Handspring Brings GPRS Upgrade to T-Mobile Treo's
Handspring, today released its GPRS software upgrade for Treo customers using T-Mobile wireless service in the United States. This user-installable software upgrade brings a new level of performance and simplicity to the Treo 180 and 270. The software enhances applications like email and web with faster, persistent connections to high-speed 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. Customers can access the download via the web www.t-mobile.com/treoupgrade or www.handspring.com. Current Treo 180, 180g and 270 owners can download this software at no additional cost.
“High-speed data services dramatically improve applications like email and web browsing on a mobile device,” Said Joe Sipher, vice president of worldwide marketing. “We are delighted to be providing our GPRS upgrade to T-Mobile customers nationwide so they can experience all the benefits of the Treo communicator.”
In addition to enabling the Treo 180 and 270 to take advantage of high-speed data networks, Handspring’s GPRS upgrade includes a number of software enhancements. With the upgrade, Treo automatically becomes configured for data access – there is no need for manual configurations or an Internet Service Provider (ISP). In the SMS application web pages can be launched, phone numbers dialed, and emails addressed by simply tapping the corresponding information (URL, phone number or email address) that arrives in a text message. There is also a new Mute button as well as helpful keyboard hints built into the phone application.
Customers upgrading their Treo to take advantage of the Handspring GPRS upgrade may need to contact their service representative and add T-Mobile Internet service to their account. For additional information see www.t-mobile.com/treoupgrade.
Treo Mail in Europe
In a related announcement today, Handspring also announced commercial availability of its Treo Mail service for customers throughout Europe. Treo Mail supports both Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes R5 corporate email as well as POP3 Internet email accounts. Other features include direct access to URLs, email addresses and phone numbers from within an email. The new Treo Mail client has also been localized for French and German.
Treo Mail 1.5 is designed specifically for Treo communicators and will work on both worldwide GSM networks as well as GPRS and CDMA 1xRTT networks. It is compatible with all Treo communicators and is optimized to work seamlessly with Treo's application suite and hardware features like Treo's keyboard and rocker switch.
Treo Mail can be downloaded at www.handspring.co.uk, www.handspring.de and www.handspring.fr . It comes in two versions – the Internet Edition, which accesses POP3 Internet email accounts, and the Corporate Desktop Edition, for Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, Lotus Notes R5 or POP 3 email accounts behind a corporate firewall. Following the trial period, Treo Mail customers can pay on an annual subscription basis, U.S. $49.99 for the Internet Edition and $U.S. 99.99 for the Corporate Desktop Edition. Treo Mail can operate on both circuit-switched data plans as well as GPRS.
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