Good Inks Deals With Sprint, Microsoft

Blackberry competitor Good Technology turned up the heat on the market leader on Monday, announcing several new deals with Sprint PCS, IBM and Microsoft, as well as announcing support in four new languages.

The biggest announcement of the day was Good's deal with Sprint, which will allow the wireless operator to sell directly to customers rather than through a third party. The deal would allow business customers to combine their phone and GoodLink service onto a single bill.

GoodLink allows its users to connect to their company's Exchange server to check and send e-mail, view contacts and their calendar, as well as create and view notes and tasks.

The program comes in an Outlook-like interface that can be used on several different devices, allowing the customer to select the device that is best for their use. Blackberry on the other hand can only be used on Blackberry approved devices.

Good also announced that its software would now work on Microsoft based smartphones -- initially the Motorola MPx220 and Audiovox SMT5600 through Cingular Wireless -- and plans are in the works to extend compatibility to Symbian handhelds from Nokia.

Also today, Good committed to a roadmap to support IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino applications.

"Enterprise-class wireless handheld computing is built on three key components—rich end-user software that supports broad handheld choice, integration with back-end enterprise applications, and a secure, managed wireless infrastructure and service," Danny Shader, CEO of Good Technology said.

Finally, Good announced new support in French, Italian, German and Spanish. According to the company, 6,500 organizations across 120 carriers in 55 countries now use the service, and the expanded language support would allow current multi-national customers to offer native language support for more of their employees.

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