One of Palm’s older smartphones may be getting a new lease on life. If an unconfirmed report is correct, Verizon Wireless and Palm will soon release a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Treo 700wx.
An internal Palm document has been leaked that says Verizon Treo 700wx Update 1.24 will soon be released, which will include Windows Mobile 6 Professional. The process for releasing this must have been underway for some time, as this will apparently be the 6.0 version, not the more recent 6.1.
Still, this will be a significant enhancement for the 700wx, which debuted in 2006 running Windows Mobile 5.0 Pro. This new version will include a number of improvements to the bundled applications, such as support for documents in the Microsoft Office 2007 formats and the ability to use Voice Command over a Bluetooth headset.
The leaked document says this upgrade will be released sometime during the spring or summer of 2008. It will be available free of charge.
There has been no word of Sprint offering a similar upgrade for its version of the Treo 700wx.