Palm Adds New Treo Smartphone

Palm today introduced its first Palm OS CDMA-based Treo smartphone which can make use of wireless EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) broadband networks. The new Palm Treo 700p will be available later this year from Sprint and Verizon Wireless for yet as unspecified prices.

Besides being able to near broadbandlike speeds over various wireless carriers’ EvDO networks, said Palm, the Treo 700p also ships with Palm’s first built-in streaming media application. Other features of the Treo 700p include wireless modem connectivity for laptops via USB or integrated Bluetooth, 128MB of memory, support for SD memory cards, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera and camcorder, personalized ringtones, a voice memo application and a wide variety of other applications pre-installed which include a music player and PDF reader.

“The release of this Palm OS based product on the latest high-speed network technology is music to the ears of our dedicated installed base of Palm OS customers and clear validation that we intend to continue to focus on multiple platforms for our solutions,” said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, Inc, in a statement. “This flagship product – the second new smartphone Palm will introduce this calendar year — offers our world-class usability combined with a smarter phone, wireless email, built-in browser, and rich media capabilities – all at blazing speeds on the EvDO network.”