Streamlined Design Meets Business Practicality in New Windows Mobile
TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that
its Treo(TM) Pro smartphone is now available at TELUS. With its smartly
designed high-resolution colour touch screen and full web-browsing
capabilities layered on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Treo Pro is the ideal
smartphone for both business users and consumers.
Treo Pro offers TELUS clients simplicity and productivity - including
TELUS mobile email, TELUS Navigator, Wi-Fi(1), web and 3G network capabilities
- to meet the needs of businesses and consumers alike. Treo Pro's thin design
blends style and functionality with an LCD 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 any user's needs, offering a powerful yet
effortless mobile experience.
"The thoughtful touch screen and keyboard design complement the
productive qualities of Windows Mobile. Seamless connectivity is a must as
busy professionals are using smartphones for everything from staying in touch
with the office to finding directions to managing their social and family
lives," said John Traynor, vice president, business products, Palm, Inc. "With
features like Wi-Fi and GPS and dedicated email and calendar buttons, Treo Pro
allows users to be highly responsive, available and productive."
"Treo Pro by Palm is a great phone for our business customers who need
on-the-go access to critical business information," said Drazen Lalovic, vice
president of Business Planning and Development at TELUS. "TELUS offers an
extensive selection of smartphones on the largest 3G network in Canada, which
now includes the Treo Pro, a well-designed smartphone tailor-made for today's
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 Mobile phones similarly to how they manage PCs and laptops,
adding value to mobile enterprise solutions.
"Treo Pro with Windows Mobile 6.1 is the busy professional's mobile
desktop," said Alec Taylor, Windows Mobile Lead, Consumer & Online, Microsoft
Canada. "Life is simplified, as Treo Pro users can stay connected with their
office, customers and partners to access and share documents and information
away from their desks."
The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
The 3G-capable Treo Pro smartphone from TELUS helps optimize business
processes by effortlessly mobilizing users with enhancements to the Windows
Mobile 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)
- TELUS Navigator, for audible turn-by-turn navigation
- TELUS Visual Voice Mail
Lower Costs, Increased Productivity
With Treo Pro from TELUS, businesses can take advantage of a tightly
integrated Palm and Windows solution for their mobile work forces, including:
- 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 Mobile 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 Treo Pro smartphone by Palm is available from TELUS for as little as
$149.99 on a three-year contract with any non-promotional voice rate plan of
$20 or greater with data add-on, or for $549.99 without a contract.
More information about Treo Pro is available at www.palm.com/TreoPro,
www.palm.com/ca or www.telus.com
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million
customer connections including 6.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. Led since
2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP),
voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we
live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $135 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community
Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more
information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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
More information about Palm Canada, Inc. is available at
(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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