Sprint Announces Treo 300
Sprint has announced that its CDMA 2000 wireless network, which it is calling PCS Vision, will be available next week and that the Handspring Treo 300 will run on the new network. Sprint hasn't given an exact release date, only saying that the Treo 300 and several other new phones will be released "over the next several weeks". Sprint says the Treo 300 will cost $500. It will be available only through Sprint.
According to a salesperson at a Sprint PCS store, the Treo 300 is already in stock in limited quantities. These will go on sale on August 11, which is this Sunday.
Handspring has updated their site to include some minimal information on this new model.
This smartphone has the same 12-bit color screen the Treo 270 and 90 use. It can access the Internet at between 50 Kbps and 70 Kbps, significantly faster than current Treo models.
Aside from using the new wireless network, the Treo 300 is quite similar to the Treo 270. It will run Palm OS 3.5.2H on a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor. It will have 16 MB of RAM and a backlit, built-in keyboard. There won't be a version with a Graffiti area.
Initially ranging in price from $45 to $120, PCS Free & Clear with Vision plans will include megabytes for data usage along with varying amounts of voice minutes, depending on the individual plan. An example of the introductory PCS Free & Clear with Vision plans include the $90 per month plan that features 2,000 Anytime Minutes that can be used by an individual or shared between two people. Additional phones can share the minutes for only $20 per phone and each phone on the plan will receive two megabytes of data. The special introductory plans require a one- or two-year PCS Advantage Agreement and will be available until October 31.
For a limited time, business customers may take advantage of introductory pricing at four levels: $40 per month for 20 MB; $60 per month for 40 MB; $80 per month for 70 MB and $120 per month for 120 MB, all with a one-year PCS Advantage Agreement. Business customers can also select an introductory offer of unlimited data usage for $50 per month for the first three months and $100 thereafter with a one-year PCS Advantage Agreement.
Sprint estimates that 2 MB of data transferred is enough to send 100 e-mails and 150 instant messages and check out 100 Web pages as well as downloading a few small files. Heavy Web users can expect to use two megabytes to browse 300 Web pages, send 20 e-mails and instant messages and download a few small files.
GSM/GPRS vs. CDMA
The Treo 180, 180g, and 270 use GSM, which is popular outside of the United States. CDMA is the predominant standard in the U.S. The other Treo smartphones can be upgraded to GPRS, which will greatly increase their network access speed, though this upgrade is not yet available.
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