Lotus teams with Ericsson, Nokia for Notes

IBM subsidiary Lotus Development Corp. announced an agreement with cellular phone makers L.M. Ericsson Telephone and Nokia on today to put a mobile version of Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino on cell phones and other wireless devices by year's end.

Lotus will jointly market and distribute its mobile device software with each company, said Jim Pouliopolos, Lotus' senior mobile and wireless marketing manager. The software allows customers to access business applications like e-mail, calendars and address books via phones that use WAP (wireless access protocol).

Ericsson will integrate Lotus software into its R380 smartphone and future communicator products. The R380, which uses the Symbian Ltd. EPOC platform, is a cellphone/PDA (personal digital assistant) hybrid due for release in the second half of the year. Lotus and Ericsson plan to provide access to Lotus Domino Everyplace Access Server via the new phones, along with instant messaging capabilities through the Sametime Everyplace server.

Nokia also plans to ship Lotus Mobile Notes and Domino Everyplace Access Server software on a phone slated for release later this year, the 9210 Communicator. The 9210 will also be a phone/PDA hybrid operating on the EPOC platform, with a full keyboard and color display and data transmission speeds of up to 43.2 K bps.

Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, can be reached at +358-10-5051 or via the Web at http://www.nokia.com/. Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000, or via the Web at http://www.ericsson.com/. Lotus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-617-577-8500 or at http://www.lotus.com/.

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