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palmOne Unveils Cross-platform Wireless Keyboard
Posted: 20-Sep-2004 [Source: palmOne]

[palmOne rolls out hardware/software products including a wireless keyboard and a GPS Zire bundle.]

New York -- Responding to the growing market demand for accessories, palmOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO), the market leader in handhelds and smartphones, today introduced three accessories for fall. Included are palmOne's first cross- platform-compatible Universal Wireless Keyboard; a leather Treo(TM) 600 smartphone side-loading case; and a Bluetooth(R) GPS bundle, complete with a Zire(TM) 72 handheld from palmOne.

In a related announcement, Mobile Digital Media (MDM) also announced new software titles and expansion cards for handheld and smartphone customers.

"Now that so many people have incorporated handheld computers and smartphones into every aspect of their lives, it's time to accessorize. A foldable keyboard, fashionable leather case or a new software title are ideal gifts," said Jim Schwabe, general manager of palmOne accessories.

palmOne's First Universal Wireless Keyboard for Devices from palmOne, Dell and HP

Building on the design success of the original Wireless Keyboard, palmOne designed its new keyboard to work with handhelds and smartphones from palmOne, Dell and HP. It is designed for students and business professionals who are heavy email users and who need to compose lengthy wireless emails, notes, reports and compositions away from the desktop or laptop.

Smaller than a standard paperback book, the keyboard tucks neatly into the side pocket of a backpack or briefcase, making it easy to do as much work on a handheld or smartphone as on a laptop. It's the first wireless keyboard from palmOne with cross-platform compatibility, available for $69.99 (NOTE: All prices in this release are estimated U.S. street prices).

Treo 600 Smartphone Leather Side Case Offers Style and Easy-to-use Functionality

palmOne's stylish black leather case with white stitching for the Treo 600 smartphone allows users to travel in style. The unique side-loading case also has a removable belt clip and a snap-closure to keep the Treo 600 secure. The product is available for $29.99.

For those who want a bit more color or personalization, palmOne has a line of colorful, high-quality, fashionable cases, styli and other carryalls called the palmOne persona line, designed by Vaja exclusively for palmOne. Customers can even personalize their unique case with their name, which can be embossed on the back cover or on the inside lid. More details available at www.palmOne.com/persona.

Bluetooth GPS Navigator Bundle Provides Connectivity On the Road

Complete with a Zire 72 handheld from palmOne, the GPS bundle includes Navigator software from TomTom with real-time 3-D and 2-D navigation display. People on the go can access maps for the entire United States and Canada -- more than 4.5 million points of interest. The bundle sells for $449; $399 after a limited $50 rebate available from palmOne. GPS Navigator from palmOne provides users with reliable and easy-to-follow maps and directions based on the latest global satellite technology. The GPS Navigator connects wirelessly to the palmOne handheld via Bluetooth technology and provides voice-guided turn-by-turn instructions.

Bringing More Memory, Maps, Games to Handhelds and Smartphones

-- The 512MB expansion card (489MB user available) stores software, music, pictures, videos, eBooks and more. Compatible with all Zire and Tungsten(TM) handhelds and Treo smartphones with an expansion card slot -- $119

-- Directions on-the-go provides the ability to create turn-by-turn driving directions directly on compatible handhelds and smartphones, plus maps for the largest U.S. cities (additional cities available via download). CD-ROM shipping late September -- $39.99

-- Zondervan NIV Study Bible, the best-selling and most comprehensive study Bible now available for mobile devices, features more than 20,000 study notes and more than 100,000 cross-references. Also includes five other Bible translations, devotionals, reading plans and more. CD-ROM shipping late September -- $29.99

-- Centipede & More Classic Games, a compilation of popular games on one CD, including Centipede, Tennis Addict, Mahjongg, Chess and many more. CD-ROM available now -- $29.99

-- Hold'Em Poker and Casino Collection brings the most popular casino games to mobile devices, including Texas Hold 'Em, the ultimate poker game that's taking America by storm. CD-ROM shipping early October -- $29.99

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