Unlocked & Cingular Treo 680 Now Available
Palm today announced the unlocked Palm Treo 680 smartphone’s preorder availability from Palm’s website. The unlocked Treo 680 will be available in four colors exclusively from Palm.com for $399 USD. It can be preordered today and will be available at Palm U.S. retail stores after Dec. 1st.
“The unlocked Treo 680 smartphone will reach new customers and markets, exemplifying Palm’s dedication to expanding both geographically and demographically,” said John Hartnett, senior vice president, global markets, Palm, Inc. “The Treo 680 smartphone will attract new users in the smartphone and feature-phone markets through affordability, ease of use and style.”
The Palm OS based Treo 680 smartphone has an internal antenna and slim form factor, making the device smaller and sleeker than its Treo predecessors. It’s also the first Treo smartphone to come in unique colors. The SIM unlocked version denotes that it can be used with just about any GSM service provider with an existing GSM/GPRS/EDGE service plan. The version that Cingular offers can only be used on the Cingular network.
The Treo 680 is powered by Palm OS Garnet v5.4.9. It runs a 312 MHz Intel processor and has 64MB of user available storage memory and 64MB of SDRAM. The screen is a 320 x 320 pixel color touch-screen display. The 680 features a full size SD slot for memory expansion. It has a slimmer 1200 mAh rechargeable battery for up to 4 hours talk time. Bluetooth v1.2 wireless and IR are included as well as a VGA digital camera.
The phone is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 10 device and has a internal quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) antenna that is said to feature improved TIS/TRP performance (better RF reception) than the Treo 650.
It has dimensions of 2.29" x 4.40" x 0.8" inches (58.4 x 111.8 x 20.3 mm) and weighs in at 5.5 ounces (156g).
For a limited time, the Treo 680 will come with a music bundle from Yahoo!, which includes a 30-day free trial to its Yahoo! Music Unlimited To Go service and Yahoo! Music For Mobile. Users have the ability to access the Yahoo! Music Unlimited music library from the phone and to send tracks remotely to a PC.
Palm and Cingular today also announced the Treo 680 will be available in Cingular stores beginning Friday, Nov. 24. The Cingular Palm Treo 680 will be sold for $199 with a two year contract agreement and an unlimited data plan.
You can read the PalmInfocenter Treo 680 review here.