Sprint to be the exclusive CDMA provider for the Treo

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Sprint to be the exclusive CDMA provider for the Treo The first devices will be made available some time this summer and will likely be a modified version of the color Treo 270. Support for the revised Treo will come with the completion of Sprint s new third generation network. This will allow the Treo to be much more powerful, giving it always-on access to the internet at speeds of 144kb. Sprint must want the Treo audience pretty bad, as Handspring Chief Operating Officer Ed Colligan said Sprint paid to be the exclusive CDMA carrier for the Treo device. “There is some exclusivity for a period of time…and there was some compensation from Sprint, but this is a strategic announcement,” Colligan said. He went on to say that, “This opens up a new set of potential customers for us,” referring to the 15.2 million subscribers of Sprint’s wireless service. It s my guess that Sprint doesn t want to take the back seat to Cingular and Voicestream as they embrace new combined devices on their GSM networks. Sprint has been supporting the Samsung and Kyocera units for a long time now and hopes to continue being at the front of the pack. Brian



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