Cingular Wireless has just announced that it will begin offering the Palm Treo 680 at the end of this week, but the unlocked version goes on sale today.
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With the carrier subsidy that comes with a two-year contract, this new smartphone will be available for just under $200. Those who want the unlocked version, which can be used with any carrier, will have to pay $400.
Starting Friday, the Treo 680 will be officially available through Cingular Wireless retail stores, this carrier’s web site, some national retailers, and through Cingular’s B2B sales organization.
However, even though the Treo 680 is not supposed to go on sale until November 24, some stores have already started offering it.
At most venues, this device will only be available in silver, but those who order it from Palm’s web site will have a wider choice of colors: silver, red, orange, and white.
This Palm OS-based device will be available in Palm’s retail stores on December 1.
More About the Treo 680
This smartphone greatly resembles previous Treos, but does not need the unpopular external antenna that those models had to have. It is also be thinner than its predecessors.
The 680 runs Palm OS Garnet and includes 64 MB of user-available storage. An SD slot provides additional storage space.
It is a quad-band GSM smartphone with support for GPRS and EDGE. It also includes Bluetooth.
Naturally, this Treo includes a suite of PIM applications — Address Book, Calendar, To-Do list. It is also bundled with a suite of applications that will allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents. Other software will let users exchange email, access the Web, listen to MP3s and play video on this Treo’s 320-by-320-pixel display.