Lenovo Constant Connect for BlackBerry, ThinkPad Now Available
The 54mm Lenovo Constant Connect ExpressCard, which features a built-in Bluetooth radio--with a range of about 30 feet--and 500MB of storage, is designed to make it simpler and more effective for road warriors to manage corporate e-mail while on the go via BlackBerry.
In February, Lenovo announced a new product called Constant Connect, that lets ThinkPad laptop users with BlackBerry smartphones employ a Bluetooth-enabled ExpressCard to synchronize corporate e-mail between their notebooks and smartphones–even if those computers are powered off. Today, the company informed me that Constant Connect is now available for purchase.
The idea behind Constant Connect is to make it simpler and more effective for road warriors to manage corporate e-mail while on the go. It’s also meant to reduce the need to pay for expensive airport or hotel Wi-Fi, since it enables users to receive, compose and send corporate mail via laptop using only your BlackBerry’s wireless connection.
The 54mm Constant Connect ExpressCard, which features a built-in Bluetooth radio–with a range of about 30 feet–and 500MB of storage, sells for $150. The card will work with any Intel Montevina based ThinkPad and BlackBerry running RIM OS v4.2 or higher.
Constant Connect can now be purchased online in the United States separately or along with new ThinkPads via Lenovo and the company’s business partners. ThinkPad users outside of the United States will unfortunately have to wait until later this year.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.