Research In Motion has launched a new eBay application that allows a Blackberry user to search, bid, buy and check their eBay buying and selling activity anywhere.RIM says that the application leverages the BlackBerry Push Service to allow users to be wirelessly notified of the status of eBay listings in real-time. eBay buyers can now be notified when they have won an item or have been outbid, or if a listing on their Watch List is ending soon.
In addition, eBay sellers can be notified when a sale ends and will be provided with buyer information and the sale price. All notifications are directed to the user’s BlackBerry Email inbox and, because the BlackBerry OS supports multi-tasking, users can simply click the email notification to automatically launch or switch to the eBay application.
eBay’s Vice President of Platform Business and Mobile, Steve Yankovich said, “We are thrilled to be extending eBay’s mobile presence to millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the globe. When developing any mobile application, we take into account the unique features and advantages of the device to better meet our customers’ needs. With BlackBerry’s Push Service and multi-tasking technology, eBay buyers and sellers are able to stay up-to-date on great deals and sales.”
“The idea of making eBay listings more conveniently accessible and manageable on BlackBerry smartphones is a ‘natural’, and the seamless mobile experience enabled by the unique push-based BlackBerry platform provides a perfect complement to the purchase process,” added Alan Brenner, senior vice president, BlackBerry Platform at Research In Motion.
The eBay Application for BlackBerry smartphones is free and is now available on BlackBerry App World in North America, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom (www.blackberry.com/appworld).