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Movistar Offers BlackBerry Connect for Palm Treo 650 Smartphone in Spain
6/30/2006 -- MADRID, Spain, Sunnyvale, CA and Waterloo, ON - Telefónica Móviles España, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Connect™ software for the Palm® Treo™ 650 smartphone in Spain. With BlackBerry Connect, movistar’s enterprise and multinational customers will benefit from a wider range of devices compatible with BlackBerry services from movistar.
“Demand for wireless email solutions is driven by the need for increased productivity amongst movistar’s enterprise customers,” said Luis Ezcurra, general director of market development and marketing for Telefónica Móviles España. “Movistar believes that working closely with Palm and RIM to provide the feature-rich Treo 650 with BlackBerry Connect functionality will address this demand, as enterprise customers are very interested in investing in solutions that support their business, operational and IT objectives.”
With this expansion of the “BlackBerry from movistar” portfolio, Treo 650 smartphone customers can now benefit from many popular features of the “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 Treo 650 smartphone with BlackBerry Connect supports 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.
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.
“Providing email flexibility is one of the key features that makes the Treo 650 a tremendous asset for business customers,” said John Hartnett, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer relations, Palm. “The addition of an enterprise strength email solution like BlackBerry Connect for movistar customers reaffirms Palm’s commitment to meet the needs of mobile professionals in Europe.”
“BlackBerry has been embraced by millions of mobile professionals around the world because it is a scalable, secure, and proven wireless solution. The Treo 650 with BlackBerry Connect delivers more choice for mobile customers by offering the combined power of the BlackBerry architecture with the feature rich Treo 650 smartphone,” said Charmaine Eggberry, vice president, EMEA at Research In Motion. “We are pleased to work with Palm and movistar to offer BlackBerry Connect on the Treo 650 smartphone to corporate customers in Spain.”
More information is available at: www.palm.com/us/enterprise/products/blackberry_connect.html
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 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.
About Telefónica Móviles España
Telefónica Móviles España (www.empresa.movistar.es) is the operator of Telefónica Móviles in the Spanish market. As of April 2006, Telefónica Móviles had 20.3 million customers and a wide catalogue of services and applications with the latest mobile technology, such as UMTS. Telefónica Móviles is one of the leading world operators and is a leader in Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets with presence in 15 countries and nearly 98.5 million customers all around the world (as of December 2005).
Telefónica Móviles shares quote at Madrid and New York Stock Exchange with the symbol TEM.
Movistar is the brand for the companies of Telefónica Móviles Group in the entire world with exception of Marruecos and Brazil.
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) Attachments that are sent via email can be opened by using the BlackBerry Attachment Viewing Service or via native file viewers on the Treo 650 smartphone. Please refer to the BlackBerry de movistar Empresa / Multinacional Palm Treo 650User Guide for supported files and size limitations.
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