TORONTO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Palm Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. have set aside their fierce rivalry with a deal to offer RIM’s BlackBerry wireless e-mail service over Palm’s Treo 650 smartphone, the two firms said on Monday.
Palm and RIM, whose BlackBerry handset competes with the Treo, said they expect U.S. and international phone companies to begin offering the combined product starting in early 2006.
The deal is being done through RIM’s BlackBerry Connect licensing program, which is designed to expand its subscriber base while turning potential competitors into allies.
Almost all of RIM’s current subscribers now access its e-mail service through RIM’s own thumb-operated BlackBerry, which helped popularize wireless e-mailing when it was launched in 1999. (more…)