New partnership 'could make BlackBerry more business-friendly'

5 May 2009 — 2:00 PM

The BlackBerry Flip is just one that could benefit.

The latest phones from Research In Motion (RIM) could soon be equipped with enhanced business technology thanks to a new partnership.

It was announced this week the group behind the BlackBerry range will enter into a new deal with HP - which is also known as Hewlett Packard - targeting the development of new systems for use with its handsets.

Among these will be the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 system, which focuses on improving levels of productivity for professional users and reducing operation costs.

Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of RIM, said the partnership could deliver a host of different solutions that would "weave mobility" into the day-to-day business of such customers.

"Through our collaboration with HP, businesses will have access to an expanded set of applications and services for their BlackBerry smartphone deployments," he added.

RIM's current BlackBerry range includes the Pearl, Curve and Storm - which is the first touchscreen model the manufacturer has produced.

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