Lenovo and RIM have combined to introduce Lenovo Constant Connect. This is a 54mm Express Card that you put into the appropriate slot in any ThinkPad made after last Summer. With the card in the laptop, you can access your BlackBerry email even with the computer turned off, through the card's dedicated Bluetooth radio and 500MB of inbuilt storage. The card and your 'Berry have to be within 30 feet of each other at all times to read and write email. There are some requirements. You must have the Constant Connect Express Card and a BlackBerry running OS version 4.2
or higher. It will work with Exchange, Outlook, POP and Gmail. Lotus Notes will be supported in the second half of this year. The card will be available in the U.S. through Lenovo and their partners in the second quarter of 2009 at a price of $150. Elsewhere, the release is expected in the second half of this year. Why get Constant Connect? Lenovo cites savings on Wi-Fi fees in the press release, in addition to the added convenience and flexibility you will have using the card. RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie notes that the product will simplify "email synchronization" on mobile computers.