Executing on its commitment to deliver wireless solutions to mobile professionals and businesses, Palm, Inc. today launched the Palm(TM) i705 handheld. It is the only wireless solution in the marketplace that delivers all of the following benefits:
— always-on(1) “push” email from up to eight email accounts;
— secure, end-to-end, behind-the-firewall email for corporate users;
— web browsing via Google search or URL entry; plus
— classic Palm Personal Information Management (PIM) features, such as Date Book and Address Book, combined in a sleek silver one-piece package.
Palm also today announced an enterprise-class, end-to-end, behind-the-firewall, wireless messaging solution, based on the new Palm i705 handheld, for large deployments. The Palm i705 Wireless Messaging Solution directly addresses the manageability, support and security concerns of IT managers who are deploying handhelds to large numbers of mobile workers.
“The Palm i705 is a compelling offering that addresses the need for an always-on mobile information management and email solution that serves the needs of mobile individuals as well as integrates into corporate infrastructure,” said Kevin Burden, an analyst at IDC, the worldwide market research firm based in Framingham, Mass. “We believe strong demand exists for an end-to-end wireless solution that enterprises can procure from a single vendor.”
Growing Mobile Work Force Demands Flexibility and Control “People today are more mobile than ever, and the Palm i705 handheld was conceived, designed and made especially for mobile business users and corporate IT — a first for Palm,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Palm’s Solutions Group. “The freedom to travel while remaining connected to email and messaging is a key competitive advantage for people and companies. Just as important is the ability to manage and filter incoming information from multiple messaging accounts, and our i705 handheld delivers personal control like no other product on the market today.”
The Palm i705 handheld provides the following benefits:
— the ability to consolidate incoming email from as many as eight accounts;
— notification of new email by LED, sound or vibration;
— on-the-fly filtering of mail from different sources;
— multiple forms of data entry, including an optional Palm Mini Keyboard, introduced today, that slips over the bottom of the i705 and provides for “thumb typing;”
— powerful complementary business software valued at more than $100.
Included inbox is DataViz’ Documents To Go 4.0 Professional Edition, providing unparalleled ability to read, create and edit Word and Excel documents while preserving formatting. It also permits viewing of PowerPoint presentations sized for the handheld’s screen.
Two software programs are at the heart of the desktop-to-handheld collaboration. On the Palm i705 handheld, email management is made possible by the Palm MultiMail(R) Deluxe application, which supports a business account, an included webmail account at Palm.com, and support for the most widely used email accounts, such as Yahoo!, Earthlink, Mindspring, and other leading Internet email services.
On the desktop, MultiMail Deluxe Desktop Link — a Microsoft Windows application that works with Microsoft Outlook and runs continuously in the background — securely encrypts and decrypts email, and redirects messages to users’ Palm i705 handhelds.
Pricing and Availability
Palm believes the Palm i705 handheld is the most competitively priced handheld in its class, considering purchase price, activation fee, and monthly service rate. The product is available this week in U.S. retail stores for an estimated U.S. street price of $449; a Palm.Net service subscription is required to activate the wireless functionality.
FranklinCovey, one of Palm’s top resellers in the United States, is the first Palm OEM to sell the Palm i705 solution through its nationwide retail stores, website and catalog. Based in Salt Lake City, FranklinCovey sells Palm handheld computers bundled with its planning and time-management software and tools.
The Palm Mini Keyboard, 3.25 inches x 2.75 inches, is also available this week at retail stores and online at The Palm Store ( http://store.palm.com ) for $59.95.