Treo 600 Now Available with AT&T
AT&T Wireless and palmOne today announced the immediate availability of the Treo 600 smartphone. It is available to AT&T customers starting at a $499.99 and existing Treo owners are eligible for a $399 limited time upgrade price.
The Treo 600 smartphone is available from AT&T Wireless for $499.99, after a $50 instant rebate, when customers purchase qualified service plans starting at $12.99 per month. The Treo 600 smartphone is available through AT&T Wireless' various sales channels and online from Handspring.com. For a limited time, palmOne is also offering all Treo communicator owners the ability to upgrade to a Treo 600 smartphone for only $399 exclusively at Handspring.com.
"We are delighted to be working with AT&T Wireless to deliver this world-class smartphone to their customer base nationwide," said Joe Sipher, vice president of product and carrier marketing for palmOne. "Treo 600 represents a breakthrough in the design and functionality of a smartphone device, and we are working closely with AT&T Wireless to make sure our applications are seamlessly integrated into their network services, giving customers the best possible voice and data application experience."
"In today's competitive environment, business customers with the ability to stay connected to their information while mobile have a clear advantage over those who don't," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless. "With the Treo 600, mobile professionals now have access to one of the most advanced smartphones available -- and a simple and powerful solution to access corporate information throughout North America and across the globe. We're very pleased to add this device to our portfolio, especially ahead of this year's holiday shopping season."
The Treo 600 smartphone is one of the first quad-band smartphones (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) that allows customers to make and receive calls and use data services on GSM/GPRS networks worldwide. The Palm OS allows customers to take advantage of thousands of existing applications, including games, office document readers, multimedia applications, and valuable utilities for both personal and business needs.
The Treo 600 smartphone provides a robust and easy-to-use POP3 email solution and comes preconfigured with settings for several popular ISPs, or users can set up the Treo 600 smartphone to access their own POP3 accounts. The Treo 600 smartphone supports attachment handling, including access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel compatible documents. In addition, through agreements with Good Technology and Visto Corporation, AT&T Wireless is now offering corporate email solutions that provide businesses with access to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes email behind their corporate firewalls. Customers can also send and receive text messages in a powerful new way that allows users to see the "chain" of previous text content -- similar to an instant messaging experience.
About the Treo 600
The Treo 600 smartphone provides access to a variety of advanced multimedia features. An integrated VGA camera works with AT&T Wireless Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), which allows customers to send/receive images, annotate messages and add system sounds such as ringtones to their notes. The Treo smartphone includes MP3 playback functionality.
It operates on the enhanced GSM/GPRS AT&T Wireless network, enabling customers to download games, ringtones and applications directly to the device. AT&T Wireless is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With 21.855 million subscribers as of September 30, 2003, and revenues of more than $16.5 billion over the past four quarters.
The Treo 600 runs Palm OS 5.2.1 with a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It will have a 160x160 pixel CSTN color screen, 32MB of RAM and a SD/MMC/SDIO expansion slot. There is also a five-way navigation dial for one handed operation. The Treo 600 has a built-in digital camera (640 x 480 VGA), so you can take and send pictures or connect a face to a phone number with picture caller ID. It will also feature a dual speaker architecture for high-quality phone and system audio. It will have a large capacity 1800 mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to six hours talk time (GSM); or up to five hours talk time (CDMA); and about two weeks organizer use for both versions.
PalmInfocenter attended the Treo 600 launch party in New York City a short while ago, and have our report of the kickoff here.
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