Palm announced their first 3G model - Treo 750v for the Vodafone networks. The smartphone runs on Windows Mobile 5.2 OS for PocketPC and is the first Windows powered device of the company for the GSM networks (Treo 700w is CDMA). Treo 750v has an internal antenna - another first for Palm. The network support of the device is extensive - quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100), which means that there will be versions for the device for North American carriers like Cingular.
Treo 750v has a square TFT touchscreen (240 x 240 pixels, 65K colors), a QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 megapixel camera on the back and a miniSD card slot. The connectivity options include Bluetooth, Infrared and USB. A 300 Mhz Samsung processor provides the needed computing power for the device. The size and weight of the Treo 750v are typical for a PocketPC - 111 x 58 x 22 mm and 154g.
The new Treo 750v will be available first to Vodafone customers in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and other regions by the end of the calendar year.
Palm press release
Palm Introduces Windows Mobile-Based Treo 750v Smartphone for Vodafone Customers
Palm (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 750v smartphone, the first Treo smartphone to take advantage of Vodafone's 3G/UMTS network. The Treo 750v brings the Palm experience on Microsoft(R)'s Windows Mobile(R) 5.0 to Europe for the first time. The new Treo 750v will be available first to Vodafone customers in the following countries: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and other regions by the end of the calendar year.
The Treo 750v combines the hallmark Palm experience of a multifeatured mobile phone with email, messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a new compact design.(1) The new smartphone comes with Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for Windows Mobile 5.0, which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features free and out of the box.(2) It is also fully compatible with Vodafone Business Email, giving remote access to enterprise and Internet-based email accounts. These business-ready solutions address the need for a robust push-email solution that can be deployed easily by small businesses to global enterprises.
Unique to the Treo smartphone on Windows Mobile 5.0 is a suite of software enhancements developed by Palm that underscores its brand promise of fast access, ease of use and simplicity. Examples include the following:
- Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to "dial
by name" with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web
search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch
dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
- Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and
stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such
as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy
- Ability to ignore a call and quickly compose a text message,
such as "In a meeting" or "Can't talk"; and
- Dedicated messaging application for SMS/MMS that is organized
in a "chat thread" so users can reference prior messages and
use emoticons for a personal touch.
"The new Treo 750v smartphone, when combined with our high-speed 3G/UMTS network and push email, makes an invaluable tool for our business customers," said Oliver Mauss, global director of Business Marketing, Vodafone. "Our commitment to help customers increase their productivity and make the most of their business and personal time will be further enhanced by the addition of this new innovative device to our range of business solutions."
"We're excited to team up with Palm and Vodafone to launch a Windows Mobile-based Treo in Europe. We're seeing significant adoption of mobile applications among business users in the region, and the Treo is an attractive proposition for organizations considering mobile deployments," said Nick Barley, business and marketing officer, Microsoft U.K. Limited. "The Treo 750v builds on the power and flexibility of Windows Mobile, Palm's unique design and user experience, and service through one of the world's leading mobile operators to deliver a winning solution that connects professionals to their critical information while on the go."
Treo 750v Features and Benefits
- Powerful Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Palm enhancements;
- Integrated SMS/MMS with chat view and dedicated inbox;
- Mobile access to multiple business and personal email
- 3G/UMTS network for fast data access;
- 1.3-megapixel digital camera that also captures video;
- Windows Media(R) Player 10 Mobile for music and video;
- Built-in Bluetooth(R) wireless technology enhanced to support
Bluetooth enabled stereo headsets;
- Mini-SD expansion slot; and
- 240x240 transflective (TFT) touch screen.