Palm and Vodafone to release 3G Treo
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Palm and Vodafone have announced that
they are working on a 3G Windows-based Treo smartphone,
due to be released in Europe before the end of 2006.
No firm details have been given, but
it can be assumed that it will be a unit derived in
part from the US Treo
700w - but the exact details of the unit won't be
released until later in the year. It will support push
email and run the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.
The announcement comes at a difficult
time for Palm in Europe, as it has recently had to withdraw
the older Treo 650 from Europe because it does not meet
the EU's new ROHS
Competition is fierce in this market
sector, with capable messaging smartphones from Nokia,
Samsung, BlackBerry and the possibility of a European
version of the Motorola
Q next year. A critical assessment of Palm's position
might well be that it has left it too late to make an
impact. Still, Palm virtually created the PDA market,
so the new device should at least be very promising.
The new Treo should be available in
most European Vodafone markets by the end of 2006.
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