Although Palm, Inc. officially announced its latest smartphone last month, and has promised that over twenty carriers will be offering it by the middle of next year, no carrier is offering it yet.
This is because, until now, this Palm OS-based device has not had approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an absolutely necessary step before this smartphone can be introduced in the U.S.
The Treo 680 received the FCC approval it needed yesterday, which means this device can be released at any time.
Coming Next Week?
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Thanks to several leaks and rumors, it has been known for some time that Cingular Wireless will be among the first, if not the first, to offer this model.
It’s not known at this point when this will happen, but Cingular has scheduled an news conference for Monday, November 13, during which it’s possible this carrier will announce the Treo 680.
Palm promised that this device will be competitively priced, and, according to a document that recently leaked out of Cingular, this model will cost about $200 with a 2-year contract and an unlimited data plan.
More About the Treo 680
This smartphone will greatly resemble previous Treos, but not need the unpopular external antenna that those models had to have. It will also be thinner that its predecessors.
The 680 will run Palm OS Garnet and include 64 MB of user-available storage.
It will be a GSM quad-band smartphone with support for GPRS and EDGE. It will also include Bluetooth.
Naturally, this Treo will include a suite of PIM applications — Address Book, Calendar, To-Do list. It will also be bundled with a suite of applications that will allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents.
The Treo 680 will be available in four different colors, but only if purchased through Palm’s web site. Customers will be able order this device and service from wireless carriers on Palm’s site.