RIM's Lotus Position

Relatively slim pickings in this week's new-product roundup, with a smattering of software and a connectivity gizmo onboard. Perhaps all the vendors are keeping their powder dry for 3GSM in February?

Lotus Blossoms: BlackBerry promises tighter integration between its enterprise software and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM)'s IBM Lotus Sametime and IBM Lotus Domino.

The Canadian BlackBerry maker has developed collaboration tools for IBM's workhorse business software platform that include one-click software that converts instant messages into voice calls, and code that allows users to generate maps on a BlackBerry handset that can be shared in a Lotus Sametime session.

The two firms are showing off the advances at this week's annual Lotusphere show in Orlando, Fla.

Sony Sync: Meanwhile, even though Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is a bitter handset rival with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications , apparently all's fair with love and sync. The Finnish vendor has just ported its IntelliSync wireless email software onto two new Sony Ericsson devices -- the WiFi-enabled P990 and M600 handsets.

Of course, widespread device support is one way to attract enterprises to deploy Nokia's wireless email over other vendors. There's certainly no shortage of competition in the market with BlackBerry , Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) all active in this market now.

Kyocera's Remote Hotspot: Here's another twist on the personal broadband conumdrum, Kyocera Corp. (NYSE: KYO) is offering a USB appliance that can connect remotely to the Internet via CDMA EV-DO Rev A and support several WiFi connections.

The Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router PC supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO or the new Revision A specification and creates a remote mobile 802.11b/g hotspot with a laptop, desktop PC, or even a WiFi-enabled cellphone.

The Rev A gizmo can support download speeds reaching over 1 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 800 Kbit/s. The KR1 Mobile Router is compatible with most PCMCIA EV-DO cards, including the Kyocera Passport KPC650, or with most USB-enabled EV-DO handsets.

The boost in speed will become more relevant to U.S. consumers over 2007 as both Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Verizon Wireless roll out more Rev A markets this year.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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