Rumor: Palm i705 in Staples' System
A Staples employee who asked to remain anonymous has found Palm's upcoming wireless model, the i705, already listed in his company's inventory system. It's priced at $450 with SKU# 479208, which is the first indication available of what this model will cost. There is also a keyboard in the system for it, too. The i705 Mini Keyboard (SKU# 479209) is listed for $60.
The release date for the i705 is still not known. Palm originally intended to release the i705 before the end of this year but announced in September that it wouldn't make this deadline. At the time, a source at Palm said the device would only be delayed a few weeks, which seems to place it coming out sometime in January.
The Palm i705 has "always on" wireless access, which means it has the ability to check for e-mail even when the handheld itself is off. However, it lacks any voice capabilities. It has a monochrome screen and uses Palm's Universal Connector, which means it can use most peripherals designed for the m500 series and the m125.
According to rumor, Palm is working on the i725, a handheld that can do double duty as a mobile phone but that isn't expected until later next year.
Handspring is developing wireless phones of its own that run the Palm OS. The Treo series has both wireless data and voice capabilities and will defintely be available in January.
The market is getting increasingly crowded. Kyocera has had a monochrome PalmOS smartphone on the market for months and Samsung recently released one.
All of these have monochrome screens except the Samsung SPH-I300, which has an 8-bit color screen.
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