O2 to offer Xda II with BlackBerry connectivity

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O2 and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to enable BlackBerry connectivity support on the Xda II later this year. 

With support for BlackBerry connectivity, Xda II users will benefit from the ease of information access and enhanced security capabilities that the BlackBerry platform provides, together with all the functionality of the Xda II including tri-band mobile phone, colour screen, camera, entertainment, games and video, Internet access and Microsoft Windows Mobile software. 

Customers will no longer need to proactively think about downloading their email on their Xda II device. BlackBerry’s always-on connectivity and push-based technology will automatically deliver email directly to and from the user’s Xda II.  BlackBerry integrates with a wide range of email systems, including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISPs, which will enable the Xda II to be a mobile inbox.

Laurence Alexander, Products Director O2 UK said: “It is important to provide the best possible choice for our customers, and users will be able to use the industry-leading wireless communications solution offered by BlackBerry, along with the functionality and flexibility of the Xda II. This package offers an ideal solution, whatever their wireless needs.”

Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at RIM said: ”We are pleased to be working with O2 to provide our end-user customers with greater wireless device choice to suit their individual needs, while enabling IT departments to leverage their existing BlackBerry infrastructure.”

Through RIM’s BlackBerry Connect licensing program, corporate customers using the Xda II will be able to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server using the same secure, wireless architecture and infrastructure that has made BlackBerry such a success in the enterprise sector. The Xda II will also be able to connect to BlackBerry Web Client services for individuals and smaller businesses.

The Xda II provides full-colour, Internet and email access, Microsoft Windows Mobile, a personal organiser, a built in tri-band mobile phone, games and video access. The Xda II includes Bluetooth and optional Wireless LAN capabilities, as well as an integrated camera.