Europe Ltd today announced the Palm Treo 500v smartphone which combines multiple
forms of communication and multimedia capabilities with high speed 3G/UMTS
mobile internet access, allowing users access to popular websites such as
MySpace, YouTube and eBay whilst on the move.
The Palm Treo 500v smartphone runs on a Windows Mobile 6 Standard platform and
has a full QWERTY keyboard, QVGA screen and supports triband GSM/GPRS with
900/1800/199 MHz and singleband UMTS with 2100 MHz (no HSDPA). Furthermore it
supports Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; however it's not including WiFi.
The 150 MB ROM can be extended by microSD cards (up to 2 GB) but the microSD
card isn't hot-swappable since it's located under the battery.
Bellow, a (unfortunately German) Flash presentation of the Palm Treo 500v:
John Hartnett, Senior Vice President, Global Markets and Windows Business
Unit, Palm Inc, said, "We are pleased to be one of the first partners to
provide an internet ready Vodafone live! smartphone. The Treo 500v is priced
to enable a broader audience to experience the internet and E-Mail on the
go. Today's generation has really embraced the internet as a way of keeping
in touch with friends and family, seeking out entertainment and managing
their day to day lives. We can offer users the choice to do what they want,
how they want, when they want."
"The new Treo 500v adds a third internet ready Vodafone live! and
Microsoft Windows Mobile device to our recently announced Global Handset
range," said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Global Terminals Director, Vodafone Group.
"When combined with our high-speed 3G/UMTS network and fast access to the
internet, along with great browsing and messaging support, we are confident
the Palm Treo 500v will appeal to the growing group of consumers looking for
the same functionality and ease of use our business customers continue to
enjoy from this type of premium device."
With the Palm Treo 500v smartphone customers can also manage documents using
mobile versions of familiar Microsoft applications like Outlook, Office, and
Windows Live for Windows Mobile. In addition users can share the Treo 500v
smartphone's data access with a laptop, so they can stay connected anywhere
within wireless coverage.
"With the launch of the Treo 500v smartphone, Palm is delivering the
benefits of Windows Mobile 6 to an increasingly broad range of users across
Europe, providing them with access to important information and personal
applications, such as Windows Live, to help them manage work and life on the
move," said Tony Mestres, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Communications
Business. "This latest phone is another example of our joint commitment to
extend the range and choice of Windows Mobile phones on the market for
The Treo 500v will initially be and exclusively to Vodafone customers in
Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Vodacom
customers in South Africa. The Vodafone exclusivity ends end of this year and
and Palm confirmed that it cannot be expected in other countries before January
2008 as the Treo 500.
Available from October 1st in white only, neither Palm nor Vodafone have
given a price yet but with a contract it can be expected to be available for
less then 99 Euro!
Cheers ~ Arne