HP and Sprint PCS Form Alliance

Hewlett-Packard Company and Sprint PCS plan to jointly market and sell the HP Openmail Anywhere solution as part of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web for Business. The solution enables business customers to wirelessly access their corporate e-mail on Sprint PCS Internet-ready.

HP and Sprint PCS will provide access for enterprises that want their employees to be able to wirelessly access their electronic mailboxes, folders and directories while they are out of the office or on the go. Companies that choose to deploy the HP Openmail Anywhere solution will be able to respond to their e-mail, look up names in their directories and manage their corporate information on any one of 18 Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phones. HP's wireless e-mail solution leverages the HP Praesidium Virtualvault Web server platform to ensure secure remote access through the corporate firewall. Sprint PCS business customers will have the benefit of this built-in security.

The two companies have agreed to work together to deliver the wireless data solution to Fortune 2000 Enterprise customers. Sprint PCS and HP also plan to market the solution through Openmail resellers and application service providers (ASPs) to small- and medium-sized businesses. The joint solution is expected to be rolled out to key companies over the next few months.

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