Sunnyvale, CA and Waterloo, ON - Yahoo!® Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), the most used mobile Internet brand,* and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a leader in wireless innovation, have expanded their strategic global alliance to bring Yahoo! services to BlackBerry® users around the world, including Yahoo! Go™ for Mobile, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger.
?Our Yahoo! users want to access our services from all of their connected devices. Together with RIM, we can make it easy for the millions of BlackBerry users to have access to their favorite Yahoo! products and services while on the go,? said Marco Boerries, senior vice president, connected life, Yahoo!. ?By combining Yahoo!'s services, which are some of the most used mobile products in the US, with the truly compelling BlackBerry platform, we are giving consumers a powerful and fun mobile Internet experience.?
?We are pleased to expand our relationship with Yahoo! to provide BlackBerry customers with new and enhanced access to Yahoo! services around the world,? said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and co-CEO at Research In Motion. ?Our collaboration with Yahoo! will deliver increasingly rich content and services, including enhanced support for Yahoo! Mail, to BlackBerry customers in over sixty countries.?
Yahoo! and RIM are working together to introduce Yahoo! Go for Mobile to the BlackBerry platform. Yahoo! Go for Mobile will integrate a full range of Yahoo!'s leading products into a single, comprehensive experience for BlackBerry users. With a single click on a Yahoo! Go for Mobile icon, BlackBerry users will have direct access to a full suite of Yahoo! services, including real-time access to Yahoo!'s community, information and content services.
Yahoo! and RIM are supporting enhanced integration with Yahoo! Mail accounts for BlackBerry users worldwide. BlackBerry users will be able to experience real-time delivery of e-mail messages sent to their Yahoo! Mail accounts and enhanced wireless synchronization of sent and deleted items as well as read/unread message status, providing users with more flexibility to manage their email accounts while on the go. Future development plans will also allow Yahoo! users to wirelessly import, modify and synchronize their Yahoo! Address Book and Yahoo! Calendar entries using their BlackBerry devices.
With Yahoo! Search on BlackBerry, users will be able to enjoy the convenience of direct, one-click access to Yahoo!'s leading Search services through an icon located directly on the BlackBerry main screen.
Yahoo! and RIM are also working together to expand the reach of Yahoo! Messenger to all BlackBerry users worldwide. Yahoo! Messenger allows consumers to access and manage their friends list, see which friends are online, send and receive instant messages, have multiple conversations at once, participate in online conferences and even send and view emoticons. Yahoo! Messenger on BlackBerry delivers a familiar interface and a premier instant messaging experience for mobile users.