PalmSource and RIM to Extend BlackBerry Wireless Email and Data Connectivity Solution for Palm Powered Devices
PALMSOURCE DEVELOPERS SEMINAR, San Mateo, CA - May 6, 2003 - PalmSource, Inc., provider of the world's most popular operating system for handhelds and smartphones, and the Palm OS® subsidiary of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), the leading developer of wireless enterprise solutions, today announced they will work together to market and promote the BlackBerry Connect™ solution to Palm OS licensees to enable secure, push-based email and data connectivity for wireless Palm Powered™ handhelds and smartphones.
As the enterprise becomes increasingly mobile, demand for easily deployable, wireless solutions that immediately increase productivity and reduce IT costs continue to grow. Mobile professionals and IT departments require reliable and secure access to corporate data from their wireless device and the ease of integration with existing back-end resources. Through RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Palm OS licensees will be offered RIM's software solution for Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones, that will enable behind-the-firewall, enterprise-ready BlackBerry® email and corporate data connectivity.
"The BlackBerry connectivity architecture and infrastructure has been certified by leading wireless carriers around the world and BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ has been deployed in more than ten thousand companies and government organizations," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at Research In Motion. "Together with PalmSource, we will enable carriers and customers to leverage their existing investments and deliver the BlackBerry wireless experience to new users of Palm Powered wireless devices."
"We are pleased to partner with RIM to deliver an industry-leading robust, secure wireless email and corporate data solution for Palm Powered mobile devices," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer for PalmSource. "BlackBerry Connect for Palm Powered devices will widen the choices of wireless messaging solutions for Palm OS licensees in order to better meet the needs of our enterprise customers."
BlackBerry Connect on Palm OS will deliver a powerful combination for Palm Powered mobile devices to execute on enterprise customer requirements for enhanced flexibility, security and manageability, uncompromised power and ease of use, and low training, support and maintenance costs. Palm OS has achieved a leading position in the enterprise because it offers a low total cost of ownership (TCO), while also supporting the largest base of mobile software worldwide1.
BlackBerry is a leading wireless enterprise platform that has been widely deployed to provide mobile access to information. BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports both Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino™ environments with single mailbox integration and provides IT departments with centralized administration, end-to-end security (using Triple DES encryption), multi-network support and a powerful development platform. RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program enables mobile device manufacturers to equip their handsets with the same reliable, secure and push-based BlackBerry wireless data experience.
Further details regarding the agreement have not been disclosed at this time.
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.net or www.blackberry.com.
PalmSource is the company behind Palm OS, the world's most popular operating system for handhelds and smartphones. Licensed by industry leaders - including Aceeca, Acer, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Garmin, GSL, Handera, Handspring, HuneTec, Kyocera, Legend, Palm, Samsung, Sony, Symbol and Tapwave as well as Palm OS Ready Partners including ATI, Intel, MediaQ, Motorola, Samsung Semiconductor and Texas Instruments - Palm OS has been shipped on more than 28 million handhelds and smartphones, and given rise to a huge community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Economy. PalmSource's new headquarters are located at 1240 Crossman Ave. in Sunnyvale, Calif. PalmSource is a subsidiary of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM). More information about PalmSource, Inc., is available at www.palmsource.com. Information about Palm, Inc. is available at www.palm.com/aboutpalm.
Palm OS is a registered trademark of PalmSource, Inc., a subsidiary of Palm, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.
1 Gartner Dataquest, Todd Kort, April 2002
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