palmOne Treo 650 GSM/GPRS/EDGE now available in New Zealand
Posted on 1-Feb-2005 10:57
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palmOne, Inc. has announced the availability of its Treo 650 smartphone in New Zealand. The Treo 650 is based on the current Treo 600 design, with new new features and improvements. The Treo 650 brings corporate email and productivity applications to mobile professionals, combining a full-featured quad-band mobile phone, a Palm OS organiser, messaging and web access functionality within a compact form factor.
Users can dial contacts by name from their contacts list or enter a name or number on the QWERTY keyboard or on-screen dial pad. Speakerphone, speed dial, conference calling, call history, and caller ID make managing calls easier.
The Treo 650 is available as a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone, and its recommended retail price is NZD$1,299 (US$ 920) without wireless service, which is available from Vodafone New Zealand.
The Treo 650 smartphone supports an infrastructure of wireless carriers and software developers, including Seven, Intellisync and Extended Systems.
palmOne has integrated Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync with its VersaMail email application on the Treo 650 smartphone, eliminating the need to buy and manage the cost and complexity of third-party servers and software. VersaMail provides customers with a solution for secure, wireless email that is cost-effective and can be deployed quickly and easily. Compatibility with Exchange Server 2003 enables direct corporate email and calendar synchronisation.
The Treo 650 is also the first palmOne smartphone to incorporate Intel's new 312MHz XScale PXA270 processor, adding new technologies designed to meet the multimedia and security requirements of the new Treo 650.
The Treo 650 comes with an improved higher resolution colour display with 320 x 320 pixels. It still gives a small memory (23MB for user data, or 22MB on multilingual systems) but it's now of a type (NVRAM) that will not be lost if the batteries go flat. There's a SDIO expansion slot, so users can still add more memory by using SD or MMC cards.
The combination of NVRAM and removable battery means the user can replace its battery without losing the contents of the PDA. The keyboard was redesigned and provides easier typing.
The built-in camera is now a better 1.3mpixels (VGA resolution), with 2x digital zoom, and users can send and receive SMS and MMS.
It also comes with integrated Bluetooth technology for communicating with headsets, computers and printers equipped with Bluetooth technology.