GSM Version of Treo 650 Debuts… in New Zealand

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Cingular isn’t going to be the first wireless service provider to offer the GSM version of the Treo 650 after all. Vodafone New Zealand has stolen a march on the big U.S. carrier by rolling out palmOne’s latest smartphone today.

New Zealanders who want a Treo 650 might want to prepare themselves for sticker shock. The suggested price is NZD$1,299 (about US$920) without a wireless service contract.

Update: The Treo 650 has also been announced in Hong Kong. The suggested price there is HK$5,480 (about US$700) without wireless service.

Until now, this smartphone has only been available from Sprint. However, Cingular is expected to begin offering this device tomorrow.

An Overview of the Treo 650

The Treo 650 is an updated version of palmOne’s popular Treo 600. It addresses many of the complaints people had about the original version.

Treo 650 The new model has a screen with four times the resolution of its predecessor: 320 by 320 pixels.

In addition, the new model includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets.

Also, the Treo 650 has a swappable battery, another popular feature the original model lacked.

Despite these changes, the Treo 650 is quite similar to the current Treo 600 in size and shape.

It 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).

Like the Treo 600, the new model has an SD slot. It still isn’t clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it can not.

The 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.

The device being offered by Vodafone New Zealand is a GSM/ GPRS quad-band world phone.

In addition, it is the first Treo to support EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), a wireless networking standard that can provide average speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps, significantly faster than regular GSM/GPRS networks.

More information is available on the palmOne New Zealand web site.

Thanks to Geekzone for the tip.

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