Cingular and palmOne announce the Treo 650 Smartphone with GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Posted on 2-Feb-2005 23:14
Filed under: News
Cingular Wireless and palmOne Inc. have announced the availability of the Treo 650 smartphone, the first device of its kind to take advantage of the carrier's EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) network in the US. The Treo 650 also is a quad-band worldphone, so Cingular customers can make and receive voice calls in 170 countries and access data in nearly 75 countries, depending on roaming agreements, of course.
The Treo 650 combines a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, a Palm OS organizer, messaging, web access and digital camera.
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.
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.
Equipped with EDGE technology, the Treo 650 can access accelerated data speeds averaging up to 135 kilobits per second (kbps). Cingular's EDGE network is available in more than 8,500 cities and towns and along 30,000 miles of highways in the United States.
Using the new device users can send and receive email, meeting invitations and update contact directories over the air, thanks to technologies such as Cingular's XpressMail or GoodLink by Good Technology.
The Treo 650 is available at a suggested retail price of US$549.99 without a contract, and US$449.99 with a two-year contract.