Sprint today announced its CDMA 2000 wireless network, being touted as PCS Vision will be available starting next week. The Handspring Treo 300 will run on the new network, and although they didn’t give a release date for the Treo 300, we can confirm it is now being sold in certain stores in the U.S. Tommie of Novi, MI has sent us some pictures of his newly purchased Treo 300. The Treo 300 was purchased at the Sprint store in Novi, MI for $499.99 yesterday. The rest of the consumers across the country should expect to see this device by Monday.
The Treo 300 has the same 12-bit color screen the Treo 270 and 90 use. The device has 16MB of RAM and a backlit integrated keyboard. It will run on the Sprint PCS Vision network, a fast data transfer CDMA network. The Treo 270 and Treo 180 run on the slower GSM network, but will soon be able to run on the faster GPRS network after Handspring releases an update for the devices (CDMA is the most used in the U.S., GMS is very popular in Europe and Asia and provides for excellent standardization on those contintents).
Pictures of the Treo 300
(above is pricing plan brochure from Sprint)
Pricing (quoted from Sprint’s website)
Sprint will be charging customers based on amounts of data transferred, here is a basic breakdown of the plans you can get and what they cost. Notice you can subscribe through Sprint for Voice minutes with data transfer (PCS Free & Clear with Vision) or simply for data transfer without the voice plan (PCS Vision for Laptops and PDAs).
PCS Free & Clear with Vision — Initially ranging in price from $44. 99 to $119.99, PCS Free & Clear with Vision plans will include megabytes for data usage along with varying amounts of voice minutes, depending on the individual plan. For a limited time, Sprint will offer special introductory rate plans that provide more Anytime Minutes than standard Free & Clear plans; allow customers to share minutes with another PCS phone for no additional charge and each phone will have two megabytes of data to use. An example of the introductory PCS Free & Clear with Vision plans include the $89.99 per month plan that features 2,000 Anytime Minutes that can be used by an individual or shared between two people. Additional phones can share the minutes for only $20 per phone and each phone on the plan will receive two megabytes of data. The special introductory plans require a one- or two-year PCS Advantage Agreement and will be available until October 31, 2002.
PCS Vision for Laptops and PDAs – For a limited time, business customers may take advantage of introductory pricing at four levels: $39.99 per month for 20 megabytes; $59.99 per month for 40 megabytes; $79.99 per month for 70 megabytes and $119.99 per month for 120 megabytes, all with a one-year PCS Advantage Agreement. Business customers can also select an introductory offer of unlimited data usage for $49.99 per month for the first three months and $99.99 thereafter with a one-year PCS Advantage Agreement.
Pictures courtesy of Tommie, Thanks!