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RIM Acquires Mobile Content Platform Co Cellmania

Research In Motion, the makers of Blackberry, have acquired Cellmania, a mobile content platform company and application and content storefront provider, according to a note on Cellmania's website. In an email sent out to content partners in India (a copy below), Cellmania has said that its team has joined RIM, and no reduction in staff is planned; they've also asked developers and content partners to join the BlackBerry Developer community. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. In India, Cellmania powers Airtel App Central, the applications storefront for India's largest telecom operator. Mountain View, California, USA headquartered Cellmania was founded by Dr. Ronjon Nag, (CEO and Co-Founder) and Neerav Berry (COO and C0-Founder) in 1999. Dr Nag's previous company, Lexicus, which developed speech and handwriting recognition technology, was acquired by Motorola in 1993. Apart from Airtel, its website lists Orange, Sprint, Telefonica, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, 3, AT&T, Boost mobile, Kajeet,  O2,  NHoldings and Yes Optus as customers. According to a press release in March 2010, Cellmania has 23 customers. A copy of the mail sent out to partners in India below. Dear (name removed), As you may be aware, Cellmania is joining Research In Motion (RIM) to help strengthen RIM's focus on mobile content and the BlackBerry ecosystem. This change should have no impact on your ability to supply content to and generate revenue from Cellmania’s Channels. You can find additional details about the transaction on the Cellmania website: www.cellmania.com and the series of questions and…

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