There is an indication that the first Windows Mobile Treo might be available from Sprint PCS much sooner than expected.
According to The Consumer Electronics Stock Blog, Bear Stearns analysts Andrew Neff, Bill Hand, and Ted Chung say that the Treo 700w will be released by Sprint “ahead of schedule, as early as end of February.”
It will supposedly charge $450 for it.
On the Level?
If these analysts are correct, it would be huge surprise for many in the industry.
Currently, Verizon Wireless has an exclusive contract to offer this device. While the details of this aren’t known, these contracts typically last three months.
If Sprint releases the Treo 700w at the end of February, it would mean that Verizon’s contract for less than two months.
Also, in a interview with a Palm representative, Brighthand was explicitly told that no carrier other than Verizon will offer this smartphone before this summer.
More About the Windows Mobile Treo
It has 25 MB of RAM available to the user. It also includes 62 MB of built-in, user-accessible storage, and an SD card slot that allows even more files and applications to be stored.
Although it runs Windows Mobile, Palm has been allowed to add tweaks to this platform that no other cellular-wireless Pocket PC can offer.
This model has Bluetooth 1.2 short-range wireless networking, but not built-in Wi-Fi. Still, users have option of using a Wi-Fi SD card. Palm itself lists one of these that’s definitely compatible on its online store.
This Pocket PC has a 240-by-240-pixel touchscreen,. This is well below the screen resolution of the Palm OS version of this smartphone.
The Treo 700w has a 1.3 megapixel camera, allowing it to take 1280-by-1024-pixel pictures.