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Blackberry handheld device

Court action may cut off UTSA BlackBerry devices

By Alex Morones
Technical Writer and Editor, Office of Information Technology

(Feb. 6, 2006)--The future of BlackBerry handheld devices is uncertain due to litigation between its parent company (RIM) and the patent holders of the technology used by BlackBerry. Staff in the UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) are monitoring the situation and will release a contingency plan if BlackBerry service is interrupted.

UTSA BlackBerry users should not consider replacing a BlackBerry at this point because OIT currently cannot support TREO devices, the alternative brand of handhelds.

If BlackBerry service is discontinued, users likely will be forced to purchase new handheld devices. OIT will notify users if this is the case. There is a chance the case will be settled before service interruption occurs.

OIT is investigating the requirements to provide support for TREO devices, beginning with the TREO 650. While the TREO functions differently from the BlackBerry, it provides similar e-mail, calendar and other features.

For more information, contact Charlotte Colbert, director of technology support services, at (210) 458-4555.

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