Feeds

RIM signs IM pacts

Partners with popular device maker HTC, too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Research in Motion today put in place a pair of partnerships to boost the use of instant messaging on its Blackberry platform. The Canadian company signed deals with Yahoo! and AOL to bring their respective IM clients to the Blackberry.

The mobile email specialist has also inked a deal to incorporate its software on future handsets from Taiwanese Windows Mobile-based smart phone developer HTC.

In addition to AIM support, RIM said it will also bring AOL ICQ services to Blackberry, and improve links between the platform's email system and AOL Mail.

RIM already has a partnership with Yahoo! to deliver optimised content to the Blackberry. That's now extended to Yahoo! Messenger which, like AOL Instant Messenger, will appear on the Blackberry fully-branded. RIM said it will also enhance its support for Yahoo! Mail too, soon.

The agreements strengthen Blackberry's repertoire of communications media, particularly as IM becomes more commonplace among business users as well as consumers, and could accelerate IM's usage in the mobile communications arena as an alternative to SMS, one with better support for other, non-mobile devices too.

Usage of either IM client will be conditional on the backing of the networks, as will pricing. AIM will only be available through "AOL authorised" networks, for example; RIM and Yahoo! said they would both work to help carriers bring YM services to customers. YM will be pre-installed on Blackberry devices "in the coming months", RIM said.

Separately, RIM said HTC will bundle Blackberry Connect on the handset maker's devices, in particular those with integrated keyboards, the currently shipping 'Blue Angel' and the upcoming 'Universal'. However, HTC said the deal will "quickly expand" to its other Windows Mobile smart phones too.

Blackberry Connect delivers the Blackberry handheld's push email and PIM services on other devices. Making such services accessible to non-Blackberry owners is a tricky strategy for RIM, given that more than 70 per cent of its revenues come from hardware sales. Siemens recently began shipping its SK65 handset which relies on Blackberry Connect. ®

Related stories

Vodafone preps 3G, Wi-Fi palmtop smart phone
Orange next-gen smart phone details leak
Orange preps latest own-brand smart phones
T-Mobile unveils Sidekick-styled 3G device
RIM rejects NTP patent win
RIM revenues rise
RIM infringed NTP patents, appeal court rules
Siemens touts Blackberry-based business phone

Related reviews

Nokia 9300 Communicator
HTC 'Magician' PocketPC phone
HTC 'Blue Angel' Wi-Fi PocketPC phone

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app
An app and service where other people 'see' for you
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.