Is Mobile Fusion the All-In-One Remote Smartphone Solution?

Research in Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ:RIMM) proposes to offer server-based device management software to corporate customers that will help manage a bouquet of devices, such as the iPad and other non-RIM devices, from a single console. Dubbed the Blackberry Mobile Fusion, each such server could support as many as 10,000 devices. This is five times as many as the legacy RIM servers now in use.

Alan Panezic, Vice President of Platform Product Management said in an interview, “This is a really, really important strategic move. RIM is conducting trials with financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies.”

RIM’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) move addresses the increasing infiltration of employees’ own devices such as the iPhone into companies’ official usage, on cost considerations. Rather than issue corporate handsets, it would be preferable to simply make these diverse devices more secure through a product such as the RIM Mobile Fusion.

“There’s big demand for this area and the big advantage RIM will have is the idea you can not only manage your BlackBerry, but manage your other platforms from a single console,” said Phil Redman, an analyst with Gartner Research in Stamford, CT. “In the end though, it’s not going to help them sell more BlackBerrys and that’s what they need to do.”

Here’s how smartphone stocks are trading:

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): RIMM shares recently traded at $17.79, up $0.42, or 2.42%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $15.98 to $70.54. Volume today was 6,762,746 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 23,232,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.25, while trailing earnings are $5.48 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $379.66, up $6.46, or 1.73%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $426.70. Volume today was 6,923,870 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 19,318,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 13.72, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $597.82, up $14.89, or 2.55%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 1,571,682 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,100,480 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 20.38, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): NOK shares recently traded at $5.72, up $0.22, or 4%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.82 to $11.75. Volume today was 14,952,762 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 28,900,200 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 23.81, while trailing earnings are $0.24 per share.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $25.41, up $0.57, or 2.29%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 29,951,475 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 55,930,700 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.23, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

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