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Treo 650 Launch Draws Show Of Support

The Treo 650 adds a higher-resolution 320x320 screen, support for Bluetooth 1.1, a removable battery, and built-in MP3 support with add-in expansion.

palmOne finally officially introduced the Treo 650 smartphone Monday, and the announcement was surrounded by a cluster of supporting software products and services for the device.

Mobile service providers Sprint and AT&T Wireless announced that they will market the 650 for use on their networks. Sprint will offer Sprint PCS Business Connection, a bundle of services and software developed by SEVEN to provide real-time, secure, access to Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange, IMAP and POP3 email, calendar, personal contacts, corporate directories, network drives and desktop documents.

Also, JP Mobile announced the availability of its Mobile's SureWave(R) Mobile Office for the 650. SureWave, a push email/PIM/security product, also provides support for third-party applications on mobile devices.

The Treo 650, which has been anticipated for several months, builds on the Treo 600's features -- mobile phone with email, Palm OS organizer, messaging and Web browsing, camera, QWERTY keyboard, and speakerphone.

The 650 adds a higher-resolution 320x320 screen, support for Bluetooth 1.1, a removable battery, built-in MP3 player and support for SD cards for music storage, -- Add an expansion card (sold separately) to take thousands of favorite tunes anywhere simply by transferring MP3 files from the desktop. The hardware makes changes in the keyboard layout and improvements to the camera, and software support has been enhanced with support for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats and an email setup wizard.

palmOne has licensed ActiveSync from Microsoft so that the 650's VersaMail software can access mailboxes on Exchange 2003 servers.

The 650 will be available as either a digital dual-band CDMA/1xRTT or a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone. Sprint will offer the CDMA version in its stores within a few weeks for $599. AT&T will support the GSM version of the phone by the end of this year.

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