Palm Treo 700w Available Now

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Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, going on now in Las Vegas, Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan officially announced that Verizon Wireless will begin offering his company’s first Windows Mobile device on January 5.

Sure enough, this wireless carrier now lists this smartphone on its web site.

Pricing and Availability

At launch, this Pocket PC will be available only from Verizon.

In its best deal, this carrier will charge $400 with a two-year contract that meets Verizon’s qualifications. This figure comes after a $100 instant rebate.

Those considering buying this device should be aware that Palm has said that a similar model Treo with support for GSM/GPRS networks will not be available earlier than the second half of 2006.

Some New Details

Some of the information that was previously circulated about this smartphone was incorrect.

For example, its 128 MB of non-volatile Storage (62 MB user accessible) is above what was previously thought. Because it runs the latest version of Windows Mobile, this behaves similarly to the NVFS Storage in the Treo 650, and won’t be erased if the device’s battery runs down completely.

Some other details on this model are also becoming available today, like the fact that it will have a 312 MHz processor.

More About the Windows Mobile Treo

Windows Mobile Treo The 700w has a shape close to Palm’s other recent smartphones, but not identical.

It has 25 MB of RAM available to the user, and an SD card slot.

Although it will run Windows Mobile, Palm has been allowed to add tweaks to this platform that no other cellular-wireless Pocket PC can offer.

This model has Bluetooth 1.2 short-range wireless networking, but not built-in WiFi. Still, users will have option of using a Wi-Fi SD card. Palm itself lists one of these that’s definitely compatible on its online store.

As a Verizon Wireless device, naturally it is a CDMA-based smartphone that supports EV-DO. This means that the 700w is the first smartphone from Palm able to supply typical data transfer speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps). That’s well above any other currently-available Treo.

This Pocket PC has a 240-by-240-pixel touchscreen, like HP’s most recent Windows Mobile smartphones. This, however, is well below the screen resolution of the Palm OS version of this smartphone.

The Treo 700w has a 1.3 megapixel camera, allowing it to take 1280-by-1024-pixel pictures.

More information is available on Palm’s web site.

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