Motorola Makes Email Push

It boosts its wireless messaging side by buying Good Technology.
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Make no mistake,

Motorola

(MOT)

is pushing into wireless email.

The Schaumburg, Ill., tech titan agreed Friday to buy closely held wireless messaging outfit

Good Technology

.

The deal gives CEO Ed Zander & Co. a hand in the rapidly growing wireless email market, and a weapon against the increasingly popular BlackBerry from

Research in Motion

(RIMM)

.

Last year at this time, No. 1 phone maker

Nokia

(MOT)

agreed to buy wireless email system maker Intellisync.

Like BlackBerry, Good Technology sends office email to mobile phones, keeping workers connected while away from their desks. This so-called push email was originally favored by an influential but tiny segment of cell phone users. People like analysts, executives and other hard-chargers who needed to stay in the loop no matter where they traveled were the first to carry BlackBerry devices.

But phone companies have been eager to squeeze more money out of the general subscriber base by selling data and messaging services. And consumers have already taken a greater interest in phones with full keyboards and email functions. Motorola has already been loading Good Technology on its Q phone.

"The addition of Good Technology will advance Motorola's vision of seamless mobility," said Ron Garriques, president, Motorola Mobile Devices business. "Good Technology's solutions, talent and customers complement Motorola's business and extend our ability to deliver compelling products and services to enterprise customers."

The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, is expected to close in early 2007.

Motorola rose 16 cents Friday to $21.36.