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Wireless e-mail service expands support

/ Source: The Associated Press

Good Technology Inc., a service provider of wireless e-mail for corporations, expanded its product line Monday hoping to make inroads in mobilizing business software.

In a move that heats up the competitive mobile market, the Santa Clara-based upstart said it is moving beyond e-mail and will work to let corporate customers wirelessly access other commonly used programs across a wider variety of portable gadgets.

Besides working on handhelds based on Microsoft Corp's Pocket PC and palmOne Inc.'s Palm platforms, Good's service will soon also be compatible with rugged, industrial handhelds made by Symbol, as well as certain Nokia Corp. cell phones based on the Symbian operating system.

It has partnered with business software giants such as Siebel Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp. to help deliver customer data, supply chain information, and other critical business programs over the air, on either cellular or Wi-Fi networks.

"This will open us up to not just the corporate elite, but the folks who make corporations work," Good Chief Executive Danny Shader said in a phone interview.

Privately held Good Technology launched its wireless messaging system in 2002 in direct competition with leading provider Research in Motion. They are among many companies vying for business customers seeking powerful computing features in compact, portable devices.