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September 13, 2005
Nokia Does Good
As if Research in Motion didn't have enough headaches, it looks like smaller rival Good Technology is teaming up with big fish Nokia to try to finally bring the Canadian e-mailing giant off its pedestal.
Nokia announced it would begin offering the "Nokia Business Center" server and client to corporate customers around the globe later this year. The mobile phone giant has been intent on gaining more traction in the enterprise space, going so far as to set up shop in New York with former HP guru Mary McDowell in the captain's chair.
The technology and strategy McDowell announced sounds eerily similar to the path Good has been taking this year, including adding support for Lotus Notes and Domino and selling solutions through wireless carriers.
The folks at RIM will probably be quick to note that they work with Nokia too, but I say they might want to start worrying. After all, when the biggest phone player on the block teams up with the biggest wireless carriers to offer deals that could undercut you both in terms of price of handset and e-mail software, that's a problem.
And McDowell as she made the announcement didn't say they want just a few million customers, she said Nokia is going "after the full 650 million corporate e-mail boxes" around the world. Uh-oh, RIM!
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