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Subject:  Palm allies with Symbian Date:  10/13/1999  11:29 AM
Author:  TomCayman Number:  685 of 4031

This is a great board, but it is a little US-centric, I'm afraid to say.

This is a big world and the majority of cellphones sold worldwide are made by non-US companies.

Not coincidentally, all of the big cell makers are partners in Symbian, as is Psion, the originators of EPOC.

Now today comes the news that 3COM's Palm have agreed to make their platform EPOC compatible, which will give both companies a leg up on the next generation of wireless devices.

Apart from being the death knell for WinCE in handhelds, the really interesting question is will this be a mutually beneficial arrangement for Palm and Symbian, or will one company try to bury the other under the guise of this "agreement".

Comments today from Kessler of Palm tend to indicate the latter, but (IMHO) it is Symbian that will win out, due primarily to the adoption of Symbian by the biggest mobile phone makers.
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