America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL), the world's leading interactive services company, and Psion plc (PON:L), a leading developer and manufacturer of mobile computing services for consumer, enterprise and industrial markets worldwide, today announced an agreement to provide AOL members access to AOL's e-mail and instant messaging services via Psion's handheld devices.
Under the multi-year agreement, America Online will develop email and instant messaging functionality for the Revo and Series 5mx Psion devices, enabling AOL members to send and receive email from Psion's handheld devices, and send and receive instant messages from these select Psion devices using a Psion-compatible modem or infrared (IR) enabled GSM mobile phone.
As part of the agreement, Psion will bundle AOL software in the retail packages of select Psion devices and America Online will promote Psion's AOL-ready devices on the AOL service. The two companies will continue to explore additional off and online cross promotion opportunities.
The agreement between Psion and America Online is an extension of the AOL Anywhere (SM) strategy which makes America Online's industry-leading brands and features available to online consumers anywhere, anytime through a range of devices beyond the PC.
Margaret Rice-Jones, Managing Director, Psion Computers, said, "This agreement highlights consumers' increasing interest in finding additional ways to access their favorite online features and services with mobile devices. We are pleased to be working with America Online to bring its members expanded email connectivity and instant messaging particularly as Psion's innovative keyboard-based handheld devices are especially well suited to mobile email and instant messaging applications."
"With our AOL Anywhere strategy, we offer our members multiple ways of accessing their favorite AOL features, wherever they are," said Barry Schuler, President of AOL Interactive Services. Working with Psion offers us a great opportunity to further enhance our members' experience by bringing them additional ways to access their favorite AOL features. We are excited to work with Psion to provide AOL members the ease and convenience of reading and sending emails and instant messages from Psion's popular devices."
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