Nokia announced on March 14th that they have signed an agreement transfering its Bluetooth CompactFlash business to Socket and recommending the Socket Bluetooth card for connecting Windows powered handheld computers and notebooks to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones for high-speed wireless access to email, the Internet and corporate network resources.
This is a major move for Nokia, who was a founding BlueTooth SIG promoting member. However, Socket is a logical choice for Nokia as Socket’s Bluetooth Connection Kit for Windows powered handheld computers was previously awarded Nokia’s coveted “Nokia OK” logo for its compatibility with Nokia’s 6210/6310 Bluetooth mobile phones.
As part of the Socket agreement with Nokia, Socket has acquired and licensed certain Bluetooth technologies that will allow Socket to continue to enhance the Bluetooth solutions it brings to market in the future.
The deal allows Nokia to concentrate on the cell-phone part of the BlueTooth equation, thus stream-lining their busines. The deal also practically assures that Nokia handsets will continue to compatible with Pocket PC hardware as that hardware is a major focus area for Socket products.