing was not available. "We have not yet made the pricing public," Quanjer says.
The Treo 180 communicator is
In Canada, RIM has a similar deal with Rogers AT&T Wireless, though a release date has yet to be announced.
In Europe, mobile-phone operator
MmO2 has no plans to demonstrate the BlackBerry 5810 at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, this month, though it will be showing branded versions of the Handspring Treo and the XDA, mmO2's version of the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition, Gordon says.
In other announcements at Comdex Chicago, RIM says it has extended its partnership with IBM to offer RIM's GSM/GPRS products through IBM Global Services. IBM will be the first IT services provider to offer BlackBerry 5810 handhelds to its enterprise customers as part of its business consulting and systems integration services package, the company says.
RIM also announced that it intends to introduce its BlackBerry Web Client in the second quarter. This is a Web-based application that will support POP3, Internet Message Access Protocol, and ISP's e-mail protocols and allow users to access multiple existing email accounts from the device.
Cognos said last week that it will formally announce a partnership with RIM at Comdex Chicago to bring Cognos' new alert and notification system, NoticeCast, to the Blackberry device for e-mail alerts.