For businesses and individuals who want the latest all-in-one mobile communications and business-productivity solution, Palm, Inc. and Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of the Palm Treo 700w Smartphone, the first Treo Smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service on its EV-DO network. The Treo 700w Smartphone also is the first Treo Smartphone to run the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system, bringing the hallmark Palm ease of use to Windows Mobile for the first time. It combines a great mobile phone with high-speed wireless data access to E-Mail and business applications. The Treo 700w Smartphone goes on sale tomorrow and joins the Treo 650 Smartphone based on the Palm OS platform on the Verizon Wireless network.
BroadbandAccess is Verizon Wireless' premier high-speed wireless data service
developed with a range of users in mind. Verizon Wireless' EV-DO (Evolution Data
Optimized) network gives customers a fast, convenient way to conduct business
while providing employees the speeds required to work efficiently outside the
office. Today, about half the U.S. population, in more than 1,180 major
metropolitan markets across the nation, can get average download speeds of
400-700 kilobits per second.
"Customers want speed," said Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless executive
vice president and chief operating officer. "Offering BroadbandAccess on the
Treo Smartphone for the first time satisfies these growing customer needs.
By combining Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service with the flexible and
robust Windows Mobile operating system, the Treo 700w Smartphone gives
mobile professionals and businesses access to their most critical
information at lightning speed."
The newest member of the Treo family builds on the award-winning design of
the Treo 600 and Treo 650 Smartphones and takes advantage of Windows Mobile 5.0,
offering Microsoft Office applications for Windows Mobile, Internet Explorer
Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile; as well as direct access to Microsoft
Exchange Server 2003 for mobile access to information. The new Smartphone
delivers a unique suite of software enhancements on top of Windows Mobile that
includes 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
voicE-Mail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and
fast-forward controls for easy navigation; and
- Ability to ignore a call and quickly compose a text message such as "In
a meeting" or "Can't talk right now" by selecting the "Ignore with text"
option from the incoming-call screen.
"We are ushering in a new era of mobile solutions that provide access
to E-Mail, Microsoft Office applications and many other functions that
extend the value of the PC," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer
of Microsoft Corporation. "Businesses worldwide are using mobile devices
to increase their competitive advantage, and they need solutions that
are scalable, low-cost, and easy to deploy. The Treo 700w showcases the
dynamic blend of Palm's innovative design, Verizon Wireless's EV-DO
network, and the power of Windows Mobile software to connect
professionals to their critical information on the go."
"Customers have long been asking for a Palm Treo Smartphone on the
Windows platform, and we're thrilled to say it's here on the Verizon
Wireless network," said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive
officer of Palm, Inc. "The Treo 700w Smartphone is powerful, flexible
and easy to use, while also being enterprise grade right out of the
Features That Increase Mobile Productivity:
- EV-DO access for fast downloads of data, E-Mail and large
- Robust Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system;
- Intel XScale technology-based processor;
- Ability to send and receive E-Mail from multiple corporate and
personal E-Mail accounts, with built-in support for Microsoft Office
Outlook Mobile, Hoail, Yahoo!, AOL, and other POP3 and IMAP accounts;
- On-device access to Microsoft Office Word Mobile, Office Excel
Mobile and Office PowerPoint Mobile for viewing, editing and creating
Word and Excel Mobile documents, as well as viewing PowerPoint Mobile
presentations. In addition, with Picsel PDF viewer (included on
installation CD), customers can view PDF documents;
- Unified messaging application, including E-Mail, SMS and MMS;
- Support for Wireless Sync to provide the convenience of push E-Mail
and easy access to personal information-management tools, such as
contacts and calendar, as well as enterprise tools, such as device
management and file synchronization; and
- Enough memory to manage business and personal digital needs in one
place with 128MB of memory and 60MB of dedicated user storage.
Other Treo 700w Features and Benefits:
- New 1.3-megapixel camera to shoot crisp, clear digital images
- Integrated Bluetooth 1.2 wireless technology for communicating
with compatible headsets, car kits, computers and printers equipped
with Bluetooth technology;
- Removable battery and non-volatile memory;
- Voice Command for voice dialing;
- Expansion card slot (SD, SDIO, and MultiMediaCard compatible);
- 240x240 transflective (TFT) screen.
The Palm Treo 700w Smartphone from Verizon Wireless is available
for US$ 399.99 after US$ 100 instant rebate with a two-year service
agreement when accompanied by a voice plan of US$ 39.99 or higher
and an unlimited PDA/Smartphone data plan. The Treo 700w is
available at the 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores,
Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at Circuit City or on the
web. Enterprise customers are encouraged to contact their Verizon
Wireless Business Specialist.
Cheers ~ Arne