Vodafone Launches BlackBerry Connect for Palm Treo 650 Smartphone in Australia
August 23, 2006, Sydney, Australia, Sunnyvale, CA and Waterloo, ON - Vodafone Australia, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ for the Palm® Treo™ 650 smartphone on the Vodafone mobile network in Australia.(1)
The BlackBerry Connect software enables Vodafone’s new and existing Treo 650 users to enjoy push-based wireless email and calendar synchronization with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™.
“With the addition of Vodafone Australia’s support of BlackBerry Connect, we’re providing more customers greater flexibility and choice for meeting their mobile needs,” said John Hartnett, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer relations for Palm. “Palm’s broad range of world-class, enterprise-strength mobile-computing solutions lets customers simplify their business and personal lives with the increased mobility offered by an all-in-one device.”
Ed Goff, general manager, Business Markets, at Vodafone Australia, said, “We’re changing the way Australian businesses operate with simple, but very smart mobile voice and data solutions. Vodafone is entirely focused on customers who want the freedom and flexibility to communicate and access information almost anytime and anywhere within coverage areas.”
“Vodafone has long supported the Treo product family, and now that we offer BlackBerry Connect on the Treo 650, our customers will enjoy a full, feature-rich mobile email experience,” added Goff.
Norm Lo, vice president for Asia Pacific at RIM, said, “Companies around the world are embracing the security, efficiency and robust management capabilities supported by BlackBerry and enjoying the many personal productivity and organizational workflow benefits enabled by BlackBerry wireless email. We are very pleased to provide BlackBerry Connect on the Treo 650 for Vodafone’s customers in Australia.”
BlackBerry Connect on the Treo 650 smartphone supports Microsoft Exchange® and IBM Lotus® Domino® customers with the following features:
• “Push” Corporate Email delivers messages automatically -- and wirelessly -- to the Treo 650 smartphone’s inbox. Changes to the inbox, including read/unread status and deletion, can be automatically synchronized between the user’s email account 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, and PDF documents in original format.(2)
• 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.
• Enables centralized device management, including support for IT policies such as over-the-air device disablement and password device lock, as well as end-to-end security with Triple DES encryption.
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm® Treo™ smartphones, Palm handheld computers, and Palm LifeDrive™ mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).
More information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com/au.
Vodafone provides a full range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications. Vodafone has equity interests in 26 countries and partner networks in a further 33 countries, with a proportionate customer base of over 179 million worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.au
About Research In Motion (RIM)
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® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ 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.
(1) Within wireless service coverage area only. Requires BlackBerry 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.
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