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Palm has announced it will bring the BlackBerry Connect push email service to its popular smartphone range, the Treo 650.

Future iterations of the Treo will also be BlackBerry enabled. Palm worked in conjunction with Research In Motion to bring BlackBerry Connect to the Palm Treo 650 smartphone and the two expect the solution to be available in the US and internationally early in calendar 2006.

The solution will enable the following:
– push-based email using BlackBerry Connect with Palm’s VersaMail email client;
– support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino;
– wireless calendar synchronisation;
– remote address lookup of corporate email directory;
– convenient email-attachment viewing;
– Triple DES encryption; and
– IT policy enforcement and commands (such as remotely disabling or wiping email and PIM data from a device in the event it is lost or stolen).

However exact availability and functionality will depend on local telco roll-outs. Currently Telstra and Vodafone both support BlackBerry services.

“Treo 650 has earned accolades as the best fully featured smartphone available, and we’re thrilled to make it even better by answering customer requests and offering RIM’s BlackBerry email solution for businesses,” said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. “Our news today demonstrates Palm’s promise to offer flexible mobile-computing solutions with world-class, enterprise-strength partners, delivering what we’re convinced is the best email experience to the broadest set of customers – all on Treo smartphones.”

“The BlackBerry architecture and infrastructure are recognised around the world as secure, manageable, reliable and scalable, and we are extremely pleased to broaden the choice of BlackBerry-enabled handsets with the Treo 650,” said Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO at RIM. “We have already seen significant customer interest in this powerful combination, and we look forward to building on our relationship with Palm.”


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