The first mobile handset to license the BlackBerry operating system is scheduled to go on sale before Christmas.
The tri-band and Bluetooth-ready Siemens SK65 mobile includes a novel keyboard that swivels out from the back of the phone. Pricing has yet to be finalised.
Other manufacturers are expected to follow with models featuring the BlackBerry operating system, licensed by Research in Motion (RIM), manufacturer of the BlackBerry mobile email platform.
Under the BlackBerry Built-In licensing scheme phone manufacturers will be able to use BlackBerry's email and internet browsing software and ensure compatibility with existing BlackBerry devices.
"RIM are likely to still do their own hardware; they are really taking off in Europe," commented Rachel Lashford, analyst at Canalys.
"The more people using the software the better it is for RIM. They also have a very clever message around the proprietary operating system being good for security."
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