Tungsten W Available Feb 28th
Palm SG has formally announced the availability of the Tungsten W. It is now available for pre-order online and will be on sale in selected retail stores beginning Feb 28th. The Tungsten W is a data-centric handheld with voice abilities.
The Palm Tungsten W handheld is a data-centric handheld providing a combination of wireless email, SMS messaging, phone functionality, business applications, and Palm's classic Personal Information Management (PIM) software. The W handheld has a class 10 tri-band (900MHz, 1800MHz and 1900MHz) wireless radio which operates on GSM/GPRS networks.
The Palm Tungsten W handheld runs Palm OS(R) 4.1.1 on a Motorola Dragonball VZ 33mHz processor. It has 16MB of internal memory (14.8MB usable) and a SD/MMC expansion slot which is SDIO compatible. It has the same 320x320 high resolution display found on the Tungsten T and uses the Palm OS 5 derived high-res API.
The W has a built in thumb keyboard and the Palm Universal connector. The W does not include the recently announced Graffiti 2. However, it includes original Jot to enable handwriting recognition directly on the display. Original Jot includes support for both Graffiti and Jot. It also has vibration, audio and LED notification methods and alarms.
It's dimensions are 4.8" (5.43" including antenna) x 3.07" x .65"; an weighs in at 6.5 oz.
The W has a 1500mAh battery that delivers over 10 hours of talk time. This is the largest capacity battery offered on any Palm OS handheld or Smartphone to date.
The Tungsten W requires an included plug in headset microphone combo to place and receive voice calls. A flip cover with a built in speaker and mic, shown here, will be available in April for $39.95.
AT&T Wireless will begin offering the device in stores on Feb 28th in the US market. The device has already been rolled out with a service in Singapore with SingTel. Vodafone U.K. and Rogers AT&T Wireless in Canada were announced as carriers, but have not yet begun.
AT&T Wireless data plans range from $29.99 monthly for 10MB to $99.99 for 100MB. A special 8MB data plan is available for $19.99, but requires a voice plan. Voice plans, which can be added to any data plan, must be purchased separately and begin at $19.99 per month.
In addition to enterprise sales, the Tungsten W can be preordered now at Amazon.com, CDW.com, CompUSA.com, FranklinCovey.com, JandR.com, MicroWarehouse.com, OfficeDepot.com, PCConnection.com and Staples.com, as well as at a later date at The Palm Store. It will be available nationally at CompUSA, Franklin Covey and additional U.S. retail stores beginning Feb. 28.
The estimated street price for the Palm Tungsten W handheld is $549 (U.S.) without wireless service. The price may vary based upon carrier and or discounts offered for purchasing with a service contract.
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