Palm and RIM have signed a deal to allow users of the Palm Treo 650 personal digital assistant to access their e-mail and calendar over wireless networks using RIM’s Blackberry software.
The deal covers new and existing Treo 650 users, as well as future models of the Treo device. The service will be offered to users from early 2006 and its success is dependent on mobile network operator support.
The Blackberry Connect software will now show up as an option on Palm's Versamail e-mail client. Palm already has e-mail access deals with other companies selling connectivity software, but RIM is the leader in the field when it comes to market share.
Through the deal, Palm wants to sell more devices and RIM wants more operators and companies to use its Blackberry software.