Email is one of the most important functions of a smartphone and Handspring has just made three announcements about its email strategy for the upcoming Treo 600 line. It is intending to offer a broad range of wireless email choices to meet the needs of enterprise customers, individual users, and carrier partners.
Handspring and SEVEN are going to work together to integrate SEVEN’s mobile email software with the Treo 600 for some wireless service providers. SEVEN’s software, which is currently available on the Treo 300 and 270, will be the default email client on all Treo 600 devices sold by Sprint PCS. It will offer users secure, real-time, over-the-air access to their Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, IMAP and POP email, PIM information, and documents.
Good Technology is working to deliver its GoodLink 2.0 wireless corporate messaging and information access system to the Treo 600. This is the newest version of Good’s cradle-free, real-time synchronized system for wirelessly connecting users with Microsoft Exchange and other critical enterprise information.
Handspring and Visto Corporation have also announced plans to extend Visto’s wireless email solutions to the Treo 600. Visto offers the Visto Mobile Access Solution, Server Edition, which provides departmental and enterprise access to corporate email without the need for a desktop computer. Visto’s Desktop Solution is designed for individual access to corporate, Internet and POP3 email via smartphones
Visto co-developed and launched Treo Mail with Handspring in early 2002 as the first mobile email solution designed for the Treo products.
More About the Treo 600
The Treo 600 is the first model of an almost complete redesign of the Treo line. The most important changes include the move to Palm OS 5 and the addition of a digital camera and an SD slot.
As a smartphone, it will combine the features of a wireless handheld and a mobile phone. There will be both CDMA and GSM/GPRS versions in the Treo 600 series.
The Treo 600 will run Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM, of which 22 MB to 25 MB will be available to the user, depending on the set-up chosen by the wireless providers that will be offering it.
Like previous Treo models it will include an integrated mini keyboard, though this one will be even smaller. It will have a 160-by-160 pixel color screen.
The Treo 600 will be 4.41 by 2.36 by .87 inches. The GPRS version will weigh 5.9 ounces and the CDMA one just over six ounces.
It will be available this fall for between $400 and $500.