Palm Sends Out Beta Test Invites for New Device
Rumor: Palm has recently been sending out invitations to select customers inviting them to "test an innovative new product." The invitation goes on to list a number of requirements among which include heavy smartphone/email use, WiFi Router access and are a current Sprint customer.
At the very least, this email confirms that Palm's expected next generation Windows Mobile Treo will include WiFi. We can also presume that it also indicates that like many of Palm's previous new Treos, the upcoming device will likely debut on Sprint in the US.
The full text of the invite reads: (via TreoCentral)
We have a new opportunity for people in an enterprise environment who want to an innovative device for connectivity from Palm, one of the global leaders in communication. If you are interested in applying, please visit the following link.
(link removed, text detailed below)
Thank you for being a member of the Palm community!
The Palm Beta Test Team
The text of the site from the included link is:
Beta Testing Opportunity
The following opportunity is available.
Palm is seeking people to test an innovative new product. This product is focused on seasoned business professionals. People who commute and spend a ton of time working on email and on the phone. This test is for people looking for cutting edge technology and demand constant communication.
Qualified candidates should work in an enterprise level business and have a lot of experience with varied technologies. These people should invest a significant amount of money in their technology and use it daily.
Bluetooth headphones or car kits
WiFi Router access
Existing Smartphone Users
Heavy to Medium e-mail users
Heavy phone users
Travel for work with their phone
We now know that Palm's next Treo is due out sometime this summer and will be primarily targeted at enterprise customers. We also learned from the Windows Mobile 6.1 press release that Sprint intends to release a WM6.1 powered Treo later this year. And finally, a new Treo presumably the Treo 800w, appeared on a leaked Sprint roadmap slide not too long ago.
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