BlackBerry & TomTom make a Deal

RIM has announced today that they have partnered with mapping and navigation company, TomTom to offer real-time mapping, navigation and traffic data to the BlackBerry application BlackBerry Traffic. This is great news and I love using BlackBerry Traffic and it will be nice to see how BlackBerry Traffic improves from here. Below is the press release:

Press Release

NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TomTom today announced that Research In Motion (RIM) is using TomTom’s award winning real-time traffic services for BlackBerry® applications. BlackBerry® Traffic is now powered by TomTom HD Traffic, giving customers access to the most accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date traffic information on the market. Additionally, TomTom maps and location content is used in BlackBerry® Maps, and for BlackBerry® Locate Services, which gives 3rd party software developers access to the mapping and traffic information for their own apps.

“Through our strategic relationship with RIM, we are enabling the future of mobile travel with powerful location content and real-time information, including HD Traffic,” said Nuno Campos, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TomTom Licensing. “TomTom’s market-leading real-time traffic information will provide BlackBerry customers with the best mobile travel experience.”

“We’re thrilled to work with TomTom to leverage their industry-leading traffic and travel content for BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Maps, and to enable access to those capabilities for BlackBerry developers as well,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances and Business Development at Research In Motion.

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T-Mobile Picks Equipment for LTE Network

T-Mobile has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks and LM Ericsson AB to supply the network equipment for its new wireless broadband network, a project worth $4 billion.

T-Mobile USA is making the announcement on the first day of CTIA Wireless, the U.S. cellphone industry trade show, in New Orleans. T-Mobile is building a ‘4G LTE’ Network like that of Verizon Wireless and AT&T, they hope to have the network go live next year and will cover 75 percent of the 25 largest cities.

It will use, in part, radio frequencies handed over by AT&T after the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T fell through earlier this year. AT&T also gave T-Mobile $3 billion in cash that will help to finance these network upgrades. T-Mobile is the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., with 33.2 million devices on its network. It’s a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany