The QWERTY Nokia E71 has just been made available in a lot of markets recently, and its alphanumeric keypad-equipped sliding brother Nokia E66 is readily waiting on the wings for more corporate customers, but many will be shocked to find out that neither handset will support RIM’s BlackBerry Connect.
BlackBerry Connect has long been a friend of corporate e-mail users, since it’s been a system that’s been up and running for quite a long time now and currently supported by a lot of handset manufacturers outside of RIM, even Nokia itself. But word on the street is that Nokia officially ditched BlackBerry Connect in favor of a new e-mail service it will launch as part of the introduction of its newest Eseries smartphones.
In an interview with Mobile Magazine, Nokia UK’s managing director spilled the beans as to why Nokia has killed their connection with BlackBerry Connect.
“RIM is a competitor and has done a reasonable job in a space that is traditionally ours, so it’s no great surprise that we see this as an opportunity to give consumers a proper choice on what e-mail solutions they want.”
In place of BlackBerry Connect, Nokia has put up Nokia e-mail in an attempt to make e-mail as mainstream as possible, and not just confined to the heavy-using corporate customer.
Via Information Week
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