Research In Motion today announced it is extending its relationship with Sony Ericsson to bring BlackBerry connectivity to the new Sony Ericsson P990 and M600 phones. The P990 and M600 are based on the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 platform.
The Sony Ericsson P990 and M600 with BlackBerry Connect will allow customers to choose and enjoy the feature-rich capabilities of each phone together with RIM’s popular BlackBerry services. Supported BlackBerry features include push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing through BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) and BlackBerry Internet Service. Additional features supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server include:
– wireless calendar synchronization;
– remote look-up of corporate email address directory;
– Triple DES encryption; and
– IT policy enforcement and commands (such as remotely disabling or wiping data from a device in the event it is lost or stolen).
The P990 is the next in a line of successful Sony Ericsson smartphones (including the P800, P900 and P910) and is based on the same proven concept and recognizable form factor. The M600 provides email capabilities and a mobile phone together in an extremely stylish, slim device featuring a touch-screen display and handwriting recognition software.
“Last year we successfully launched BlackBerry Connect on the P910 with many global operators. We are now looking forward to offering BlackBerry Connect on our latest devices,” said Brendan Press, Head of Enterprise Marketing at Sony Ericsson. “Sony Ericsson is committed to working with partners such as RIM to provide empowering mobile solutions for business customers.”
“We are working with Sony Ericsson to provide customers and carrier partners with a broader choice of handsets that can leverage the unique strengths and reliability of the proven BlackBerry platform,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Connect and the BlackBerry platform provide a powerful and optimized wireless solution that is designed to satisfy the distinct requirements of end-users, IT departments and carriers.”
For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data. For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
The Sony Ericsson P990 and M600 phones with BlackBerry Connect will be demonstrated at the RIM and Sony Ericsson booths (#B42, Hall 8 and #BO2a, Hall 8 respectively) at 3GSM from February 13 – 16, 2006.