Treo BlackBerry Connect: Are we ready now?
Now that things have been settled in the four year long RIM/NTP patent dispute – with RIM choosing to pay NTP the princely sum of $612.5 million for a “full and final settlement” – the threat of a shutdown of RIM’s BlackBerry service in the US is finally over to the delight of three million users.
However, left unstated in most news stories, is the fact that a few million Treonauts can also rejoice in the fact that RIM’s settlement now makes it much easier for Palm to release its long awaited BlackBerry Connect software for our Treo.
Like others, I am inclined to think that Palm had decided to hold off the release of BlackBerry Connect until RIM’s case was settled. Evidently it just didn’t make any business sense to release a new solution just a few months before the looming threat of a shutdown of that very solution.
Now that the uncertainty has been lifted with RIM having been granted “an unfettered right to continue its business, including its BlackBerry related business” and that I have already seen a working ‘final’ version of the Treo BlackBerry Connect service at 3GSM I am optimistic that we will at last be able to connect to it very shortly.
Adding to my sense of optimism was an email that I received from Palm stating that:
“You would have no doubt heard that on Friday March 3 2006, RIM and NTP announced that both parties have entered into a settlement agreement and a license which will end the patent litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This would have meant that RIM would have potentially had to cease its American email service.
Palm's view on this is that we have long believed that a settlement between these parties would be the eventual outcome. We have remained focused on competing in the market by delivering choice to our customers based upon open, standards-based products that win in the marketplace. Palm's partnerships with Good Technology and Microsoft are attracting a growing number of customers. In the United States, we are gaining share of the smartphone market faster than any other supplier, including RIM. We think our momentum will continue as more and more companies understand and deploy our solutions.”
Considering that combined the Treo 650 and Treo 700w already offer the most wireless email solutions of any smartphone, the addition of BlackBerry Connect will surely make for a nice icing on the cake…
Treonauts always have the most connections…