Palm Wanda To Follow Up Treo 500v

According to a Vodafone roadmap secured by The Boy Genius Report, Palm and Vodafone will release a follow-up to the Treo 500v in September 2008 that is currently codenamed the Palm "Wanda".

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Palm Wanda to succeed Treo 500v in Vodafone

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Palm Wanda features

  • Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 3G/3.6 HSDPA
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
  • 320×320 2.2″ QVGA color display
  • Full Qwerty keyboard
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • GPS
  • 1200mAh Battery
  • BURY hardwire car kit (tbd)

The Palm Wanda will run Windows Mobile Standard (no touch screen). There is no currently shipping Palm product in the US that is
comparable to the Palm Wanda. To date, all US releases have been Windows Mobile Professional (ie. touch screen) devices. With the growing
popularity of Windows Mobile Standard devices such as the Samsung BlackJack and Motorola Q, such a device would likely be a successful
release in the US for Palm. The Treo 500v or Palm Wanda, should not be confused with the Palm Centro. Despite similar form factors, the build quality of the Treo line is said to be of a higher quality than the value positioned Palm Centro.

Source: The Boy Genius Report

Palm and Vodafone Introduce Treo 500v

Palm Europe Ltd today announced the Palm Treo 500v smartphone which combines multiple forms of communication and multimedia capabilities with high speed 3G/UMTS mobile internet access, allowing users access to popular websites such as MySpace, YouTube and eBay whilst on the move. The new Palm Treo 500v smartphone will initially be available exclusively to Vodafone customers from October.

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The Palm Treo 500v smartphone runs on a Windows Mobile 6 standard platform and has a full keyboard, large screen, video streaming capability and a comprehensive multi-messaging functionality covering Instant Messaging, SMS, email and phone and personal information management software in a new design. The compact form factor is available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey.

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It will initially be available to Vodafone customers in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Vodacom customers in South Africa.

John Hartnett, Senior Vice President, Global Markets and Windows Business Unit, Palm Inc, said, "We are pleased to be one of the first partners to provide an internet ready Vodafone live! smartphone. The Treo 500v is priced to enable a broader audience to experience the internet and email on the go. Today’s generation has really embraced the internet as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family, seeking out entertainment and managing their day to day lives. We can offer users the choice to do what they want, how they want, when they want."

"The new Treo 500v adds a third internet ready Vodafone live! and Microsoft Windows Mobile device to our recently announced Global Handset range," said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Global Terminals Director, Vodafone Group. "When combined with our high-speed 3G/UMTS network and fast access to the internet, along with great browsing and messaging support, we are confident the Palm Treo 500v will appeal to the growing group of consumers looking for the same functionality and ease of use our business customers continue to enjoy from this type of premium device."

With the Palm Treo 500v smartphone customers can also manage documents using mobile versions of familiar Microsoft applications like Outlook, Office, and Windows Live for Windows Mobile. In addition users can share the Treo 500v smartphone’s data access with a laptop, so they can stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage.

"With the launch of the Treo 500v smartphone, Palm is delivering the benefits of Windows Mobile 6 to an increasingly broad range of users across Europe, providing them with access to important information and personal applications, such as Windows Live, to help them manage work and life on the move," said Tony Mestres, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Communications Business. "This latest phone is another example of our joint commitment to extend the range and choice of Windows Mobile phones on the market for users."

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Treo 500v Features and Benefits

  • All-in-one smartphone with messaging, email and web
  • Full keyboard for fast and easy typing
  • Automatic delivery of Hotmail/MSN, Yahoo!, and Gmail, email as it arrives
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Internet Explorer Mobile full-featured browser
  • Access to Google Maps and eBay
  • Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment on the go
  • 3G/UMTS network
  • Planner with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and more
  • View Microsoft(R) Word, Excel(R), PowerPoint(R), and Adobe PDF files
  • Windows Media(R) Player Mobile for music and videos
  • 2.0 megapixel camera captures video too
  • 150MB of memory, expandable with microSD expansion card
  • Windows Mobile(R) 6 Standard software
  • Microsoft(R) Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook(R) email
  • Bluetooth(R) wireless technology
  • Device available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey

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