Cingular Makes the GSM palmOne Treo 650 Official

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Quickly after their Treo 650 product page was discovered last night, Cingular made the 650 official releasing it today. The price on their promotional site was wrong though, $50 lower than the $449.99 it really is after rebate with a 2-year contract. Cingular’s EDGE data service runs $19.99/month, $5 more than Sprint PCS. The 650 isn’t showing on Cingular’s site yet, but it is available through palmOne.

Read our review of the palmOne Treo 650

Here’s the full release with info on their EDGE network:

Cingular and palmOne Deliver First Treo 650 Smartphone With High-speed EDGE Wireless Data Capabilities

Treo 650 Worldphone Offers Cingular Consumer and Business Customers Fast and Secure Access to Email, the Web and Enterprise Applications

ATLANTA and MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Cingular Wireless and palmOne Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO) today announced the availability of the Treo(TM) 650 smartphone, the first device of its kind to take advantage of the carrier’s EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) network — the fastest national wireless data network in the country. the Treo 650 also is a quad-band worldphone, so Cingular customers can make and receive voice calls in 170 countries and access data in nearly 75 countries (1).

“The future of wireless is all about fast and ubiquitous access to information and applications,” said Jeff Bradley, vice president of Cingular’s Business Markets Group. “The blend of Cingular’s ALLOVER network’s high-speed connections, palmOne’s full-featured, easy-to-use Treo 650, and the rich ecosystem of Palm OS applications is a winning combination for mobile professionals interested who need real-time access to their most critical information.”

The Treo 650 combines a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, a Palm OS(R) organizer, messaging, web access and digital camera, letting users organize and simplify their business and personal lives all in one device (2). The newest member of the Treo family builds on the award-winning design of the Treo 600 with new and improved features, including a high-resolution screen; expanded multimedia capabilities, such as an MP3 player and video capture and playback(3); removable battery; non-volatile memory; and Bluetooth(R) wireless technology.

“In a world where everyone is mobile and everything is digital, people value mobile access to the information they care about most,” said Ken Wirt, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, palmOne. “With Cingular’s strong voice and data network, the Treo 650 smartphone meets this need by delivering a great voice and data experience in a single, easy-to-use device.”

EDGE Benefits for Treo 650 Users

Equipped with EDGE technology, the Treo 650 can access accelerated data speeds averaging up to 135 kilobits per second (kbps), which is nearly three times the speed of a conventional wired dial-up connection. Cingular’s EDGE network is available in more than 8,500 cities and towns and along 30,000 miles of highways.

EDGE’s fast data speeds and widespread coverage, combined with a high-resolution screen, improved QWERTY keyboard for easy text entry, and user-replaceable battery, make the Treo 650 an ideal platform for enterprise email and vertical market applications. When deployed with enterprise email solutions, such as Cingular’s XpressMail or GoodLink by Good Technology, the Treo 650 enables users to send and receive email, meeting invitations, and updates to contact directories and to-do lists.

The Treo 650 enables enterprises to deploy real-time applications tailored for a wide range of industries, including healthcare, high-tech, professional services and more. With EDGE’s data capabilities, the Treo 650 on Cingular’s network offers faster data rates for best-in-breed solutions, such as field-service/sales-force automation and patient/case management, putting critical data more quickly into the hands of enterprise professionals. Cingular Wireless is the leader in enterprise Wireless Data solutions, serving employees of 95 of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers. It also serves more than 1,200 federal, state and local government agencies.

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