Thanks to a certain leak from a certain website
EngadgetMobile a couple of days back, everybody and their grandma is aware that Palm is announcing the Treo 750 in US. And the lucky carrier is (drum roll please…) Cingular Wireless. This is Palm’s first Treo to sport Cingular’s 3G/UMTS network (five-band world phone). It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology.
The Treo 750 combined with Cingular’s Broadband-like speed 3G network, is great for email, messaging, web browsing, organization software and a robust application portfolio. Its new compact design features an internal antenna, soft-touch finish, and contoured edges to make it comfortable in the hand. The Treo 750 also has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a bright 240×240 touch screen and support for Bluetooth® stereo headsets. If the built-in 60MB of user-available storage isn’t enough for you, there’s the option to add more memory via the miniSD (up to 2GB), which is perfect for storing data, photos, music and video.
The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile
In addition to delivering a great phone with easy one-handed access to key features, Palm offers a unique suite of software enhancements to Windows Mobile, including the following:
• New messaging application, with the highly requested threaded chat view for text and MMS messages;
• Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to “dial by name” with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
• Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy navigation; and
• Capability to ignore a call and quickly send a text message such as “In a meeting” or “Can’t talk right now” by selecting the “Ignore with text” option from the incoming call screen.
Business Productivity Features
With Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, users get a desktop like experience on their Treo 750, including access to mobile versions of Windows Media Player 10, Internet Explorer, and Outlook applications in addition to the ability to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files and view PowerPoint and PDF files. The Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) is available out of the box with the Treo 750 and includes Direct Push Technology, which gives users connected to a Microsoft Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates of their email, calendar items, contacts and tasks.(3) It provides added security features for IT administrators, such as over-the-air password policy enforcement and remote wipe for lost or stolen devices. MSFP also gives users over-the-air lookup of a company’s Global Address List (GAL), providing employees with quick access to colleagues’ email and contact information. The Treo 750 offers mobile professionals other corporate email options, including streamlined access to Microsoft Exchange or Domino/Notes using Good Mobile Messaging or personal email with Cingular Xpress Mail.
The Palm Treo 750 initially will be enabled for UMTS with a free upgrade, scheduled to be available later in 2007, to Cingular’s supercharged HSDPA technology. UMTS/HSDPA is a global standard and natural 3G evolutionary path for GSM providers with 142 UMTS networks in 61 countries currently available.
It will be available on Jan. 8 for $399.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate at Cingular Wireless retail stores, online at www.cingular.com and through Cingular’s B2B sales organization.
Note: I’m still field testing the Treo 750, so I won’t have a full review for a week or so after CES 2007 and Macworld 2007. Chris has written a full review of the Treo 750v (Vodafone edition) published on SlashPhone. Have a gander if you’re interested, or you can just wait a week or so for my review.