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BlackBerry Devices to Offer Mac Support

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 00:10:14 -0500

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Research in Motion Ltd. said Thursday it will
offer for the first time a Macintosh-based e-mail and calendar
application for its BlackBerry handheld devices.

RIM has signed a licensing deal with Information Appliance Associates
to offer free downloads of the PocketMac program for BlackBerries, and
to later integrate the software with the handhelds, officials with the
companies said.

The move deepens RIM's rivalry against Palm Inc., which for years has
provided synchronization software for users of Apple Computer Inc.'s
Mac computers with its line of handhelds and Treo smartphones. The Mac
OS X operating system even includes a free program called iSync that
lets users synch their address and calendar information from their
Macs to Palm handhelds.

By comparison, BlackBerry users with Macs had to resort to third-party
providers. For instance, they would have to find PocketMac, a program
for synching e-mail, contacts, and calendar information from a desktop
to handhelds, on their own and pay $29.95 to get the program

Now with the licensing agreement, Mac users will be able to get the
PocketMac program directly from RIM _ for free, starting in February.


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