LONDON (01/31/2000) - Motorola Inc., the U.S. communications firm and London-based Psion PLC have signed a nonexclusive deal to develop wireless devices using Symbian technology, the companies announced today.
Psion, makers of the connected handheld PDA (personal digital assistant) Revo, and Motorola will jointly develop the products for various worldwide markets, including Europe, North America and Asia, the companies said in a statementThough both company logos will appear on products, they will be marketed separately, Motorola and Psion said.
The first product, expected by mid-2001, will be a hand-held Internet device with integrated voice and data capabilities, Motorola and Psion said. Motorola and Psion declined to disclose terms of the agreement, including product development costs.
Motorola and Psion both own stakes in Symbian Ltd., creator of the EPOC operating system used in Psion's handheld computers and licensed for use in future generations of mobile phones. Other shareholders are Matsushita Communications Industrial Co. Ltd., Nokia Corp. and L. M. Ericsson Telephone Co.
In related news, Motorola also announced today it has signed a deal to upgrade the core network of Deutsche Telekom AG's mobile subsidiary, T-Mobil GmbH to support high-speed packet data services. Motorola's Network Solutions Sector (NSS) will supply T-Mobile with a nationwide general packet radio service (GPRS) core network system by mid-2000, Motorola said in a separate statement.
GPRS is a technology which enables mobile terminals to remain permanently connected to the Internet, and transmit data at much higher rates than is possible with GSM mobile phones.
Though the deal is a "multi-million dollar" agreement, the contract itself does not allow Motorola to disclose the exact terms financially, Motorola's U.K. spokeswoman, Beth Sharples said.
Motorola, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be contacted at 1-847-576-5000 or at http://www.mot.com. Psion, in London, can be reached at +44-171-317-4100 or at http://www.psion.com/. T-Mobil can be reached at +49-228-936-1700 or at http://www.t-mobil.de.