Nokia enables Oracle applications on phones

Mobile workers can now access some Oracle Corp. applications from two of Nokia Corp.'s newest enterprise-focused phones, the companies said on Tuesday.

Users of Nokia's E61 and E62 phones can access Oracle's Mobile Field Service work schedules and job information while out of the office.

Phone users can also view, edit and create entries within Oracle's Siebel Wireless applications for sales, service and partner relationship management.

The two phones that support the applications are part of Nokia's Eseries, which began selling earlier this year and are targeted at enterprise customers. The E61 looks similar to the popular BlackBerry.

The offering is available immediately.

Earlier this year, Nokia introduced access to some Oracle applications on a few other smartphones including the Nokia 9300 and Nokia 9500 Communicator.

While a wide range of companies offer services and software that can push corporate e-mail out to cell phones, those developers are increasingly focusing on enabling wireless remote access to other corporate applications. BlackBerry users, for instance, can access a variety of enterprise applications. IAnywhere Solutions Inc. is one developer of a software platform that enterprises can use to mobilize corporate applications.

Nokia continues to push its enterprise solutions group despite several quarters of losses from the division. However, during the third quarter, Nokia recorded a 60 percent increase in Eseries phones sales. Nokia said it expects even better sales of the business-focused devices in the fourth quarter.

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