Although both Sprint and Verizon have announced plans to offer Palm, Inc.’s latest smartphone, both have been somewhat vague on exactly when this was going to start. One reason for this was revealed today: the Treo 700p hadn’t been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
As FCC approval is an absolutely necessary step before any wireless device can be released in the United States, both of these wireless carriers have had to delay their release of this smartphone until it was obtained.
Fortunately that has changed, and this government agency has now given its seal of approval to this Treo.
In its FCC filing, Palm requested that the details of this device not be publicly available for 45 days. In this case that’s virtually meaningless. Palm made a huge public announcement of the Treo 700p a few days ago, and Sprint says it will begin offering it before the end of this month with Verizon following shortly thereafter.
Anyone interested in reading the somewhat sparse information currently available on the FCC’s web site can find it here.
More About the Treo 700p
The Treo 700p is the latest smartphone developed by Palm, Inc. It was just announced early this week.
It will have the same general form factor as most of its predecessors: a candybar design with a 320-by-320-pixel screen above a miniature keyboard.
Other significant features in this Treo are a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth 1.2.
Both Sprint and Verizon have said that they will allow this smartphone to be used as a wireless modem for another device, like a laptop.
In addition, it seems both carriers intend to charge the same amount for it: $400 with a two-year contract.
More information on the Treo 700p can be found on Palm’s web site.