The founder of mobility applications specialist Handheld PCs has welcomed its acquisition by business ISP Timico, claiming the deal will expand its market reach.
The deal was agreed today for an undisclosed sum and Handheld PCs founder Pierre Lams told ChannelWeb that the brand name and senior management line-up will remain in place. All staff will relocate from Slough to Timico's digs in Fareham, Hampshire.
"This is great news. We have the support of a bigger group; this will give us the resources and the reach to market that we need," said Lams. "We have had some sales together and have been working with some of their salespeople. It became clear very quickly that we can add some value to the Timico Group."
Handheld PCs' homegrown applications include the hand-e-pix photo management product, and the hand-e-forms mobile data collection offering. It is one of O2's top UK partners and Timico, which is already an O2 service provider, claimed the buyout would deepen its relationship with the network operator.
Timico Group chairman Tim Radford said: "The addition of Handheld PCs allows us to make further progress in increasing our capability to address the growing demand for mobile based applications, the management of the smart phone devices on which they reside, and, in time, the integration of the mobile internet bearer into a corporate IP data network.
"Add this to our leading capability to provide mobile connectivity and a range of customer focused billing services, and we are well positioned to help large communities of users for whom the management of the mobile data user is becoming a growing issue".
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