Sprint has introduced Palm’s latest Windows Mobile smartphone… for real this time. The Treo Pro offers mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, a keyboard, and a GPS receiver.
Sprint had planned on releasing the Treo Pro in January — and actually listed it on its website for a short period — but had to push this release back several times because of a significant bug in the system software. At one point, it was going to be the first U.S. carrier to offer this model, but Alltel has since beat it to the punch.
Sprint is charging $200 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. To order this model, visit Sprint’s website.
An Overview of the Palm Treo Pro
This smartphone has the design that’s become a hallmark of the Treo line, a candybar shape with 320-by-320-pixel touchscreen above a QWERTY thumb-keyboard.
It runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional on a 400 MHz processor from Qualcomm, and comes with Microsoft’s standard suite of productivity and entertainment applications.
Other features include an external microSD card slot for additional storage, a built-in GPS receiver, and a 2.0 MPx camera.
More about Sprint’s Version
The Treo Pro has been available therough other sources for some time. In addition to the Alltel version, a GSM version is being sold by Palm directly to U.S. consumers as an unlocked device. It is also available through wireless carriers in other parts of the world, including Europe and Canada.
Sprint’s version is a CDMA phone with EV-DO. In addition, it has Wi-Fi and Stereo Bluetooth.
“The combination of Sprint Mobile Broadband with EV-DO (Evolution – Data Optimized) Revision (Rev.) A technology and Windows Mobile 6.1 on a Palm smartphone creates a mobile solution that meets the needs of today’s mobile professionals,” said Kevin Packingham, senior VP of product & technology development for Sprint.
This model supports a number of this carrier’s services: Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, and Pocket Express.
Sprint says its 1500 mAh battery is good for 5 hours of talk time.