Cingular Wireless and palmOne Inc. today announced the availability of the
Treo 650 smart phone on Cingular networks, the first device of its kind to take
advantage of the carrier's EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) network --
the fastest national wireless data network in the country, according to
Treo 650 also is a quad-band worldphone, so Cingular customers can make and
receive voice calls in 170 countries and access data in nearly 75 countries.
The Treo 650 combines a compact, full-featured mobile phone with e-mail, a Palm OS organizer, messaging, Web access and digital camera. The newest member of the Treo family builds on the award-winning design of the Treo 600 with new and improved features, including a high-resolution screen; expanded multimedia capabilities, such as an MP3 player and video capture and playback; removable battery; non-volatile memory; and Bluetooth wireless technology. EDGE technology enables the Treo 650 to access data at speeds averaging up to 135 kilobits per second, which is nearly three times the speed of a conventional wired dial-up connection.
Cingular's EDGE network is available in more than 8,500 cities and towns and along 30,000 miles of highways, according to the company.
The Treo 650 will be available later this week through Cingular online at http://web.palmOne.com and at select Cingular retail locations. The Treo 650 is available at a suggested retail price of $549.99 without a contract, and $449.99 with a two-year contract. A variety of monthly data plans are available, including an unlimited plan for $44.99/month.
SprintPCS was the first carrier to offer the Treo 650 in October, 2004. Cingular is the second to offer the smart phone.