Nokia & IBM announce enterprise level mobile solutions

(Just watching the Nokia 3GSM webcast) Nokia & IBM have announced a successor to the Nokia Communicator that will “extend mobility into the enterprise”. The Nokia 9500 will feature GPRS *and* WiFi connectivity and come bundled with vertical business applications.

Technical details:

  • Tri-band GSM capability (two variants: 900/1800/1900 MHz and 850/1800/1900 MHz)
  • GPRS/EGPRS (EDGE)
  • Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b
  • Symbian Operating System 7.0S Platform with J2ME Personal Profile environment
  • In-built VGA camera and Multimedia messaging
  • Bluetooth audio and data support
  • USB connectivity (Nokia Connectivity Cable DKU-2)
  • 80 MB of free user memory
  • Two color (up to 65k colors) displays with
  • 640×200 pixels, Series 80 User Interface
  • 128×128 pixels, Series 40 User Interface
  • E-mail support: POP3, IMAP,
  • Email: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, SyncML
  • Security: SSL/TLS, Ipsec VPN
  • Browsing: HTML/XHTML, HTML 4.01, JavaScript 1.3
  • Office tool support: documents, spreadsheet, presentations
  • Java Personal Profile and MIDP2.0

Companies that have already committed their support for the Nokia 9500 Communicator series include:

  • Cap Gemini Ernst andYoung -Anyplace Mobility Offerings
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. -Wireless LAN infrastructure interoperability
  • Computer Associates -streamlined management of mobile devices
  • Fujitsu -IT services and solutions provider
  • HP – mobile printing solutions
  • IBM – IBM’s WebSphere Everyplace software offerings optimized for the Nokia Communicator
  • Oracle -Access to Oracle Collaboration Suite – email, files, calendar, web conferencing, faxes etc.
  • SAP AG -intends to investigate opportunities for SAP solutions for mobile business arising from Nokia’s Communicator platform
  • Symantec -mobile device Internet security solutions, including firewall and antivirus

Global Developer Support:

Forum Nokia, Nokia’s global developer program, offers multiple resources to support developers in building enterprise applications for the new Nokia 9500 Communicator. SDKs available at launch include Nokia Communicator SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, Nokia Communicator MIDP SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, and Personal Profile Plug-in 1.0 Beta for Nokia Communicator SDK. Developers also can access more than 20 relevant white papers and documents covering topics such as migrating both existing Nokia 9200 Communicator applications as well as existing Series 90 applications to the Nokia 9500 Communicator and guidelines for enterprise development. For more information and downloads of these resources visit www.forum.nokia.com/9500.
(Source: Nokia Press Release)

Please excuse the large quote, but this is going to be huge – in an enterprise context, that is. AFAIK there is no other device today that is aimed that well at the corporate market. The Blackberry looks like a toy compared to the 9500. It would be nice to have a stripped down version of the 9500 available to the consumer market, this could mark the end of the PDA amrket as we know it.

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