The new features for Big Blue's Teltier Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Application Server for Telecom service are available through a partnership announced Monday with
The new service includes Teltier's wireless conference calling, where a "buddy list," similar to those found in instant messaging, shows whether or not a person is on a cell phone, said Marty Slatnick, business development executive for IBM's software group.
This is the first time IBM has offered such a feature either directly or through a third-party arrangement, Slatnick said. Phone and network equipment maker Siemens is selling Teltier's services in six European countries, said Sharad Sharma, chief executive of Teltier.
IBM also introduced its "" technology, which connects cell phones instantly just like a walkie-talkie. Of the new services, the technology has already shown it can succeed in a fickle U.S. market of more than 141 million customers. U.S. push-to-talk use is expected to grow this year when join Nextel Communications in offering the technology.
Big Blue is beefing up its assortment of cell phone offerings for corporate clients just as major wireless carriers, Sprint PCS and AT&T Wireless are devoting more effort selling airtime to business clients.