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ANNOUNCED: Palm official introduced Windows Mobile-Based Treo 750v Smartphone for Vodafone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 12.09.06 - 18:09:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8125x
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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 enterprises.

"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 dials
  • 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 personal touch.

"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


 
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Posted by Alfredo Padilla on 13.09.06 - 18:20:42

Very interesting, I have to say that this device both intrigues and dissapoints me. On the one hand I love the form factor and the one handed functionality. On the other hand the screen resolution and lack of wi-fi is dissapointing. My next phone is going to be either this or the excalibur, they both have their pluses and minuses I guess its just going to come down to which one I like using better.

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.09.06 - 20:27:31

Same - let's say - mixed feelings here.
While (as you know I'm a dual device user - Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition) can live without W-LAN in my Smartphones (for instance my HTC MTeoR hasn't have W-LAN) I can hardly live without W-LAN in my Pocket PCs.
Also the screen resolution (which isn't only Palm's fault but also Microsoft's fault since PalmSource Treos supports better screen resolutions) keeps me away from the device.
On the other hand, the overall form factor, compared to a device with slide out keyboard, is way nicer...
Decisions, decisions... roll

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