MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today
announced that its Treo(TM) Pro smartphone is now available on Bell Mobility's
high-speed mobile network (EV-DO Rev. A), marking its debut in Canada. With
its streamlined design and Palm(R) innovations layered on Windows Mobile 6.1
Professional, Treo Pro allows businesses to simplify their IT infrastructures
while lowering costs and keeping their users productive and happy. The
3G-capable Treo Pro smartphone is now available to Bell Mobility clients for a
limited-time price of $99.95 on a three-year contract.
Treo Pro offers Bell Mobility clients simplicity and productivity -
including email, Wi-Fi, GPS, web and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A network capabilities(1)
- to meet the needs of businesses and end users alike. Treo Pro's thin design
blends a flush, high-resolution colour touch screen, one-touch buttons and a
full QWERTY keyboard. The removable battery packs up to four hours of talk
time and enough strength for the business user's needs, offering a powerful
yet effortless mobile experience.
"Treo Pro is a perfect fit for the busy business professional or casual
user who needs on-the-go access to business tools or their personal email,"
said John Traynor, vice president, business products, Palm, Inc. "Treo Pro's
capabilities, including Wi-Fi and GPS, ensure users can be highly responsive,
available and productive with a powerful yet effortless mobile experience."
"By offering Treo Pro on the Bell Mobility network, we continue to
provide Bell Mobility clients with a combination of the best smartphone
technology and leading business and consumer data services," said Adel
Bazerghi, Bell Mobility's senior vice president of Products. "Treo Pro meets
and exceeds the needs of Bell Mobility clients who want access to their
With Treo Pro, users can open ZIP files, edit Microsoft Word and Excel
documents and view PowerPoint presentations and PDFs. It is compatible with
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which allows IT professionals to
manage Windows phones the same way they manage PCs and laptops, adding value
to mobile enterprise solutions.
"Being away from the office cannot be a liability for a business
executive," said Alec Taylor, Windows Mobile Lead, Consumer & Online,
Microsoft Canada. "Communication must be constant and seamless. With Windows
Mobile 6.1, Treo Pro users can connect with their office, customers and
partners to access and share documents and information just as they would
sitting in front of their office PC."
The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
The 3G-capable Treo Pro smartphone from Bell Mobility helps optimize
business processes by effortlessly mobilizing users with enhancements to the
Windows platform, including:
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- High-resolution colour LCD touch screen
- Dedicated email and calendar buttons for fast one-button access
- Ringer switch, which silences the device immediately
- One-touch Wi-Fi button for an easy, fast Wi-Fi connection experience
- Screen saver, which lets users know at a glance - without turning on
the device - what time it is and whether they have missed a call or
have a new SMS message
- New voicemail indicator, which flashes to let users know that a
voicemail is waiting(2)
Lower Costs, Increased Productivity
With Treo Pro from Bell Mobility, businesses can take advantage of a
tightly integrated Palm and Windows solution for their mobile workforces,
- Microsoft Direct Push Technology(3) - Connection to Microsoft
Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 gives users up-to-date email,
contacts and calendars.
- Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 - With the
deployment of Mobile Device Manager, Treo Pro can deliver increased
security, easier smartphone management and access to information on
the corporate network. IT professionals can confidently manage large
Treo Pro deployments.
- Applications for Windows phones - Businesses can extend mobility
beyond email to optimize business processes.
- Integrated GPS - Users can access maps, turn-by-turn directions and
point-of-interest (POI) searches.(1)
- Familiar Windows experience - Users can browse the web with built-in
Internet Explorer Mobile; open, view, and edit Word and Excel
compatible files; review PowerPoint presentations and PDF files; and
open ZIP files remotely.
Pricing and Availability
The Palm Treo Pro smartphone is available on promotional introductory
pricing from Bell Mobility for $99.95 with a three-year contract, or $549.95
without a contract.
More information about Treo Pro is available at
http://www.palm.com/TreoPro, www.palm.com/ca or www.bell.ca.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a leading mobile products company, creating instinctive yet
powerful mobile products that enable people to better manage their lives on
the go. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and
businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM), Pre(TM) and Centro(TM) phones, as well as
software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and
wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm online stores
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(1) Within wireless coverage area only. Wi-Fi within range of 802.11b/g
Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots require fee for usage. Email, web,
and GPS require an account and data services at additional cost. GPS
application not available from all carriers. Third-party software may
be required. GPS coverage not available in all areas at all times.
(2) Within wireless coverage area only.
(3) Microsoft Direct Push Technology requires Microsoft Exchange Server
2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007. Additional fees and software
may be needed to comply with corporate IT policy. VPN may be
Palm, Treo, Pre and Centro are among the trademarks or registered
trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product
names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or
services of, their respective owners.
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