Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry push email service has proved to be very popular, but not everyone wants a handheld or smartphone made by RIM. Several years ago the company promised a version of this service for Palm, Inc.’s smartphones, and it actually has developed this.
The problem is that very few carriers around the world have deployed the Palm version of BlackBerry Connect, and none in North America.
However, it seems this is about to change. RIM’s co-CEO and Chairman James Balsillie recently told eWeek that this service will debut in the United States later this month.
Until now, all the carriers that have offered BlackBerry Connect for Palm OS have used the GSM standard. Balsillie, though, promised that CDMA carriers will soon begin to deploy it.
Both the major CDMA carriers in the U.S. — Sprint and Verizon — offer Treo smartphones running the Palm OS.
More About BlackBerry Connect
BlackBerry Connect supports “push” email from corporate servers, wireless calendar syncing, attachment viewing, remote address lookup, and centralized device management.
More information about BlackBerry Connect and Treo smartphones can be found at Palm’s web site.