Handspring’s Treo gets GPRS

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Handspring, Inc. today released its GPRS software upgrade for Treo customers using T-Mobile wireless service in the United States. This user-installable software upgrade brings a new level of performance and simplicity to the Treo 180 and 270. The software enhances applications like email and web with faster, persistent connections to high-speed data networks. The upgrade also includes improvements to the phone and SMS applications as well as an easy installation and Wireless Data set-up process. Customers can access the download via the web www.t-mobile.com/treoupgrade or www.handspring.com. Current Treo 180, 180g and 270 owners can download this software at no additional cost.

“High-speed data services dramatically improve applications like email and web browsing on a mobile device,” Said Joe Sipher, vice president of worldwide marketing. “We are delighted to be providing our GPRS upgrade to T-Mobile customers nationwide so they can experience all the benefits of the Treo communicator.”

In addition to enabling the Treo 180 and 270 to take advantage of high-speed data networks, Handspring’s GPRS upgrade includes a number of software enhancements. With the upgrade, Treo automatically becomes configured for data access – there is no need for manual configurations or an Internet Service Provider (ISP). In the SMS application web pages can be launched, phone numbers dialed, and emails addressed by simply tapping the corresponding information (URL, phone number or email address) that arrives in a text message. There is also a new Mute button as well as helpful keyboard hints built into the phone application.

Customers upgrading their Treo to take advantage of the Handspring GPRS upgrade may need to contact their service representative and add T-Mobile Internet service to their account. For additional information see www.t-mobile.com/treoupgrade.

The Handspring Treo family is designed to simplify your life and make mobile communications easier than ever before. Treo communicators combine a mobile phone, Palm OS organizer, email, and web browsing into one lightweight, compact device. Built-in thumbable keyboards make sending email, messages, and dialing the phone fast and easy. No other device available today offers the rich combination of wireless voice and data capabilities at such a competitive price.

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