Monthly Archive for June, 2005Page 3 of 18

B2B wireless shows strong growth

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Yankee Group analysts have predicted continued strong growth in the USA’s B2B wireless market. Fueling the demand is a mass market for B2B wireless products and services comprised of a growing mobile workforce. Almost 40% of all workers in the US can be considered mobile, which translates into nearly 50 million employees.

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RIM Announces Bluetooth Enabled, Wearable Smart Card Reader

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Research In Motion today announced the BlackBerry® Smart Card Reader(TM), a lightweight, wearable smart card reader that enables controlled access to BlackBerry devices using Bluetooth technology and advanced AES-256 encryption. The BlackBerry Smart Card Reader is scheduled for Beta release in July 2005.

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Motorola Franklin (RAZRBerry) Announced

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Motorola RAZR
Engadget.com has just received a picture of the new candybar type of PDA that is suppose to be the ‘Blackberry-killer’ codenamed Motorola Franklin. Information of Motorola working on a full qwerty device based on the Motorola RAZR cellphone has been around for awhile and was given the nicknamed RAZRBerry by various tech sites. The specs listed for the new device were quad-band GPRS/EDGE, 128MB flash and 64MB RAM memory, Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, MiniSD slot, 2.4-inch 320 x 240 65k color screen, and will apparently run Windows Mobile 5.0 which will only weigh 115 grams.

‘Flirt On the Go’ and Get a Free Blackberry 7290

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Yahoo! Personals are now giving away a free Blackberry 7290 for users who search through Yahoo! Personals for free and sign up to a 2-year voice and data plan. The terms for the free offer stipulates that the customer needs to activate with a 2-year data/voice service agreement at $74.98/mo ($34.99/mo for 4 MB of data, plus $39.99/mo for 450 anytime minutes, 5000 night & weekend minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling with other mobile users on service provider’s network). The offer is only valid in the United States and does require a $36 activation fee.

RIM has been co-promoting heavily with various companies to give away free Blackberrys, including Dockers, Orbitz, PNC Bank, but this is definantely one of the stranger ones. In the beginning they had teamed up with companies that made sense like airlines, travel sites, and car rental companies, now we’re just waiting to post an announcement for a free Blackberry with the purchase of Lucky Charms.

To learn more about the Yahoo! Personal offering, visit here …

JavaOne Starts Today

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JavaOne
JavaOne, an industry conference put on by Sun Microsystems, begins in San Francisco today and will continue through the 30th. All of the manufactuers with java powered operating system will be attending JavaOne, which includes RIM, Nokia, Siemens, and Ericsson.

Anyone that develops or is interesting in developing for the Blackberry platform should stay up to date with the developments from the conference. You can do that by checking out their website and viewing the webcasts:

http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/index.jsp

Onset’s METAmessage Language Support Enhancements

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Onset Technology, a leading developer of enterprise access software for wireless handheld devices, today announced major feature enhancements to its METAmessage Language Support capability for the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion. The capability lets users easily read BlackBerry Organizer entries, email messages and attachments, and SMS messages in language character sets that are not yet directly supported by the BlackBerry user interface such as Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean.

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