Next month, EarthLink Wireless is going to join the group of wireless service provider who are offering palmOne’s Treo 650 smartphone.
This will be the CDMA/1xRTT version of the device, allowing it to handle both voice calls and transfer data at up to 144 kbps.
The EarthLink Difference
This device will be pre-bundled with EarthLink’s exclusive TotalAccess software, which includes server-side spamBlocker and Virus Blocker.
In addition, EarthLink Wireless offers wireless, over-the-air synchronization between the Treo 650 and EarthLink’s server to keep the users’ address book updated without cradle-based synchronization.
“We are confident that the full-featured Treo 650 coupled with EarthLink’s award-winning services, content, and its exclusive TotalAccess software will provide mobile professionals with everything they need to be productive,” said Brent Cobb, general manager of the EarthLink Wireless service line.
Pricing and Availability
The Treo 650 will go on sale from this wireless service provider in late May for $599 before rebate.
EarthLink Wireless’ calling plans with free night and weekend minutes start at $39.95 per month, with unlimited email and Internet access for an additional $19.95 per month.
More information is available on the EarthLink Wireless web site.
An Overview of the Treo 650
The Treo 650 is palmOne’s latest smartphone, and the company’s new flagship model. As a smartphone, this device has been designed to be both a handheld and a mobile phone in one.
Most users agree that viewing web pages on the Treo 650 is much more satisfying than on typical smartphones because it includes a 320-by-320 pixel display, a much higher resolution than most of its competition.
To make writing email and SMS messages easier, this model has a small QWERTY keyboard below the screen.
In addition, the Treo 650 includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets. It still isn’t clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it cannot.
This smartphone runs Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 312 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.
The Treo 650 has only 23 MB of built-in Storage capacity, so the device’s SD card slot is an important feature.
Also, it has an 1,800 mAh swappable battery, which palmOne says is good for up to 6 hours talk time and up to 300 hours standby time.
The Treo 650 is 4.4 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (113 by 59 by 23 mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).
This new model’s built-in camera is capable of taking both still images and video. Maximum resolution is 640 by 480 pixels for photos or 352 by 288 pixels for videos.
In the U.S., the Treo 650 is already being offered by Sprint and Cingular. It is expected to be available from Verizon soon. In Europe, both Orange and Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) are carrying it.
More information on this smartphone is available on the palmOne web site.