Palm to focus 100 percent on webOS devices moving forward

During a conference call discussing last quarter’s fiscal results, Jon Rubinstein indicated that Palm will commit 100% of their resources to webOS. Going forward, the company will only ship webOS devices. This effectively puts an end to the Palm Treo and Palm Centro products. While many expected that Palm OS devices would likely end with the Centro, Palm discontinuing¬† Windows Mobile phones is surprising.

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During the Q&A Rubinstein said that Palm would be “focusing all of our effort building webOS products” and that all future engineering efforts will on developing webOS devices.

Everything Treo Mobile Heist

This week only we are pleased to announce the first Everything Treo “Mobile Heist”, an unprecedented software sales event featuring
25 top selling Palm Treo and Centro software titles are all priced at just $9.95.

Treo software sale

You can save up to 65% this week only. Here are just a few of the popular titles included in the Mobile Heist.

  • Butler: Highly rated and regarded by Treo owners, Butler offers 7 sets of utilities for the price of one.
  • Palmary Clock: The most stylish alarm clock offered for the Treo, Palmary Clock offers a great number of skins to suit your style.
  • UltimatePhone: Provides a Web 2.0 experience on your Palm Treo.

There are 25 Top Titles available. Check them out today before it’s too late. The Everything Treo Mobile Heist ends on August 17th.

Palm and Sprint Introduce the Treo 800w Smartphone

Palm, Inc. and Sprint today introduced the Palm Treo 800w, Sprints newest smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Designed for business users who depend on their smartphones for high-speed productivity on the go, the Palm Treo 800w operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and comes out of the box with support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds, WiFi for data and GPS capabilities.

Palm Treo 800w

The Treo 800w is Palms most business-friendly phone yet. IT departments can simplify infrastructure and lower costs with a direct connection to Microsoft Exchange Server, giving users up-to-date email, contacts, calendars and access to other productivity applications. Palm designed the Treo 800w for easy-to-use mobility with a full QWERTY keyboard, five-way navigation and one-touch buttons to the most-used applications, making it a smartphone people want to use.

Palm Treo 800w
Palm Treo 800w

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EV-DO Rev. A, WiFi for Data and GPS

As Sprints first smartphone to ship immediately with EV-DO Rev. A network support, the Treo 800w offers customers the ability to quickly browse the web and send and receive emails even those with large attachments at broadband speeds. The vast majority of Sprints Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A technology, providing Treo 800w users blazing-fast speeds on the nations largest mobile broadband network (based on covered square miles). The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 246 million people, 16,022 cities and 1,506 airports and brings customers instant gratification so they can work fast and on the go. With EV-DO Rev. A, peak network download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds improve to 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps and average uplink speeds increase to 350-500 kbps.

Palms WiFi hardware and software innovations make it easy to get online fast and manage network connections and power usage. The one-touch WiFi button provides a clean, uncluttered WiFi experience that gets Treo 800w users rapidly connected at home, in the office or in WiFi hotspots.(2) It includes 802.11b/g WiFi and built-in Internet Explorer Mobile, which means faster, more secure access to web-based data.

Palm Treo 800w
Palm Treo 800w features built-in GPS

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With integrated GPS and Palm software enhancements, the Treo 800w smartphone offers maps, point-to-point directions and point-of-interest (POI) searches for locations such as restaurants or stores. POI search is available directly from the Today Screen and is integrated with contacts, giving customers one-touch access to the places they want to go. Treo 800w also supports Sprint Navigation for turn-by-turn directions as well as other popular third-party location-based services applications.

Robust Business Productivity Features

Companies looking for more control, centralization and security will find the Treo 800w an attractive choice. It connects directly with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 and works within a companys existing Microsoft infrastructure, eliminating costly middleware or the maintenance of additional servers. The Treo 800w extends business capabilities by providing a familiar Microsoft Windows experience while on the go to keep employees productive. With thousands of applications available for Windows Mobile, businesses can extend mobility beyond email to optimize business processes whether in sales or out in field.

The Treo 800w comes fully equipped with easy-to-use professional email. Microsoft Direct Push Technology is available out of the box and gives users connected to a Microsoft Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates from their email, calendar, contacts and tasks. Users can download email attachments to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, view PowerPoint and PDF files, and open ZIP files.

The Treo 800w is compatible with Microsofts System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which delivers increased security and easier smartphone management as well as access to information on the corporate network via mobile VPN. IT professionals can confidently manage large Treo 800w deployments the same way they would expect to manage PCs with a low-cost, reliable solution that fits seamlessly with their existing IT infrastructures.

The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1

Palm is adding a unique stamp to the Windows Mobile experience with the Treo 800w, said Stephane Maes, vice president, product marketing, Palm, Inc. Its an easy-to-use feature-packed smartphone that will keep users happy, empowered and productive.

In addition to Palms WiFi and GPS enhancements, Palm innovations on top of Windows Mobile include:

  • Today Screen enhancements — call, text, email, perform a web search and map a contacts address, all directly from the Today Screen;
  • Dial from the Today Screen — enter the contact name, select the number and dial. Add text or picture speed dials for one-touch calls to family and friends, or use the physical or touch screen number keys to dial the number directly;
  • Voicemail controls — VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward, for easy navigation;
  • Ignore with text — ignore a call quickly by sending a text message, such as In a meeting or Cant talk right now;
  • Superior phone and call management — dedicated mute, speakerphone, conference calling icons, or dial any number in an email or webpage, all with just one touch; and
  • Palm ease-of-use features — hard buttons for email and calendar, a five-way navigation button and on/off ringer switch.

Exclusive Sprint Content and Services

Sprint recognizes that businesses must stay productive and competitive with quick, always-accessible information and assistance for their own customers, said Michael Hahn, vice president of device operations for Sprint. With instant access to email, messaging services and the web on the nations largest Mobile Broadband Network, Sprint provides its customers the mobile tools they need to increase productivity and improve competitiveness now.

In addition to the valuable business-friendly features delivered through Palm and Windows Mobile 6.1, new business applications are being created through Sprints newly launched Professional Developer Program and with tools such as the Titan platform for Windows Mobile 6.1 devices. A growing community of application developers who may previously have focused on desktop services are now finding it easier to generate services that can perform on both the desktop and mobile devices.

Treo 800w customers can leverage the speed of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network to access Sprint content, including:

  • Sprint TV allowing users to watch live TV or video-on-demand with full-motion video or catch the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment and movie trailers on the go. Choose from more than 50 live television channels and watch programs such as CNN mobile, FOX sports and E! Entertainment; access NFL Network and special programming via Sprint Exclusive Entertainment.
  • Sprint Navigation delivers turn-by-turn voice-guided and on-screen driving directions, 3-D moving maps similar to an in-car navigation system or personal navigation device, as well as local search, intelligent traffic alerts and one-click rerouting.
  • Pocket Express to retrieve customized, up-to-date web content such as sports, weather, news, money and movie information with the push of a button.
  • Sprint IM extends instant messaging to the Treo 800w with access to Yahoo! Messenger, AOLs AIM service and MSN Messenger.

Pricing and Availability

The Treo 800w is available today for consumers and businesses at Sprint Stores, online at www.sprint.com or www.palm.com, and through Sprint or Palms B2B sales organizations. It will be available for $249.99 after discounts and rebates with a two-year contract.

To receive the best value and experience the full capabilities of the device, customers must subscribe to a pricing plan offering unlimited data. Customers can choose from Everything plans for individuals ranging from $69.99 per month for 450 voice minutes and unlimited data or the Talk/Message/Data Share plans for families starting at $129.99 per month for 1,500 voice minutes (shared between two lines) and unlimited data. Sprint also offers its signature Simply Everything plan offering both unlimited nationwide voice and data services for just $99.99 per month. Customers may also choose one of Sprints Individual Talk Plans and add on the $30 per month Pro Pack to take advantage of data capabilities.

Sprint Treo 800w Gets July 13th Release Date

According to a rumored inventory document on HowardForums, the Sprint Treo 800w will make it’s long awaited release date on July 13th, a week prior to the previously rumored release date. Business channels could see the Treo 800w as soon as July 9th.

The unsubsidized price is $599, but of course we expect to see a few instant rebates knock down the price quite a bit. Stay tuned and we’ll pass along all the details as they become available from Palm and Sprint. Sprint has had a tough time holding onto customers, but have started off the summer with a bang releasing the Samsung Instinct and now the Treo 800w.

Treo 800w Specs

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • EVDO Rev A data speeds
  • WIFI with one touch dedicated shortcut button
  • GPS Navigation: Built-in GPS functionality allows points of interests searching and mapping
  • Live Search for Windows Mobile

You can discuss the new Treo 800w in our forums.

via PalmInfoCenter

Everything Treo Free App Giveaway Features Agendus for Windows Mobile

The Everything Treo Software Store is giving away a free copy of Agendus for Windows Mobile. Hurry though because the offer
ends at midnight tonight. Read more for complete details on how to get your free copy.

Simply visit the Everything Q Software Store and add Agendus for Windows Mobile to your cart. Use coupon code AGENDUSWMFREE at
checkout to receive the application for free. Agendus for Windows Mobile normally retails for $19.95.

Offer expires at midnight on December 11,2007.

SyncMate Offers Free Windows Mobile Synchronization Solution for Mac Users

Eltima Software has released SyncMate for Mac, a new (and free) synchronization tool that allows you to sync your Windows Mobile Treo with your Mac.

SyncMate

You can synchronize Windows Mobile 5 or 6 (Standart, Classic, Professional) with Mac OS 10.4 and higher.The program is easy-to-use and has numerous handy features:

  • Install applications to your mobile phone
  • Synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar and Notes with their analogs Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal and Stickies accordingly
  • Get information about the device (OS, memory status, alarms, battery state, etc.), view memory status diagram
  • Manage SMS (Inbox and Outbox, drafts, sent and deleted messages)
  • Keep track of what was done by SyncMate with actions log.
  • SyncMate has also a built-in converter so you can compress video to MPEG4, and ability to resize your images while copying. No word on Leopard compatibility, but could assume it’s on the way.

    Source: Eltima
    via WMExperts

    Common Access Card System for Palm Treo Smartphones Now Available

    Palm has announced the availability of a Common Access Card (CAC) solution for Palm Treo smartphones running Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology.

    Officially called the Smartphone Security Version 7 CAC Pack from Trust Digital, the CAC Pack for Windows Mobile-based Treo smartphones addresses Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, which requires all federal agencies to implement a system of smartcards that deliver a common, two-factor authentication method for physical doors, computers and smartphones in all federal buildings. Trust Digital is a leading provider of enterprise smartphone security and management software.

    "The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security and other government agencies face mission-critical situations requiring secure mobile access to encrypted email, websites and applications," said Eric Johnson, director of public sector and strategic partners at Palm, Inc. "The CAC Pack for Windows Mobile-based Treo smartphones lets authorized personnel use their smartphones to digitally sign and encrypt/decrypt email and documents, log on to secure websites and utilize other applications that may require CAC, such as Microsoft applications. It’s a powerful, turn-key way to mobilize communications and connect wirelessly and securely to IT infrastructures."

    "Trust Digital is providing federal government and military personnel with an alternative to proprietary RIM devices by introducing a powerful wireless CAC solution that combines the Palm’s world-class ease of use on Windows Mobile with advanced security management from Trust Digital," said Dan Dearing, vice president of marketing at Trust Digital. "In combination with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Smartphone Security Version 7 CAC Pack offers a secure email solution that reduces total cost of ownership , enables the adoption of open-market smartphones, and provides a superior user experience while also complying with agency and service security mandates."

    Features of the CAC Pack for Windows Mobile-based Treo Smartphones

    • Compact and rugged Bluetooth wireless technology-enabled CAC reader that also connects to Bluetooth-enabled desktop and laptop computers. The reader is ready to serve as a badge holder with printed identification features exposed for visual inspection. It can be used with a retractable cord or lanyard.
    • Security software provides two-factor authentication of Treo smartphone users that enables them to digitally sign and/or encrypt email messages. It supports device-level authentication and data-at-rest encryption (AES 128/196/256 and Triple DES) of the smartphone. This on-device security visually identifies smartphones as they access a network and requires all devices to authenticate, register and pass policy-based compliance verification before gaining network access via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. The policy-based software also helps to eliminate the risks associated with accidental or malicious data disclosure using FIPS 140-2 validated encryption. It also manages and controls device access; oversees communication ports, such as Bluetooth and IR; supervises software installation and execution; as well as controls SMS text messaging, camera, infrared and Wi-Fi connections.
    • Management software features a web-based console that centralizes management of Treo smartphone security with the use of a help desk, compliance reporting and policy-editing capabilities.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Smartphone Security Version 7 CAC Pack from Trust Digital is listed on U.S. General Services Agency (GSA) schedules. Prices will vary depending on GSA schedule. For more information on the CAC Pack, please call or visit www.palm.com/government or www.trustdigital.com.