Finally! Palm today announced in London the new Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Phone Edition, the first Treo Pocket PC Phone Edition to take advantage of
Vodafone's 3G/UMTS networks. The Treo 750v brings the Palm experience on
Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 to Europe for the first time. The new Treo 750v
will be available first to Vodafone customers in the following countries:
Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the
UK and other regions by the end of the calendar year.
The Treo 750v combines
the hallmark Palm experience of a multifeatured mobile phone with E-Mail,
messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a new compact design.
The new smartphone comes with Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP)
for Windows Mobile 5.0, which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced
security features free and out of the box. It is also fully compatible with
Vodafone Business E-Mail, giving remote access to enterprise and Internet-based
E-Mail accounts. These business-ready solutions address the need for a robust
push-E-Mail solution that can be deployed easily by small businesses to global
"The new Treo 750v smartphone - made available first in Europe - on the
Vodafone 3G/UMTS network is Palm's latest salvo to reach more customers in
more regions with an ever-expanding line of compelling Treo smartphones,"
said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer from Palm.
"Expanding the Treo footprint globally is a key focus for Palm, and with
collaborative marketing investments in Europe from Palm, Vodafone and
Microsoft, we are confident we can captivate mobile professionals and
businesses and help them be more productive in the office and on the go."
Unique to the Treo smartphone on Windows Mobile 5.0 is a suite of software
enhancements developed by Palm that underscores its brand promise of fast
access, ease of use and simplicity. Examples include the following:
- Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to "dial by name"
with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from
the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed
- Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top
of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and
fast-forward controls for easy navigation
- Ability to ignore a call and quickly compose a text message such as "In
a meeting" or "Can't talk"
- Dedicated messaging application for SMS/MMS that is organized in a "chat
thread" so users can reference prior messages and use emoticons for a
"The new Treo 750v smartphone, when combined with our high-speed
3G/UMTS network and push E-Mail, makes an invaluable tool for our
business customers," said Oliver Mauss, global director of Business
Marketing, Vodafone. "Our commitment to help customers increase their
productivity and make the most of their business and personal time will
be further enhanced by the addition of this new innovative device to our
range of business solutions."
"We're excited to team up with Palm and Vodafone to launch a Windows
Mobile-based Treo in Europe. We're seeing significant adoption of mobile
applications among business users in the region, and the Treo is an
attractive proposition for organizations considering mobile
deployments," said Nick Barley, business and marketing officer,
Microsoft U.K. Limited. "The Treo 750v builds on the power and
flexibility of Windows Mobile, Palm's unique design and user experience,
and service through one of the world's leading mobile operators to
deliver a winning solution that connects professionals to their critical
information while on the go."
More details weren't given yet but you can head over to Palm to see the
specs. Unfortunately neither HSDPA nor W-LAN are mentioned, which means the
Treo 750v lacks the two fastest wireless technologies. UMTS alone isn't bad
at all but well, a little bit more is always nicer.
Cheers ~ Arne