IBM Embedded Software Gives AT&T and Sprint Customers Access to Lotus E-mail
ARMONK, NY - Aug 2008: To power businesses and consumers with mobile Web computing capabilities, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that it has expanded its relationship with AT&T, Inc (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), and other wireless carriers to provide broader e-mail access to their customers who use IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software on their hand-held devices.
AT&T and Sprint have certified for use by their customers, IBM’s Lotus Notes Traveler software which enables wireless replication of Lotus Notes e-mail, calendaring, and personal information management (PIM) data on select smartphones.
IBM’s Lotus Notes Traveler software can be loaded with all of the set up information pre-configured. This means it is now “wireless replication-ready” as soon as the customer starts using his new device. Standard data usage charges apply.
The devices from AT&T that have this capability are the AT&T 8525, AT&T Tilt, Moto Q Global, Palm Treo 750, PantechDuo (Mustang C810), Samsung Blackjack, and Samsung Blackjack II (i617). The devices from Sprint to include it are the Touch by HTC™, Samsung ACETM, Palm® Treo™ 700wx and Palm® Treo™ 800w. There are more than 140 million Lotus Notes and Domino licensed users worldwide.
This is part of IBM’s global initiative to promote mobile access to its open collaboration software to increase customer loyalty as more people, both business and consumer, migrate daily activities to the mobile Web. In a sign of the times, more and more mobile device makers and service providers are partnering with IBM to capitalize on the flexibility and growing popularity of IBM’s open standards-based software as an alternative for their customers. These agreements initially focus on Lotus Notes Traveler, but will expand to include additional IBM solutions that empower the rapidly growing mobile work force in North America and Europe and eventually to the emerging markets of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
“Collaboration addresses the needs of workers no matter where they are. A leading differentiator for wireless carriers will be the richness of the capabilities they can carry on their networks to empower the growing mobile work force,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Collaboration and Messaging Software.
This is another key milestone in IBM’s strategy of making its profit engine -- software -- ubiquitous, whether its presence is apparent to the person using it or not. IBM has revitalized its collaboration business under the Lotus brand with 15 consecutive quarters of revenue growth culminating with a 21 percent surge in the second quarter of 2008. A near term outgrowth of this comeback has been a major push into the mobile market as handheld devices become more prevalent than land lines, PCs and credit cards.
In recent months, IBM launched software support to enable rich new applications for Sprint smartphones by embedding Lotus Expeditor software into the Sprint Titan mobile phone development platform. The open, Eclipse-based Lotus Expeditor enhances technology by extending its use into new capabilities.
Additionally, Sprint customers can now get mobile access to their corporate email accounts on select non-PDA Sprint phones such as the new Samsung InstinctTM. Easy access to IBM Lotus Notes and other corporate email accounts is now available through Sprint Mobile Email Work, as an extension of Sprint Mobile Email’s existing access to personal email accounts from other companies. For details visit www.sprint.com/mobileemail.
In another significant development, IBM and Research in Motion (RIM) took mobile collaboration to a new level by launching the full line of Lotus collaboration software along with IBM Cognos business intelligence software on BlackBerry® handsets through a seamless interface, for providing a desktop-like experience on a handheld device for the first time.
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