As Research In Motion's patent dispute with NTP plays out in court, deep-pocketed rivals such as Microsoft and Nokia are developing their own wireless e-mail systems that could challenge BlackBerry. While RIM still dominates the market, analysts expects competitors to gain share as they roll out more devices equipped with mobile e-mail technology.
Nokia's new effort to "bring mobile e-mail to the corporate masses" may pack the punch to steamroll small e-mail providers and eventually go head-to-head with rivals such as Research in Motion and Microsoft, BusinessWeek reports. To jump-start the offering, Nokia is undercutting competitors in a crucial area: price.
Nokia has detailed plans for its Nokia Business Center corporate e-mail system, which the Finnish company is marketing to everyday workers with mobile phones, not just executives and salespeople. The service will be available on 13 Nokia phones, as well as Java-based smartphones made by rival companies.