Handspring Releases GPRS Update and Treo in Mexico
Handspring has officially announced the availability of its GPRS software upgrade for Treo 180 and 270 for customers in Europe and Asia. A US release has not been formally issued, however our friends at TreoCentral have unofficial instructions to get it up and running on US networks.
The GPRS Upgrade enhances applications like email and web access due to faster, persistent connections to higher-speed packet data networks. The upgrade also includes improvements to the phone and SMS applications as well as an easy installation and wireless data set-up process.
"We believe the GPRS Upgrade transforms Treo from a good data device to an outstanding data device with dramatically improved browsing performance and a more seamless email experience," said Joe Sipher, vice president of worldwide marketing. "Along with the improved data features, we've also included a number of customer requested enhancements to the user interface."
Some of the added features of the upgrade include:
- Improved speed when looking up and dialing names from the Contacts list
- A new mute button in the phone application
- Automatic set-up for wireless data through the installation -- no need for manual configurations or an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Enhanced navigation between voice and data functions. For example, if you are in the middle of a data session and you receive a voice call, Treo will give you the option to answer the call or send it to voicemail. If you answer the voice call, it will put the data call on hold and resume downloading once you have completed the voice call.
- Immediate access to speakerphone; you no longer need to wait for the call to connect to see the speakerphone button.
Handspring expects to deliver this upgrade to customers in Australia and New Zealand soon; they delivered GPRS to customers in Canada via Rogers AT&T last month.
Treo 270 in Mexico
Handspring also announced availability of the Treo 270 communicator from Telcel, the leading Mexican network operator, through a distribution relationship with Celex The launch of the Treo 270 in Mexico marks the entry of Handspring into the Latin American market and will coincide with Telcel's launch of GSM services in Mexico.
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