Cisco has invested in SoonR, a provider of mobile computer file access and management services.
The $9.5 million (£4.8 million) investment is intended to help the company expand its mobile platform and advance its partner-driven distribution strategy. Previous investors Intel Capital and Clearstone Venture Partners also participated in the round.
SoonR's platform integrates computer desktops and mobile devices. The company's service lets users access, back up and share files on their desktop computer from their mobile phone or Internet-enabled device, whether their computer is turned on or off. Documents created in a number of applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Outlook calendars and email are accessible, said SoonR.
Data on the user's computer is also continuously backed up, allowing it to be restored should the computer be lost or stolen, SoonR says.
SoonR can also reportedly enable Skype calls to be made from cell phones, including Apple's iPhone.
SoonR has partnerships with Denmark carrier TeliaSonera as well as a joint development and marketing partnership with QuickOffice to provide next-generation mobile services. The company claims to have partnered with additional international carriers and says it is in pilot trials with others as well.
The SoonR service is designed to work across worldwide carrier networks and major handset operating systems.
SoonR was founded in 2005 and is based in Silicon Valley and Denmark.
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