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Cingular Offers BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650

Cingular BlackBerry ConnectCingular Wireless, Palm, Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced availability of BlackBerry Connect for the Palm Treo 650 smartphone. 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.

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 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 supports the following features:

-- "Push" Corporate Email delivers messages automatically -- and wirelessly -- to the Treo 650'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'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.

-- 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.

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. More information is available at www.palm.com/cingularbbc and www.cingular.com/midtolarge/blackberry, or by calling 866-4CW-SB2B to speak with a Cingular sales representative.

The Palm Treo 650 is available from Cingular for $299.99 with a two-year contract and qualified voice plan. Unlimited BlackBerry Connect monthly service plans begin at $44.99.

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The 650 is THE 'low end' TREO!?

SeldomVisitor @ 8/30/2006 6:46:52 AM # Q
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Compare to GoodLink?

JeffRichardson @ 8/30/2006 11:59:15 AM # Q
I would be interested to hear how BlackBerry Conenct on a Treo 650 compares to GoodLink on a Treo 650. The key features noted above are available in both products: push corporate e-mail, wireless calendar sync, attachment view, address lookup, and centralized management.

-Jeff

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Software comparison

ChiLLFiRe @ 8/30/2006 5:55:43 PM # Q
Yeah..I'd like to see that too. I tried goodlink and it works well. I'm planning to use the BBC but I need to confirm from feedbacks that it works better that goodlink or else I'd stick with my goodlink....

"The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE"
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TreoBerry Questions

Gekko @ 8/30/2006 6:24:50 PM # Q

1. Has anyone ever see this in action in the "wild"? Or is this a rare solution that most companies have dismissed?
2. How is battery life affected by 24/7 push?
3. How is the implementation? Any upside/downside vs. a real BlackBerry device?
4. Can this integrate with the we-com e-com virtual wallet and network?

Thanks.



RE: TreoBerry Questions
we_tellurian @ 8/30/2006 8:09:08 PM # Q
Gekko,

I'm with you Gekko let's start building applications in now so the customer will have less to complain about.

It seems an offer has been and received tentatively (please see we-com thread). If this offer is sincere which i have no reason not to believe then we may have some capital to build more interactive we-com choices.

This boat will not sink ... its too big.

E-T


Completing the e-com circle with a people driven we-com offering

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Blackberry Internet Service support? Any idea when?

seamus z harper @ 8/30/2006 6:21:44 PM # Q
So far, from the release today, Cingular is only supporting companies using a Blackberry Enterprise Server. Does anyone know whether or not any of the other providers (in Australia or Singapore) support Blackberry Internet Service currently?

From what I read in the release and on cingular.com, it looks like they will be supporting Blackberry Internet Service (what individuals and small businesses w/o BES use) at some point. Does anyone have any info on when that will be available?

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