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BlackBerry service coming to Treo

Thu Dec 18, 2003 - 10:17 AM EST - By Marcus Adolfsson

PalmSource and Research In Motion have begun efforts to jointly develop a software client that enables BlackBerry connectivity to Palm OS.

The goal of this development effort is to create a BlackBerry connectivity solution for Palm OS licensees in the second half of 2004. This solution will be designed to provide Palm OS licensees the ability to connect their Palm Powered wireless handhelds and smartphones to BlackBerry Enterprise Server using the same secure push-based wireless architecture and infrastructure that currently supports thousands of companies and government organizations.

The BlackBerry Connect solution for Palm OS will also support BlackBerry Web Client, a wireless Internet email service for individuals and small business that does not require server software.

�We view wireless data connectivity as being fundamental to the continuing growth and success of mobile devices and services around the world,� said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at Research In Motion. �Together, PalmSource and RIM are leveraging our respective strengths to provide licensees, carriers and developers with a strong wireless foundation to address a wide range of customer needs.�

�The development of BlackBerry connectivity for Palm OS offers our licensees and carrier partners an industry leading solution and further demonstrates our commitment to mobile data and enterprise solutions,� said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer for PalmSource. �We believe that Palm OS, together with RIM�s innovative BlackBerry connectivity will meet the growing needs of our customers and Palm OS developers.�

RIM and PalmSource anticipate negotiating a technology distribution agreement for the BlackBerry connectivity solution on Palm OS at a later date.

This is great news for Black Berry users who would like to switch to the Treo smart phone.

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