Atlanta, Sunnyvale, CA and Waterloo, ON - Cingular Wireless, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ for the Palm® Treo™ 650 smart device. With BlackBerry Connect software, Cingular customers now can enjoy the feature-rich Treo 650 with the BlackBerry service for a robust and secure solution on the nationwide Cingular EDGE wireless data network.(1)
?The availability of BlackBerry Connect on the Palm Treo 650 represents a marriage of two very popular wireless offerings that now gives Cingular customers more choice,? said Michael Woodward, executive director, mobile professional solutions, for Cingular Wireless. ?Businesses can now leverage their existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server while giving employees a powerful, new wireless device option.?
BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 enables users to benefit from many popular features of the unique ?push?-based BlackBerry architecture via BlackBerry Enterprise Server™. For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data. The Treo 650 operates on Cingular's EDGE network, the largest high-speed national wireless data network in the United States with availability in 13,000 cities and towns and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.
BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 supports the following features:
?We are happy to provide another choice for companies that have deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Server or are planning to do so,? said Tim Roper, vice president of U.S. region for Palm. ?Treo 650 already is one of the most compelling mobile-computing devices available today for business users, and the BlackBerry Connect functionality gives Cingular customers another great reason to adopt Treo as a vital business-productivity tool.?
?BlackBerry Connect allows Treo 650 users to tap into the power of the BlackBerry wireless architecture,? said Mark Guibert, vice president, corporate marketing, at Research In Motion. ?We see a growing opportunity for wireless connectivity in the enterprise, and we?re very pleased to be working with Cingular and Palm to broaden the reach of BlackBerry and to help customers enhance their mobile communications and productivity.?
BlackBerry Connect on the Treo 650 requires a BlackBerry Connect rate plan from Cingular. The solution is available today for Cingular Treo 650 customers through Cingular's B2B sales organization.
(1) EDGE service not available in all areas.Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost.
(2) Attachments that are sent via email can be opened by using the attachment-viewing capabilities of BlackBerry Enterprise Server or via native file viewers on the Treo 650 smartphone. Please refer to the BlackBerry Connect for Treo 650 smartphone User Guide for supported files and size limitations.