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    SingTel is World's First Carrier to Offer BlackBerry Connect for Palm Treo 650 Smartphone
    Wednesday April 12, 12:01 am ET
    Choices for Enterprise Customers Grow with Combination


    SINGAPORE & SUNNYVALE, Calif. & WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 12, 2006--SingTel, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM - News) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM - News; TSX:RIM - News) today announced the first availability of BlackBerry® Connect(TM) for the Palm® Treo(TM) 650 smartphone. With BlackBerry Connect, SingTel customers now have a wider choice of devices that support the robust and secure BlackBerry services and a wider choice of wireless email solutions that support the feature-rich Treo 650.
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    Vicki Brady, SingTel's vice president of Consumer Marketing, said, "SingTel is proud to be the first operator in the world to bring the Palm Treo 650 smartphone with BlackBerry Connect to its customers.

    "As mobile email has become an integral part of the business world today, we believe that the compact and feature-rich Treo 650 with BlackBerry Connect will appeal to many of our corporate customers. With SingTel's unparalleled local mobile and international roaming coverage, they can access email on their handsets while on the go," she added.

    BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 smartphone enables users to benefit from many popular features of the BlackBerry "push"-based architecture via BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM). For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

    BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 smartphone supports the following features:

    "Push" Corporate Email delivers messages automatically -- and wirelessly -- to the Treo 650 smartphone's VersaMail® inbox. Changes to the inbox, including read/unread status and deletion, are automatically synchronized between the user's PC 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 while on the road.(1)
    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.
    Extends the benefits of BlackBerry Enterprise Server to the Treo 650, including centralized device management; IT policies, such as over-the-air device disablement and password device lock; and Triple DES encryption, supporting end-to-end security.
    "Companies in our region that have deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Server or are planning to do so now have strong reasons to consider the Treo 650, already one of the most compelling mobile-computing devices available today for enterprise users," said Paul Blinkhorn, vice president for Palm Asia Pacific. "Today's launch underscores Palm's commitment to providing a broad range of world-class, enterprise-strength mobile-computing solutions, and offers Treo 650 customers greater choice and flexibility to fulfill their mobile email needs."

    "Millions of mobile professionals around the world have recognized the unique security, manageability, efficiency and reliability of the BlackBerry architecture," said Norm Lo, vice president for Asia Pacific at RIM. "The Treo 650 with BlackBerry Connect delivers the power of the BlackBerry architecture with the familiar VersaMail client software that Palm users enjoy today, expanding the overall market opportunity for SingTel, Palm and RIM."

    The award-winning Palm Treo 650 smartphone makes it easier than ever for mobile professionals to stay connected. The Treo 650 combines a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access, allowing users to organize and simplify their business and personal lives all in one place.(2)

    The Treo 650 has won acclaim for its intuitive user interface, award-winning form factor, and the availability of more than 29,000 third-party Palm OS® applications and enterprise solutions. With third-party software applications available in finance, insurance, real estate, healthcare, education, sales force automation and IT management, users have the ability to mobilize enterprise data now, and the opportunity to leverage a vast community of developers to expand custom enterprise solutions.

    The BlackBerry Connect functionality is available today for existing and new SingTel Treo 650 customers through SingTel business representatives. More information is available at: http://www.palm.com/us/enterprise/pr...y_connect.html.

    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(TM) 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 - News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM - News). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.BlackBerry.com.

    About SingTel

    SingTel is Asia's leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best of global communications to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

    With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.

    To serve the needs of multi-national corporations, SingTel has a network of 37 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners.

    The Group also has major investments in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia's largest multi-market mobile operator, serving 78 million customers in seven markets.

    SingTel employs more than 19,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$12.62 billion (US$7.65 billion) and net profit after tax of S$3.27 billion (US$1.98 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2005. More information can be found @ www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.

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    oh boy it uses Versamail. that's crappy.
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    Why have Blackberry connect instead of Chattermail with imap?
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    As I thought...you cannot invite people to meetings only sync meetings sent to you. Other then the push and corp. address look up pretty useless. However, being able to use the International unlimited dataplan for Cingular to get my e-mail and not pay roaming fee's would be nice. I was told the Cingular 650 was not going to get this though and that it would be on the next GFM Treo.
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    So when they finally get around to releasing a download do you think it will be a patch or a new version of versamail (version 3.2)?
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    Do you guys think we'll be able to use the .prc and register with Sprint???
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    are you sure? I was on cingular's website the other day and saw something about BB Connect for treos...
    What can I say? A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
    Nokia 3360 -> Sony Ericsson t226 -> Sony Ericsson z500 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 680 -> AT&T Centro
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    What can I say? A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
    Nokia 3360 -> Sony Ericsson t226 -> Sony Ericsson z500 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 680 -> AT&T Centro
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    I would think it would have to have a Versamail upgrade wiht it since the whoe BB Connect thing is based on Versamail.
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