IBM and Sony Ericsson have teamed up to provide wireless services to the enterprise market.
The companies announced at the conference that IBM’s services arm, IBM Global Services, would integrate Sony Ericsson’s new P800 smart phone into mobile business solutions helping businesses in the area of field and sales force applications.
Field force applications include viewing and selecting stored work tasks, using the P800’s integrated camera and giving users access to finance and client information stored on corporate servers. Sales force applications include order management, using the improved screen facilities to view orders.
Sony Ericsson’s P800 includes a phone, full PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) functionality, Internet access, camera, and video and music player. It is based on the operating system designed for wireless devices by Symbian, a consortium of wireless companies including Sony Ericsson.
The P800 smart phone, that began shipping in Europe, Asia and the Middle East at the end of 2002 and is being currently rolled out in other markets, supports the three 900, 1800 and 1900 GSM (Global Service for Mobile Communications) bands. This allows customers to use their phones in about 160 countries.