IBM, Sony Ericsson team in mobile service

IBM and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB are teaming to provide wireless services to the enterprise market.

IBM Global Services, the service arm of the Armonk, New York, IT manufacturer, will integrate Sony Ericsson's new P800 smart phone into mobile business solutions, the Japanese-Swedish mobile phone joint venture said Monday in a statement released at the 3GSM World Congress conference and trade show in Cannes, France.

IBM and Sony Ericsson will help businesses to use advanced handsets, particularly in the area of field and sales force applications, according to the statement. Field force applications include viewing and selecting stored work tasks, using the P800's integrated camera and giving users access to finance and client information stored on corporate servers. Sales force applications include order management, using the improved screen facilities to view orders.

Sony Ericsson's P800 includes a phone, full PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) functionality, Internet access, camera, and video and music player. It is based on the operating system designed for wireless devices by Symbian Ltd., a consortium of wireless companies including Sony Ericsson.

The handset can be customized with corporate applications. It supports Memory Stick Duo technology to extend memory, thus making it possible to easily back-up files and transfer documents, pictures and other files between the handset and a PC.

The P800 smart phone, which began shipping in Europe, Asia and the Middle East at the end of 2002 and is being currently rolled out in other markets, supports the three 900, 1800 and 1900 GSM (Global Service for Mobile Communications) bands, allowing customers to use their phones in about 160 countries.

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