Nokia throws BlackBerry Connect off new handsets

Nokia throws BlackBerry Connect off new handsets

Summary: The Finnish manufacturer's new E-series business handsets will not work with the BlackBerry email client, as Nokia wants to give users a 'proper choice' of email software

TOPICS: Networking

Nokia will not be allowing BlackBerry Connect on its new E-series business handsets.

A spokesperson for the handset manufacturer confirmed to on Friday that the E71 and E66 would not work with the email client, which allows users of some non-BlackBerry devices to connect to BlackBerry servers.

Quoted in Mobile, Nokia's UK managing director Simon Ainslie said the manufacturer saw this move as "an opportunity to give consumers a proper choice on what email solution they want". Ainslie also dismissed BlackBerry as being for "the corporate boardroom group of individuals", whereas Nokia aimed to "make email a mass-market proposition for everybody".

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In a Friday statement, RIM said it "continues to work with various smartphone manufacturers (including HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Palm) to offer BlackBerry Connect to customers. Nokia offers BlackBerry Connect with the 9300i, 9300, 9500, E50, E51, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70 [and] E90".

RIM did not, however, offer direct comment on Nokia's decision to keep BlackBerry Connect off the E71 and E66.

Nokia had also not, at the time of writing, confirmed whether other new or future handsets would lack BlackBerry Connect compatibility.

Topic: Networking

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  • Losing it?

    Nokia had a good thing going for business solutions with its Communictaor series. Then they decided to drop telefax-function, neglecting that in business a lot of fax-traffic is still going strong. Despite that "fact", Nokia preferred to add a radio and 2 camera's instead of a fax.
    Now Nokia decided to drop Blackberry Connect?!? With friends like that working as strategic developers, who needs enemies?
    Nokia, think again and be what made you attractive for a lot of professional users. If you do this to pave the way for your own push e-mail system, reconsider as well: the choice should be left to the users, and it should be determined by quality, not by taking away options.
    Hopefully this message is also read by someone at Nokia who has any influence on the rudder of the vessel.