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BT, RIM Introduce BlackBerry Wireless E-Mail to U.K.

[London, ENGLAND] BT and Canadian mobile developer Research In Motion Limited (RIM) announced Tuesday that they are working together to bring the BlackBerry wireless e-mail solution to the U.K.

Designed for corporate users, BlackBerry is a complete, secure, wireless e-mail solution that operates over General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). Its key features are a large screen, easy-to-use keyboard, and "always-on" operation.

BT Cellnet will start trials of the BlackBerry service later this year.

Mike Lazaridis, president and joint chief executive officer at Research In Motion, said the convergence of Internet and wireless technologies with business applications is an unmistakable trend. It would, he said, fundamentally impact the way people work.

"BT Cellnet's decision to invest early in GPRS technology will pay dividends as customers recognize and embrace the potential of the wireless Internet," said Lazaridis.

GPRS provides interoperability between the Internet and existing GSM networks. It uses GSM radio base stations and converts wireless data into Internet packets, using bandwidth only when it is needed. It also supports fast point-to-point communication through wireless handhelds.

Already well-established in North America, BlackBerry gives users mobile access to their corporate e-mail system wherever they travel. Users can keep their existing e-mail address and have no need to dial in to the server. E-mail is "pushed" to the user whenever it arrives.

Other features of BlackBerry are a full-featured organizer, with calendar, address book, task list, memo pad, calculator and alarm. Powerful encryption with Triple DES ensures that all data remains secure.