Telstra to Launch BlackBerry Connect for Palm Treo 650 Smartphone in Australia
Sunnyvale, Calif., and Waterloo, Ontario - Telstra, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that BlackBerry(R) Connect(TM) for the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 650 smartphone on the Telstra Network will be available early next month in Australia. Telstra customers now have a wider choice of devices that support the robust and secure capabilities of the BlackBerry services and a wider choice of wireless email solutions that support the feature-rich Treo 650 smartphone.
BlackBerry Connect enables new and existing Treo 650 users to benefit from many popular features of the BlackBerry ”push”-based architecture via BlackBerry Enterprise Server (TM).
Telstra’s general manager of Mobiles, Mr Martin Conneely, said Telstra was partnering with industry leaders to offer its customers relevant mobility solutions and devices.
“With more than 2,000 business and government customers using our mobility solutions, we have a lot of experience integrating these services with their existing business processes,” Mr Conneely said. “Many of our customers have realized significant productivity gains and competitive advantage from mobilizing business applications for their field workers and some have seen return on investment within three months.
“The benefits of the Palm Treo mobility solution are that it integrates a mobile phone with the BlackBerry push email solution and allows customers to access a wider range of business applications. This means our customers can do more using just the one device.”
“Support for BlackBerry Connect makes the Treo 650 even more compelling for businesses in Australia,” said John Hartnett, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer relations, Palm, Inc., “and it demonstrates Palm’s promise to provide customers with a broad range of world-class, enterprise-strength mobile-computing solutions to meet mobile email needs and more.”
Norm Lo, vice president for Asia Pacific at RIM, said, “BlackBerry provides a powerful and optimized wireless solution to satisfy the requirements of millions of mobile professionals worldwide. We are very pleased to bring BlackBerry Connect to the Treo 650 with Palm and Telstra. With BlackBerry Connect, Telstra’s corporate customers are now able to take the advantage of the proven “push”-based BlackBerry architecture on a broader choice of BlackBerry-enabled handsets, including the Treo 650.”
BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 smartphone supports the following features:
“Push” Corporate Email delivers messages automatically -- and wirelessly -- to the Treo 650 smartphone’s VersaMail(R) inbox. Changes to the inbox, including read/unread status and deletion, are automatically synchronized between the user’s PC and the Treo 650.
Wireless Calendar Synchronization keeps the Treo 650 smartphone’s built-in Calendar up to date remotely, allowing users to receive, accept or decline meeting requests on the go.
Attachment Viewing lets users view Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or PDF documents while on the road.(1)
Remote Address Lookup (RAL) allows users to search their corporate directory wirelessly for email addresses without the need to download every name to the Treo 650.
Extends the benefits of BlackBerry Enterprise Server to the Treo 650, including centralized device management, IT policies such as over-the-air device disablement and password device lock, and Triple DES encryption supporting end-to-end security.
The award-winning Palm Treo 650 smartphone makes it easier than ever for mobile professionals to stay connected. The Treo 650 combines a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access, allowing users to organize and simplify their business and personal lives all in one place. (2)
The Treo 650 has won acclaim for its intuitive user interface, award-winning form factor, and the availability of more than 29,000 third-party Palm OS(R) applications and enterprise solutions. With third-party software applications available in finance, insurance, real estate, healthcare, education, sales force automation and IT management, users have the ability to mobilise enterprise data now, and the opportunity to leverage a vast community of developers to expand custom enterprise solutions.
More information is available at: http://www.palm.com/us/enterprise/products/blackberry_connect.html.
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Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.BlackBerry.com.
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(1) Attachments that are sent via email can be opened by using the BlackBerry Attachment Viewing Service 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.
(2) 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.
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