Last month, Vodafone became the first carrier to offer a new Windows Mobile-based smartphone from Palm, Inc., the Treo 750v.
Ever since then, many people in the U.S. have been waiting impatiently for this device to be available outside of Europe. Thanks to some leaked information, Cingular Wireless is expected to be the first U.S. offering this device, but there has been no word on when this will start.
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It seems that one of the factors holding up the U.S. release of the Treo 750 has been the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Getting approval from this government agency is an absolute requirement before any wireless device can be introduced in this country.
Yesterday, Palm received the FCC approval it needs to introduce this smartphone.
Palm asked that none of the documents it filed with the FCC be made public, but the few that are on the his government agency’s web site reveal that the official name for this device will be the Treo 750.
More About the Treo 750 Series
This model is the first Windows Mobile Treo to use the GSM wireless standard, and it also offers support for 3G cellular-wireless networks.
The 750 greatly resembles previous smartphones from Palm, but, unlike its predecessors, it does not need an external antenna. It has a tablet design, with a 240-by-240-pixel touchscreen above an alphanumeric keyboard.
It runs Window Mobile 5.2 for Pocket PC on a 300 MHz processor from Samsung. This device has 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM, about 60 MB of which is available to uses as non-volatile internal storage. A miniSD card slot provides additional storage.
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This quad-band GSM phone also supports GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS. Palm hasn’t yet made an official announcement of this, but the word on the street is that a software upgrade will add HSDPA support.
In addition, it includes Bluetooth 1.2, and give users the ability to use wireless stereo headsets.
This Treo has a 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom. It is able to take both still images and video.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.