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Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to offer an aftermarket BlackBerry Connect software download for the Palm OS from PalmSource. With the BlackBerry Connect software download, customers with existing Palm OS-based wireless devices will be able to sign up for BlackBerry wireless services.
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Great for Treos

LiveFaith @ 9/27/2004 1:46:36 PM #
This should be excellent for the Treo 600, 650 or 800g. Seems like PalmOne would really try to promote this with cell carriers.

Pat Horne;
RE: Great for Treos
hkklife @ 9/27/2004 2:13:08 PM #
Agreed. Actually, I think a cross-branded P1 TreoBerry or whatever would be great. Have both the P1 and RIM Blackberry names on the unit, kinda like the Franklin Covey packaging for existing Palms.

This can only be a good thing for the Treo line and the long-term prospects of the platform. I just hope that RIM & P1 can both do their portion of handling support for this add-on software and its integration with the hardware.

RE: Great for Treos
radleyp @ 9/27/2004 5:47:34 PM #
I don't see the point of this. A Blackberry is an always-on device with the right battery power. There is no way you could leave any Palm on all the time without draining the battery quickly. Or am I missing something? Philippe Radley

RE: Great for Treos
hkklife @ 9/27/2004 5:50:43 PM #
Like the old i705 Palm did (and, presumably, the T|W though I never used one). Set it to "wake up" every 10 mins/30 mins/hour or whatever. Log on, DL mail, give an alert if desired, then go back to sleep. I would assume the above could be done without even powering the screen on.

I'd trade off a bit of "always-on" RIM functionality in favor of being able to do 1000s more tasks on a Palm OS machine over a lame duck Blackberry.


e_tellurian @ 9/27/2004 1:44:01 PM #
Is Canada great or what! Our portion of $30,000,000 was well spent to help build RIM.

What do we do ... please.

Democratic collaboration with good friends is always a win-win. Now if we could just get the West Coast to think of more ways to build with our friends in the North, South, East and West we could add more value for all Canadians and continue the tradition RF started long ago.

Well done!



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Could THIS be why the POS wireless handhelds were abandoned?

Strider_mt2k @ 9/27/2004 5:48:21 PM #
I wonder if this is connected in some way with the wirless Palm folks being abandoned?

Like a, "We'll let you in on our network, but not until you discontinue yours." kinda thing?

RE: Could THIS be why the POS wireless handhelds were abandoned?
LiveFaith @ 9/27/2004 10:27:21 PM #

I don't know the specifics but I have been wondering if a PalmOne-RIM merger might be in discussion? I know RIM is trying to connec with others, but it sure seems that these 2 could find some real benefits with one another. Mainly, holding the Redmond dark side at bay a little longer?

Imagine a "blackberry" that could run 20,000+ Palm OS apps ... imagine a T5-TC2-TW2-Treo with optimized BB networks for e-mail/IM/web/video/"voip" etc etc.

Anyway, I know I'm getting a little over the top, but it seems to make real sense for both. Most importantly PalmOne has gone for almost a year without a split/merger/buyout/namechange ... totally unacceptable, :-)

Pat Horne;

So when is it coming??

cyman777 @ 8/10/2005 6:34:45 AM #
...Just got a blackberry for work and as my company locks my Treo from the intranet with a proprietory VPN I cannot access my e-mail on my Treo but could, if there was a palm RIM client... :-(

Any updates on this software?

RE: So when is it coming??
AdamaDBrown @ 8/10/2005 1:24:33 PM #
Nothing, unfortunately. We were told in January that it was "coming soon..." that was the last I heard of it.



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