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RELEASE: SmarTone-Vodafone, Palm and Microsoft launched the Palm Treo 750v in Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 03.11.06 - 13:19:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 11550x
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SmarTone-Vodafone, Palm and Microsoft yesterday announced the launched of the new Palm TreoTM 750v for the Hong Kong market. The new Treo 750v, in Hong Kong exclusive to SmarTone-Vodafone, combines phone, E-Mail, messaging and web applications(1) in one single device, which is extremely easy to use. This smartphone features the powerful Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition with Palm's enhancements that enables Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile applications, as well as PDF viewer. With a compact design that fits comfortably in the user's hand, the smartphone offers customers a 5-way navigator designed for true single-handed operation and a touch screen for stylus input.

The new Treo 750v is packaged with Vodafone Business E-Mail - a true mobile push E-Mail service with full viewing of original attachments. Integrated with pen-based Chinese input, Vodafone Business E-Mail makes composing E-Mail in Chinese very simple and efficient - allowing customers to stay closer to their Chinese business partners in simplified or traditional Chinese. The 3G/UMTS and quad-band Treo 750v enables much faster downloads of large attachments as well as worldwide roaming including Japan, Korea, US and Canada, helping customers stay connected while traveling.

"We are pleased to partner with Palm and Microsoft, two industry leaders, in launching the Treo 750v," said Mr. Douglas Li, Chief Executive Officer of SmarTone-Vodafone. "The Treo 750v continues to provide the hallmark Palm ease of use experience. Together with our Vodafone Business Email, customers can now stay productive while on the go. This is another way we help our customers do business without compromise."

According to market research firm The Radicati Group, only an estimated 3 per cent of business E-Mail boxes worldwide are accessed via mobile today. The new Treo 750v allows Palm to target this large, untapped market with push-E-Mail platforms.

"The Treo 750v is the newest and most sophisticated product in Palm's line of smartphones, and it is ideally suited for Hong Kong professionals, who work in one of the most dynamic and demanding business environments in the Asia region," said Paul Blinkhorn, vice president for Palm Asia Pacific. "The Treo 750v gives professionals in Hong Kong a compelling smartphone choice for productivity, and Palm views Hong Kong as a key hub as we continue our phased rollout of the Treo 750v across the Asia region."

This all-in-one multifeatured smartphone also integrates Windows Media Player Mobile for much enriched digital lifestyle. The Treo 750v not only enables customers to play their favorite music and videos, but it can also capture and send pictures and videos with its impressive 1.3-megapixel camera. The Treo 750v supports mini SD card with expandable storage up to 2GB, which can store from hundreds to thousands of songs for enjoyment anytime, anywhere.

"Mobile users in Hong Kong are among the most sophisticated in the world. They want an enhanced mobility experience that is tailored to their lifestyle and goes beyond voice, text messaging and E-Mail. They want to be able to organize themselves by managing their calendars and contacts, listen to music, watch videos and do much more with a single device," said Adam Anger, Senior Director, Business & Marketing Organization, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited. "Building on the power and flexibility of Windows Mobile 5.0, Palm's innovative design and user experience and SmarTone-Vodafone's fast 3G network, the Palm Treo 750v delivers a winning solution for users seeking to enhance their digital lifestyle."

The Treo 750v retails at HK$ 5,980 in all SmarTone-Vodafone stores. For customers who subscribe to a HK$ 128 or above SmarTone iN! on 3G price plan for 12 months, the subscription price is HK$ 5,680. Customers can enjoy an additional rebate of as much as HK$ 1,300 if they subscribe to a Vodafone Business E-Mail service plan or a 3G data plan for a period of 15 months.
To broaden the distribution, SmarTone-Vodafone is partnering with Synergy, Palm's leading distributor in Hong Kong. Customers buying the Treo 750v from Synergy dealers can enjoy a 15-day FREE trial of Vodafone Business E-Mail, with instant activation that allows them to experience mobile push E-Mail even before they leave the stores. The free trial also includes 400 minutes for local voice calls and HK$ 100 local 3G/GPRS data usage. In addition, customers are entitled to a HK$ 750 rebate if they subscribe to Vodafone Business E-Mail and 3G data plan after the free trial period.

All together it sounds great but I'm curious now how and if the Palm Treo 750v will be offered with a HSDPA upgrade. SmarTone just introduced as the first carrier world wide the commercial launch of HSDPA phase 2 with a support of 3.6 Mbits!

Cheers ~ Arne

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