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BlackBerry Bandwagon

Companies vie for your business, RIM-style.

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This story appears in the March 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Research In Motion made us want always-on e-mail by bringing its wireless BlackBerry to 12,000 large corporations. But BlackBerry requires a big back-end server using something like Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes. So what about those smaller enterprises that don't want the overhead?

Companies like Cingular, Motient and Earthlink are hopping aboard the BlackBerry concept, offering similar services to owners of Motorola, Novatel and Palm handhelds. Some utilize separate wireless inboxes; others use Web-based POP3 and IMAP accounts along with software that redirects desktop mail.

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