palmOne has announced that its Treo 600 smart phone is now available through Cingular, several days earlier than expected.
palmOne is taking orders on its Handspring web site, where the Treo 600 with Cingular service costs $499 to those starting a new service plan, otherwise this smart phone is $699. However, those who already have an earlier cellular-wireless Treo can get this latest model for $399 until November 24.
It is also available in Cingular Wireless retail stores and B2B sales channels, as well as select authorized retail dealers in most Cingular Wireless markets throughout the United States.
The Treo 600 is also already available from Sprint PCS and palmOne expects T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless to begin offering it in the near future.
The Treo 600 is a major upgrade and redesign of Handspring's smart phone line. It offers the latest version of the Palm OS and more memory in a smaller casing. It also includes a camera and an SD slot.
The Treo 600 series runs Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It has 32 MB of RAM, of which 22 MB to 25 MB will be available to the user, depending on the set-up chosen by the wireless providers that offering it.
The Treo 600 is actually the name for a whole series of new smart phones from palmOne. This will include both CDMA and GSM/GPRS versions. The version being offered by Cingular is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) world phone that allows customers to make and receive calls on GSM/GPRS networks worldwide.
"The Treo 600 lets customers take full advantage of our GSM/GPRS network," said Marc Lefar, chief marketing officer, Cingular Wireless. "You can talk on the phone while checking your calendar or look up another contact without having to end the phone call. You can also use the built-in QWERTY keyboard to easily text message a friend or write an email to a colleague. You can even take a picture with the built-in VGA camera and in just a few steps send it to another phone or email address. It is a remarkable product that really does it all."
Like previous Treo models, the Treo 600 series has a 160-by-160 pixel color screen. The new models are significantly smaller than their predecessors at 4.41 by 2.36 by .87 inches. The casing design and coloration will vary between service providers.
The Treo 600 was designed by Handspring, but this company recently merged with Palm Inc. to become palmOne.
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