RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-02
ACQUISITIONS & INVESTMENTS
Jan 18, 2000 - Nortel invests in RIM, maker of Blackberry and interactive pagers
MobileInfo Advisory and Comments : This is in a succession of other recent news about RIM - RIM/Dell deal to sell Blackberry through their direct distribution channel and RIM/Panasonic Deal to bundle RIM wireless radios for Motient and Bell South Mobitex networks in their Tough notebooks. Now Nortel invests $ 25 million in RIM. RIM is a Waterloo, Ontario company with hot products and is very focused - surprisingly no competition. Motorola, the big player, has its hands in too many pies. How long will it take Palm and others to give this functionality? Is the small keyboard dead? We do not think Palm will match the ease of two-way interactivity of RIM devices until voice-recognition comes along. More appropriately, Palm and RIM devices have their own advantages with some overlap but for those who want interactive messaging as a primary functionality with a pager-like device, RIM still is a better solution. The professional users will have to wait for their all-purpose multifunction device that does everything they want to do on the road easily and intuitively.
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