Research in Motion on Friday announced the news of acquiring San Jose, Calif-based Ascendent Systems, a software maker that connects cell phones and corporate phones. What’s interesting is that RIM is apparently totally undeterred inspite of its recent lawsuit fight with patent holding company NTP.
The acquisition would allow RIM to connect its BlackBerry devices in a similar manner. Ascendent would become a wholly owned subsidiary of RIM. Terms of the deal were not revealed.
Features of Ascendent’s technology would be incorporated into BlackBerry software later in the year. Single voicemails for both office and cell phone, as well as PBX dial tone, call transfer and hold, 4 or 5 digit dialing and conference calling capabilities to mobile users will also become possible.
Ascendent had previously entered into a partnership with of RIM’s through its ISV program, but till date the software applications of the two companies had been sold separately. With the purchase, the software would be amalgamated.
In a statement RIM chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie said, “This deal allows us to further extend and enhance the use of wireless communications in the enterprise by offering a voice mobility solution that helps customers align their mobile voice and data strategies.”
Balsillie denies any concept that the attainment had been put on hold in anticipation of the settlement with NTP. He said the company had been working on the purchase during the settlement process.