If you are a Novell GroupWise user you may already know that you couldnâ€™t get your BlackBerry to do all the cool things that your friends at other companies that use Lotus Notes or Exchange could get their BlackBerrys to do. That is because, until a few months ago, there was no BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) for Novell GroupWise. The days of GroupWise Administrators having to set up a completely different mail system for Executives just so they could use a BlackBerry are over. Those Admins should also have to worry less about individual users forwarding all of their company email to personal email accounts so that they could use BlackBerry Internet Service on their own. Iâ€™ll bet one of the longest lines at this weeks Novell BrainShare 2005 conference will be right in front of the Research in Motion booth as GroupWise customers line up to discuss deployments of BES in their organizations.
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St. Lucia, East Caribbean and Waterloo, Canada – Cable & Wireless Ltd. and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to offer BlackBerryÂ® to customers in the Eastern Caribbean islands. Cable & Wireless Ltd. will initially offer the BlackBerry 7280 Wireless Handheldâ„¢, a tri-band 850/1800/1900MHz device that features a high-resolution color screen, international roaming capabilities, and the best combined email/data/phone experience. BlackBerry will be available in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & Grenadines and will operate on Cable & Wirelessâ€™ GSM/GPRS network.
Indosat, an Indonesian based telecommunications company, and Research in Motion, today announced plans to launch BlackBerry Internet Service in Indonesia. BlackBerry Internet Service gives small businesses that donâ€™t have the infrastructure for BlackBerry Enterprise and Individual users a wireless solution for â€œAlways Onâ€ email.
â€œIndosat was the first to commercially launch BlackBerry in Indonesia in December last year. With its success in the corporate market, we are now extending BlackBerry to individuals and businesses of all sizes for the first time in this country,â€ said Hasnul Suhaimi, Indosat Consumer Market Director.
Today, Research in Motion announced a $450 million dollar settlement with NTP, a Virginia based patent holding firm with several patents around wireless email technology, that resolves all current and future litigation and grants RIM and its customers the right to continue with its BlackBerry-related business and licenses RIM on all passed, present and future NTP patents.
RIM will pay to NTP US$450 million in final and full settlement of all claims to date against RIM, as well as for a perpetual, fully-paid up license going forward. The amount relates primarily to settlement of past damages, and includes the judgment and money escrowed to date totalling US$137 million (the US$152 million previously accrued included approximately US$15 million in other litigation related fees). It is expected that a substantial portion of the US$313 million, which is the balance of the settlement amount, will be expensed in the fourth quarter, ended February 26, 2005.
Shares of Research in Motion (RIMM) shot over 10% higher in the passed two days on speculation that the Ontario, CA based company will settle its patent infringement dispute with Virginia based NTP. The two companies that have been entrenched in a legal battle for several years met in front of a US judge for a settlement conference last Friday. Rumor has it that these settlement talks may have been spurred on by license agreements between NTP and Good Technology, one of RIMâ€™s biggest competitors. In January, counsel for Research in Motion stated that RIM would not settle with NTP and was prepared to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.
If you use a BlackBerry, you probably work in an office, and if your office is like every other office in the country, you have an office pool on the NCAA Tournament. Well, there is no need to huddle around the cube of the guy with the handheld TV. The makers of Pocket Express are offering a free 30 day trial of Pocket Express and their Express Sports Sport Ticker that delivers real time updates, previews, box scores, and stories directly to your BlackBerry Handheld.
Reasearch in Motion today announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo Instant Messenger, and ICQ will be available on new handheld units and that Yahoo will be available as a free download for exsting units. These services, and others are now available via thrid party applications but the new aggreement will be for actual client software installed on the handheld units that use the networks push email technology for communication.
The Messenger services on the BlackBerry platform will allow consumers to see which friends are online, send and receive instant messages, have multiple conversations at once, participate in online conferences and even send and view emoticons.
Taoyuan, Taiwan and Waterloo, Canada – High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (TAIEX: 2498) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to expand distribution of BlackBerryÂ® Connectâ„¢ on Windows Mobile-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world.
Carriers will soon have access to a wider variety of Windows Mobile-based HTC devices with BlackBerry Connect. In addition to previously announced models from HTC, new initiatives will include the deployment of BlackBerry Connect on HTCâ€™s current generation of keyboard-based devices and will quickly expand to a wider deployment of Windows Mobile-based HTC devices.
TORONTO (CP) – California-based Good Technology Inc. said Friday it has agreed to licence five patents from NTP Inc., the U.S. company that claims the rights to key technology used in Research In Motion’s BlackBerry products.
Good Technology offers “always on” push email communication services that competes with BlackBerry but offers their services on a variety of handset models by different manufacturers. NTP is the Virginia based holding company that currently is entangled in a legal battle with Research in Motion, claiming that RIM has infringed on several patents around remote email technology that they hold.
The Royal Bank of Canada revoked PIN rights for all of it employees at its brokerage firm who deal directly with clients Wednesday. PIN messaging or Personal Identification Number messaging allows BlackBerry users to send messages directly to other BlackBerry users, bypassing the BlackBerry Server. This poses security issues because of the lack of auditing on these messages. If a user were to delete a PIN message before syncing back to a BlackBerry Server, the message could be lost forever. This could violate many regulatory requirements overseeing electronic communications.