PerComm Becomes the Latest Palm OS Licensee

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PalmSource announced at COMDEX today that PerComm has licensed the Palm OS platform. PerComm plans to integrate Palm OS 5 to create new mobile devices that operate on wireless networks including ReFLEX, GSM, and CDMA.

PerComm intends to develop wireless devices that will allow enterprise customers to have reliable, secure wireless access to email and corporate data

“We are pleased to welcome PerComm to the diverse community of Palm Powered licensees,” said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource. “We believe PerComm’s expertise in the communicator space will strengthen the Palm OS platform’s presence in the wireless market and increase penetration of Palm Powered devices in the enterprise.”

PerComm is a leading manufacturer of ReFLEX devices. The ReFLEX network is just for data, not voice, and it doesn’t provide very high bandwidth. On the other hand, it does offer “always on” access, wide coverage, and strong signals that easily penetrate the walls of office buildings. It uses Internet Protocol (IP), so devices utilizing the ReFLEX network have access to email and the Internet. It is owned and operated by WebLink Wireless.

However, the company doesn’t intend to release only handhelds that use the ReFLEX network. Edmond K. Fung, president and CEO of PerComm, said today, “We expect that partnering with PalmSource will open up new market opportunities and expand our current product offerings to include feature phones on the GSM network, while encouraging the development of new software applications.”

PerComm did not say when it expects to release its first device.

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