Sprint Releases Treo 600 without a Camera

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Almost all smart phones include a built-in camera. While this may make them more appealing to consumers, it makes them unacceptable to many businesses, who are worried about their trade secrets being stolen.

That’s why many business totally block any devices being brought into their facilities that have a camera, including handhelds and smartphones.

In response, Sprint is now offering a version of the Treo 600 that lacks the camera that is included in the regular version. This is available through Sprint’s business channels. It will continue to offer the Treo 600 with a built-in camera to consumers and business users who want it.

“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,” 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.”

Aside from the camera being removed, this new version is identical to the Treo 600 Sprint has been offering since last year.

It runs Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It has 32 MB of RAM, of which 24 MB is available to the user.

The Treo 600 has a 160-by-160 pixel color screen above a small QWERTY keyboard. It also includes an SD slot.

This smartphone is roughly 4.4 by 2.4 by 0.9 inches.

The Treo 600 with or without a camera sells for the same price: $599.99. More information can be found on the Sprint PCS web site.

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