Telstra, Nokia team up on Blackberry

Telstra and Nokia have teamed up for a new BlackBerry-enabled Nokia handset that will provide users with access to an "always on" e-mail solution via a mobile phone.Telstra business and government mobile sales and solutions managing director, Murray Bergin, said this latest innovation and future devices would help boost up-take of the technology.

Telstra and Nokia have teamed up for a new BlackBerry-enabled Nokia handset that will provide users with access to an "always on" e-mail solution via a mobile phone.

Telstra business and government mobile sales and solutions managing director, Murray Bergin, said this latest innovation and future devices would help boost up-take of the technology.

"This latest BlackBerry innovation means Telstra's business customers can use the same secure, push based wireless technology that currently supports thousands of users Australia-wide to access corporate e-mail through a Nokia handset," Bergin said.

BlackBerry services, introduced in Australia in September 2002, are designed to provide users with always-on access to important information wherever they are in Telstra GSM coverage areas.

Bergin said Telstra has sold the BlackBerry solution to almost 350 Australian corporations, with more than 6000 users.

Included in the features are tri-band support for worldwide international roaming to approved countries, a BlackBerry Solution for the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) market and consumers, and a BlackBerry Desktop Redirector Solution which allows users to take advantage of the push e-mail, voice and SMS without the need to install IT infrastructure.

Bergin said the launch of the Nokia 6820 device, which provides access to the BlackBerry solution, is the latest measure in the advancement of BlackBerry in Australia.

Alex Lambeek, general manager Mobile Phones & Multimedia Nokia Australia said "In a recent study by Nokia, 77 per cent of the business professionals surveyed in Australia said that they always need to access their email while away from office. Recent studies have also shown that full or QWERTY keyboards are the most popular input mechanism for text - preferred by 53 percent of users."

Bergin said some of Australia's largest companies and government organisations have already adopted Telstra's BlackBerry solution.