/// Nokia to Sell Messaging Unit to Britain’s Synchronica
Synchronica said late on Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire a Nokia unit that provides e-mail, instant messaging and other software for cellular carriers. With the deal, expected to close in the third quarter, Synchronica will take over 10 operator contracts, including deals with all four major U.S. carriers as well as Rogers and Telus in Canada. Also as part of the deal Synchronica is acquiring a number of Nokia patents and agreeing to provide e-mail and other services that will continue to be preloaded on Nokia’s Series 40 phones. “This acquisition marks a key milestone for Synchronica as we move closer to our goal of becoming the leading global player for next-generation mobile messaging,” Synchronica CEO Carsten Brinkschulte said in a statement.