palmOne Announces Treo 600 Without Camera for the Sprint PCS Network

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The palmOne Treo 600, arguably the most full featured Smartphone on the market, now has a sister without the camera. Listening to security concerns from many of its enterprise customers, palmOne launched the slightly scaled back Treo. This model goes on sale today for $600 through Sprint PCS Business sales.

What everyone really wants to know though, is what’s next? palmOne is expected to release many more products in the Treo family going forward, but the timing is uncertain. It appears palmOne wants to try to get more life out of its products, since their core markets are enterprise and govenment.

Both markets lend themselves well to buying established product that doesn’t turn over quickly. Often times IT will have to obtain approval to deploy a PDA or Smartphone and by the time the process is complete, the product landscape has shifted, causing them to go back and seek a new approval. palmOne’s product line stability offers these markets the certainty they need for approvals and funding.

2004 is a critical time for palmOne though, with the shifting PDA landscape in general and the stability of PalmSource in question. They won’t be able to stand pat for very long…

RELEASE:

Businesses that want to provide mobile employees with the best tools for productivity while still balancing corporate security concerns now have a simpler task. Sprint (NYSE:FON) announced today nationwide availability of a non-camera version of the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device Treo 600 by palmOne. Available today, only from Sprint, this non-camera version was designed to address corporate security concerns raised by camera phones and incorporates all the other same timesaving and user-friendly features as the original version including a Palm OS 5.2.1 based organizer, a backlit QWERTY keyboard with dome-shaped keys, email, messaging and web-browsing capabilities and a Sprint PCS Phone. (1)

The Treo 600 is now available at a suggested retail price of $599.99 through Sprint business channels including the PCS direct sales force and the Sprint PCS Business SolutionsSM Program. Sprint will continue to carry the original Treo 600 with the embedded camera in all sales channels including business channels, Sprint Stores and (coming soon) online at www.sprint.com/business.

Camera phones can bring a great advantage to many industries, especially real estate and insurance, but some companies have credible concerns about the devices being used to copy sensitive information. Sprint continues to demonstrate its leadership by providing an innovative portfolio of wireless productivity devices that help our customers meet challenges within the business environment, said Phil Bowman, vice president of Integrated Solutions, Sprint Business Solutions. This additional version of the Treo 600 gives mobile professionals a way to utilize the high-speed data capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network and remain productive without worry of violating any company restrictions when they are visiting clients or back in their own offices.

Business customers opting for this new version will find that it is equipped with the same specifications and convenient and powerful productivity tools such as a 144MHz ARM 9 processor , 32 MB of memory (24 MB available for end user storage), built-in speakerphone, customizable buttons and a five-way navigation button. The device has access to thousands of productivity software titles offered on the Sprint PCS Software Store at http://sprint.handango.com, as well as downloadable Sprint PCS Vision applications that can be billed directly to the customer.

Sprint provides various options for Treo 600 users who want to check email while away from the office. Sprint PCS Business Connection Enterprise and Personal editions interface seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Lotus Domino data and offer the ability to access multiple inboxes including one corporate and up to two Internet mailboxes, open and view attachments and access contacts and calendar information. Available to Sprint Treo 600 users through the Sprint PCS Business Solutions Program, GoodLink provides real-time access to Microsoft Outlook applications and Web-enabled enterprise systems with continuous, two-way real-time synchronization.

The Treo 600 continues to attract a larger audience of corporate customers looking to provide their employees with an all-in-one communication solution, said Tim Roper, senior director of wireless sales, palmOne. By offering the non-camera Treo 600, we believe we can meet the needs of more security-conscious customers, expand our available market and still offer all the features the Treo 600 is known for, including a great email experience.

The U.S. market for converged mobile devices, or smartphones, will more than double in 2004 to 4.5 million units, driven in part by an increasing number of enterprises investigating the viability of mobility, said David Linsalata, research analyst with IDC. Because mobility policies vary between enterprises, the ability to offer a range of devices and device capabilities, such as Sprint s camera and non-camera Treo 600 s, will be critical for the continued growth of this market.

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