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Palm Slimmest Smartphone To Date : Treo Pro

Palm today announced the launch of the Treo™ Pro, a smartphone combined with
sleek simplicity and robust productivity, and includes compelling features such
as built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, touch-screen and a full keyboard. The Treo™ Pro
smartphone is scheduled for availability in Singapore, which will be announced
at a later date.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2008 – Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today introduced
Treo™ Pro, an effortlessly usable smartphone for businesses that want to
simplify their IT infrastructures and lower costs, and for users who want to
stay on top of their professional and personal lives. With its streamlined
design and Palm® shortcuts layered on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Treo Pro
is a unique combination of sleek simplicity and robust productivity — including
email, Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities(1) — that meets the needs of businesses and
end users alike. Treo Pro, which will be available from Vodafone and O2 in
Europe(2) and from Telstra in Australia, will also be available in an unlocked
version in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, including Singapore.

“Businesses want the control and savings that Windows Mobile affords, in an
innovative and elegant package that keeps their users happy. That’s where Palm
comes in,” said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc.
“Everything about Treo Pro — from the hardware design to the packaging and
accessories – embodies the elegant and simplified end-to-end experience that our
customers expect from Palm.”

The Treo Pro smartphone lets IT managers support an increasingly mobile work
force with the ease of use and robust feature set business professionals demand.
Besides the benefits of lower costs and increased productivity, Treo Pro can
deliver the increased security, easier device management and access to
information on the corporate network that Windows Mobile 6.1 provides.

Users can quickly respond to business and personal email, access the web, stay
on top of appointments and contacts, and use Wi-Fi or GPS on the go.(1) Treo
Pro’s thin design blends a flush, high-resolution color touch screen and a full
QWERTY keyboard with a removable battery that packs up to five hours of talk
time and enough strength for the business user’s needs, offering a powerful yet
effortless mobile experience.

Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

The Treo Pro smartphone, based on the popular Windows Mobile platform, helps
optimize business processes by effortlessly mobilizing users with enhancements
to the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, including:

· One-touch Wi-Fi button — Easy, fast Wi-Fi connection experience
· Today screen enhancements — Web search directly from the Today screen.
· Ringer switch — Silences the device immediately.
· Screen saver — Lets users know at a glance – without turning on the device –
what time it is and whether they’ve missed a call or have a new SMS/MMS message.
· New voicemail indicator — The center button flashes to let users know that a
voicemail is waiting.(3)
· Dedicated email and calendar buttons — Fast one-button access.

“Windows Mobile is delivering mobile solutions that help businesses address the
changing competitive landscape,” said Andrew Lees, senior vice president of
Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business. “The Treo Pro smartphone brings
together a powerful combination of Palm’s feature innovations and Windows Mobile
6.1, providing access to the information people need when away from the office.”

Lower Costs, Increased Productivity

With Treo Pro, businesses can quickly and easily deploy a secure, low-cost and
compatible infrastructure for their mobile workforce by taking advantage of a
tightly integrated Palm and Windows Mobile 6.1 solution, including:

· Microsoft Direct Push Technology(4) — Direct connection to Microsoft Exchange
Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 gives users up-to-date email, contacts and calendars.
· Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 — With the deployment of
Mobile Device Manager, the Treo Pro can deliver increased security, easier
smartphone management, and access to information on the corporate network. IT
professionals can confidently manage large Treo Pro deployments.
· Thousands of applications available for Windows Mobile — Businesses can
extend mobility beyond email to optimize business processes.
· World phone — With high-speed UMTS/HSDPA network capabilities(5), Treo Pro is
a sleek world phone that’s ideal for companies with an international work force.
· Integrated GPS — Users can access maps, turn-by-turn directions and
point-of-interest (POI) searches.(1)
· Support and training — Palm shortcuts make Treo Pro so easy to use,
businesses can spend less on training and support for their users.
· Familiar Windows experience — Users can browse the web with built-in Internet
Explorer Mobile; open, view, and edit Word and Excel compatible files; review
PowerPoint presentations and PDF files; and open ZIP files remotely.

Pricing and Availability

Treo Pro will be available in September in Europe(2) through Vodafone and O2
and in Australia through Telstra. It will be available in the United States in
the fall through the Palm online store (http://www.palm.com/store) as well as
select Internet, retail and enterprise resellers for a suggested retail price of
$ 549. The U.S. version is unlocked and unsubsidized, giving end users the
flexibility to simply insert their existing active SIM card and immediately
start using their Treo Pro without a new contract. Detailed regional pricing is
available from local resellers and distributors. Additional Treo Pro
availability is scheduled to follow worldwide, including Singapore.

The Treo Pro smartphone comes with an international power charger, microUSB
cable and a stereo headset (3.5mm). Other accessories designed exclusively for
Treo Pro (sold separately) include a vehicle power charger, leather side case,
travel microUSB cable, cradle, extra battery, TTY audio adapter, and replacement
styli.More information about the Treo Pro smartphone is available at

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