palmOne Will Not Offer RIM Software
palmOne will not offer users access to Research In Motion BlackBerry wireless e-mail service for the foreseeable future, according to CEO Todd Bradley in a recent interview.
According to the article, RIM will not be integrated or included with a palmOne branded device anytime soon. PalmSource has recently announced a relationship with RIM to make the BlackBerry Connect solution available to Palm OS licensees.
RIM has traditionally offered its e-mail service through their own devices, but has recently made similar licensing deals with Nokia and Symbian. palmOne partners with RIM's competitors Visto and Good Technology for enterprise email solutions.
The main factor behind the Bradley's decision is a patent lawsuit brought on by NTP Inc. Nokia recently decided not to begin offer RIM software on a Nokia handset because of a patent lawsuit brought against the company in the US. NTP holds a number of US patents on wireless email systems and claims RIM is infringing on a number of them. The case was first brought up in late 2001 and is expected to go to trial before the end of the year.
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