Palm Drops Price of Tungsten W

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Palm Inc. has dropped the price of its wireless Tungsten W by $130. This device debuted early this year at $549 but with this price cut it is now selling at the PalmStore for $419.

Tungsten W Even better, people who purchase a Tungsten W can get an additional price reduction by signing up for a wireless service plan from AT&T. This can further reduce the cost of this handheld to as low as $300.

Those who sign up for a $40 per month plan, which offers up to 20 MB of Wireless Data transfer, can get $120 taken off the cost of the handheld. A $30 per month plan includes 10 MB of wireless data transfer and reduced the cost of the handheld by $70 while a $20 per month plan offers 8 MB of Wireless Data transfer and cuts $20 off the price of the Tungsten W.

This model is also part of the Palm Store’s trade-in program, which allows customers to send in an old but functional Palm OS or Pocket PC model and receive $50 off the price of a handheld.

More about the Tungsten W

The W is a data-centric wireless handheld, which means that while it can make phone calls, its primary use is for wireless networking. It uses a Class 10 GSM/GPRS wireless radio powered by TI’s TCS2100 baseband processor, which offers one of the fastest data-transfer rates available. It is a tri-band device and therefore can be used almost anywhere in the world.

Tungsten W does not have an integrated speaker and microphone like a mobile phone; instead, it comes with a a plug-in headset. It has a new application to allow it to make phone calls, plus users can automatically dial phone numbers from the Address Book. It supports many phone services like speed dialing, caller ID, call forwarding, 5-way conference calling, and more. Its 1500 mAh lithium ion battery provides up to 10 hours of talk time.

Naturally, one of the major uses for this device is email and it ships with Palm VersaMail, the company’s new personal email software. This app can download and view the text of Microsoft Word documents and HTML email attachments. It also includes advanced folder and filtering capabilities, the flexibility to delete many messages at one time, and easy access to common tasks such as forwarding email and moving messages. Windows PC synchronization support allows automatic conversion of most Microsoft Office documents using DataViz Documents To Go. Users can synchronize email with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes 5.0, and Eudora.

The W includes a 320 by 320 pixel color screen that can display 65,536 colors. Under the screen is a small keyboard to make writing email and SMS messages easier. It also has the same D-pad the Tungsten T uses. The whole handheld is 5.4 by 3.0 by .65 inches, including the antenna, and weighs 6.4 ounces.

It runs Palm OS 4.1.1 on a Motorola Dragonball VZ 33 MHz processor and includes 16 MB of RAM.

It has an SD/MMC slot which allows it to use postage-stamp-sized memory cards and other peripherals. Like the Tungsten T and most of the company’s other models, uses the Palm Universal Connector.

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