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E*Trade Expands Wireless Platform

Menlo Park, Calif.-based E*Trade Group Inc. has added RIM Wireless Handhelds from Research In Motion Ltd. to the array of Web-enabled devices through which customers can access the service.

E*Trade said it now has integrated wireless brokerage and banking service across all three major platforms -- browser-enabled phones, Palm OS PDAs and RIM Wireless Handhelds. RIM is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The always-on RIM Wireless Handheld allows users to access E*Trade's MarketFlash for real-time quotes, news and market updates, or to log onto Mobile E*Trade for wireless access to their accounts. Financial arrangements between the companies were not disclosed.

The E*Trade/RIM solution was developed with technology provided by Everypath and Aether Systems Inc.

"The addition of RIM Wireless Handhelds meets the demanding needs of our most active investors, which according to a recent Jupiter Research report, is the group that expresses the greatest interest in trading stocks over wireless devices today," said Jim Safka, vice president of global product marketing for E*Trade.