Palm Launches the Treo 500v
Palm Europe today announced the Treo 500v smartphone. The Treo 500v will be available to European Vodafone customers in October. The Palm Treo 500 runs on the Windows Mobile 6 standard platform, includes a High Speed 3G/UMTS Internet Access and will be available in two colors: glacier white and charcoal grey.
It will initially be available to Vodafone customers in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Vodacom customers in South Africa.
"The new Treo 500v adds a third internet ready Vodafone live! and Microsoft Windows Mobile device to our recently announced Global Handset range," said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Global Terminals Director, Vodafone Group. "When combined with our high-speed 3G/UMTS network and fast access to the internet, along with great browsing and messaging support, we are confident the Palm Treo 500v will appeal to the growing group of consumers looking for the same functionality and ease of use our business customers continue to enjoy from this type of premium device."
Treo 500v Specs
The Treo 500 comes with a full qwerty keyboard and a 240x320 Transflective display with support for 65k colours. It has a tri-band GSM radio supporting the 900/1800/1900 bands and UTMS 2100. It includes 256MB memory with 150MB available for user storage and a microSD expansion slot. It also features a 2 megapixel digital camera and a Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and stereo headset support. A mini USB port is provides for charging and connectivity as well as a 2.5mm headset jack. A removable 1200mAh battery is present for a claimed 10 day stand-by rating with 4.5 hours of talk time. It has dimensions of 16.5mm (D) x 61.5mm (W) x 110mm (H) (.65" x 2.4" x 4.3" inches) and weighs 120 grams (4.23 ounces).
The Treo 500v comes with the standard suite of Windows Mobile software including Internet Explorer Mobile, Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Live, access to Google Maps and eBay and Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment. In addition users can share the Treo 500v smartphone's data access with a laptop, so they can stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage.
Palm says the device will be available begining October 1st. It will initially be a Vodafone exclusive. Pricing will vary due to contracts, promotions and country. It is expected to be offered for free in the UK on contract, 32.9 euros dependent on contract in Germany, 199-149 euros, including local taxin Italy and between 0-99 euros, dependent on contract in the Netherlands. In store pricing may also vary.
UPDATE: Read our Treo 500v review.
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