Kyocera Palm OS Smartphone Available Next Week
Next week Verizon Wireless is going to begin selling the Kyocera QCP 6035, a smartphone that runs the Palm OS, according to a Nando Times article. It will sell for $500 with a one-year service contract. Sprint PCS will also be selling it later.
The Kyocera QCP 6035 has a a smaller screen than the V series, probably about the same size as that on the m100 series. It is a bit thicker than a V, a touch longer, and heavier.
The Kyocera Smartphone accesses the Internet by dialing a regular phone call. That makes it possible to connect through either the wireless carrier or the same ISP a person uses on their PC. That saves the extra money that Verizon and other mobile phone companies charge for data access.
Details of the QCP 6035 were released last fall and since then the device has been highly anticipted by those who want to carry a single unit around, rather than both a Palm and a mobile phone.
Operating on CDMA PCS (1900 MHz), CDMA cellular (800 MHz), and analog cellular networks, the Smartphone offers many features, including a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and a jog-dial for accessing phone settings, contact information and call history. It runs the Palm OS v3.5 with 8 MB of memory. The Kyocera Smartphone measures approximately 5.59 in. x 2.60 in. x 0.86 in. (14.2 cm. x 6.6 cm. x 2.2 cm.) and weighs 7.35 ounces (208 grams). A user-replaceable lithium ion battery provides up to 4.5 hours of talk time and up to 110 hours of standby time in CDMA digital mode.
The Kyocera Smartphone supports HTML browsers with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to provide security for confidential data. It also supports Web Clipping applications and WAP browsers. All three methods use CDMA wireless data services for Web access. In addition, users can access corporate or personal e-mail accounts using the integrated Eudora e-mail application. The Smartphone also acts as a wireless modem to provide data/fax capabilities for personal computers via the charging cradle or optional serial cable.
Users can choose either the speakerphone or a headset connected to the universal earphone jack to make simultaneous use of the phone and PDA functions. The jog dial on the left side of the phone provides easy access to contacts, call history, phone settings, messages and voice memos. The Smartphone features voice-activated dialing and Speed Dial, as well as 15 audible ringer types plus a silent, vibrating alert. A SmartSound feature automatically adjusts the earpiece volume during a call based on surrounding noise levels. The Smartphone also incorporates Text Telephony (TTY) capability for hearing-impaired users.
With the keypad open, the Smartphone displays the familiar Palm applications launcher, with additional Smart Keys for the Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad and To-Do List. The Tap 'n' Dial feature allows automatic dialing of contact numbers from the Address Book. HotSync technology allows users to synchronize information between the Smartphone and a personal computer. The Smartphone also features an infrared data port at the top of the phone for rapid beaming of information to other IR-enabled devices.
Samsung is also going to release a smartphone running the Palm OS later this year.
Thanks to Mike Cane for pointing out the Nando Times article.
Update: Kyocera has rearranged their phone product page so that the Smartphone is no longer listed under "Coming Soon" and has been moved to "New Phones". Click on the image of the phone above to be taken to this page. There is a link on it to find the Verizon store nearest you.
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- I got one -Tuckermaclain
- I got one -Tuckermaclain
- RE: Don't we have this already? -Tuckermaclain
- RE: Palm brand will return in 2018, with devices built by TCL -richf
- RE: Palm brand will return in 2018, with devices built by TCL -dmitrygr
- Palm phone on HDblog -palmato
- Palm PVG100 -hgoldner
- RE: Like Deja Vu -PacManFoo