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Samsung and RIM to offer Blackberry connectivity for Samsung wireless handhelds.

Samsung and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX: RIM) has announced plans to enable BlackBerry connectivity on Samsung wireless handhelds.

RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program will help Samsung enable its wireless handhelds to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server using the same secure, push-based wireless architecture and infrastructure that currently supports thousands of companies and government organizations around the world. The companies also intend to work together to enable Samsung handhelds to connect to BlackBerry Web Client services for individuals and smaller businesses.

"We are excited to work with RIM to integrate BlackBerry wireless data connectivity with Samsung wireless handhelds," said Mr. H. Woo Kim, VP of New Business Development Team, Mobile Communication Division at Samsung. "We are committed to providing our business customers with the best available solutions to meet their wireless data needs and we believe BlackBerry connectivity will be a popular choice with our customers."

"Samsung is a highly respected leader in the wireless industry and we are extremely pleased to begin this collaboration. Today's announcement further demonstrates the widespread and growing appeal of BlackBerry around the world and we believe our joint efforts will significantly strengthen the overall BlackBerry offering for our customers," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry connectivity support on Samsung handhelds will provide carriers and customers with a wider choice of devices to satisfy different needs and preferences."
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Title Annotation:Research In Motion
Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Feb 2, 2004
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