Nokia gets a slice of BlackBerry pie

Finnish phone giant is the latest to make its devices compliant with Research In Motion's wireless e-mail service.

Nokia said on Tuesday that it plans to enhance its Series 80 line so that the mobile devices come preloaded with BlackBerry software from Research In Motion.

The Series 80 family are designed for use by professionals and include devices like the Nokia 9500 Communicator, which combines PDA-like organizational features with phone capabilities. The devices use the Symbian operating system.

The BlackBerry Connect software will let users of the Nokia handsets connect to the BlackBerry wireless service. The software and service let customers access their e-mail, manage their inboxes, and read and edit attachments. Additionally, corporate customers will be able to access e-mail and calendar data using Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino, Nokia said.

The software will also let an individual customer access multiple e-mail accounts from a single mobile device.

Nokia is among a growing number of handset companies that are making their devices compliant with the service of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion.

"By expanding our range of business devices that are enabled with BlackBerry connectivity, we provide customers a broader choice of devices that best suit their work style or lifestyle," Niklas Savander, senior vice president of Nokia’s enterprise solutions' mobile device unit, said in a statement.

Nokia did not announce pricing or shipping details.