FCC Releases Info on Handspring Treo 300
The FCC has given Handspring permission to offer the Treo 300, the not yet announced smartphone which will use Sprint's 3G wireless network. The FCC has also posted some information about the 300 on its site.
This info confirms much of what was already rumored about the Treo 300, including that it uses the same 12-bit color screen as the Treo 270 and 90. It is expected to be available in the next month or so, at about the same time Sprint rolls out its 3G wireless network.
Of course, the main feature of this model is that it can connect to the new wireless network Sprint is expected to launch nationwide this month or next, providing faster connections and greater bandwidth for data applications.
The Treo will run at a theoretical max speed of 156 kbps, though the actual user speed will usually be something around 70 kbps or so. This is still much higher than the GSM version, which has a max speed of 14.4 kbps, and even faster than a landline modem. However, there is some debate over whether this qualifies is "true" 3G, though Sprint calls it that.
This device uses CDMA2000, though it can use regular CDMA networks, too. It will be offered exclusively through Sprint.
Sprint will integrate its suite of business products into the new version of the Treo, including Sprint PCS Business Connection Personal Edition, which is a service that allows allows subscribers access to their corporate email accounts.
Users will be charged for wireless networking by the amount of data used, not by the amount of time spent online.
Aside from the high-speed wireless networking, the Treo 300 is essentially the same as the other wireless Treo models. It will run Palm OS 3.5.2H on a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor. It has 16 MB of RAM.
It has a built-in keyboard for text entry. If Handspring is planning to release a version with Graffiti, it hasn't gotten FCC approval for it yet.
Thanks to Marty for the tip. Sorry, I didn't get this out earlier. I've been on vacation and having connection problems. -Ed
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