CDMA Version of Treo Coming this Summer
Currently, Handspring's Treo smartphones work only on GSM networks. While GSM is widely used around the world, it has a small percentage of the U.S. market with CDMA predominating. It has been known for a while that the company is working on a CDMA version of the Treo and Handspring has just announced that one will be available this summer. Sprint is helping with the development and the new version will work with the 3G network Sprint will be rolling out this summer. The companies will disclose information regarding specific product features, capabilities, and pricing when the product is ready for launch.
Sprint has paid be the exclusive distributor of the CDMA version of the Treo for an undisclosed period of time, according to an article on Cnet. It goes on to predict that the CDMA Treo will be the 270 version, which has a color screen.
Sprint's Third Generation (3G) Network is expected to launch nationwide in mid-2002, providing faster connections and greater bandwidth for data applications. The company is promising data transmission speeds of 144 kbps, though some analysts have said that isn't fast enough to qualify as "true" 3G.
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.
"Our relationship with Handspring will enable Sprint to offer another compelling product in the category of converged wireless devices that is also compatible with our Third Generation Network," said John Garcia, senior vice president, sales and distribution, Sprint's PCS division. "We are working together to develop a compact yet full-featured CDMA version of the Treo that appeals to customers that want a smart device that meets both their voice and data needs."
The Treo line is currently made up of two smartphones. The Treo 180 has a built-in keyboard like the Blackberry pager and no Graffiti area. The other model, the Treo 180g, relies on the traditional Graffiti for text input. Both have monochrome screens and are available now for $400. As mentioned earlier, both work only on GSM networks. Handspring intends to release a color version, the 270, in the coming months.
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