SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Sept. 5, 2006--Building on the Treo(TM) 700 family, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the availability of the Palm® Treo 700wx smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, adding another Palm EvDO product to Sprint's (NYSE:S) product offerings.
The Treo 700wx combines a great mobile phone, comprising all the functionality and ease of use for which Treo smartphones are known, with the power and security of Windows Mobile favored by many businesses. Today's announcement marks the availability of Sprint's first Windows Mobile Treo smartphone on the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network, giving its customer base more choices and complementing the Treo 700p smartphone running on the Palm OS® platform.
"Palm's goal is to give our customers more choices to satisfy the growing demands of the mobile work force," said Tim Roper, vice president, U.S. region, for Palm, Inc. "The Palm user experience combined with ready access to Microsoft's as well as Good Technology's world-class email solutions gives mobile professionals a true competitive edge and helps to extend Palm's reach into the enterprise market."
"Treo smart devices continue to provide customers with innovation, ease of use and functionality in a stylish form factor," said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "For customers who prefer to have Microsoft's Windows operating system applied across all their corporate computing assets, the new Treo 700wx gives users a convenient way to access their business-critical and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents at broadbandlike download speeds to make just about anyplace a work place."
Key Productivity Features
The Treo 700wx provides the same great world-class Treo experience and ease of use that customers expect, as well as the following key features:
o Access to Email on the Go: Windows Mobile Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which includes Direct Push Technology, native S/MIME support, certificate-based authentication to all Exchange data, and remote and local device wipe, is available out-of-the-box giving smartphone users fast, automatic wireless updates of their email, calendar items, contacts and tasks.(1) The Treo 700wx smartphone offers mobile professionals streamlined access to Good Mobile Messaging through an intuitive Get Good application icon, allowing easy over-the-air provisioning.(2) The solution delivers real-time access to push-based email, calendar items, contacts, notes and tasks. The Treo 700wx smartphone also supports Good Mobile Defense for robust security and fleet management, as well as Good Mobile Intranet, giving users access to web-enabled enterprise systems, including sales force automation (SFA), customer relationship management (CRM) and corporate intranets.
o Built-in Dial-up Networking (DUN) Capabilities: Treo 700wx smartphone users can take advantage of broadbandlike EvDO download speeds on their laptop computers by using the new smartphone as a wireless modem via USB technology.(3) This out-of-the-box functionality offers an alternative to Wi-Fi, enabling users to access a high-speed connection in coffee shops, airports or hotels.
o Sprint Mobile Broadband Support: Sprint customers using the Treo 700wx have the benefit of Sprint Power Vision services on the nation's largest mobile broadband network. The Sprint Power Vision Network offers broadbandlike download data speeds averaging up to 400-700 kbps.(4)
"Mobility today means far more than reading email outside the office," said Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. "People need to be able to access Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, manage their calendars, search the Internet and more with a single device. We are pleased that Sprint and Palm are launching the Treo 700wx to provide their customers with a powerful smartphone that answers the needs of life on the go."
Benefits of Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Palm's Windows Mobile based Treo smartphones provide customers with a compelling combination of powerful software, an award-winning form factor, and the ease of use long associated with the Palm experience. Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition provides many user advantages when compared with other smartphones:
o Touch screen: Makes surfing websites, gathering data and navigating forms and applications much easier;
o Copy and paste: Additional functionality provides added productivity;
o Built-in viewers and editors: Ability to view and edit Microsoft Word Mobile and Excel® Mobile files, and view PowerPoint® Mobile and PDF files;
o Software applications: Large number available for Pocket PC Phone Edition; and
o Saving: Ability to save images and sounds from a website.
Additional Treo 700wx Features and Benefits
o Support for On Demand -- users can retrieve personalized information for local news, sports, weather, movies and more;
o Device User's Guide -- customers can view the full User's Guide (located in the Quick Tour and My Treo sections) right from their device, providing convenient access to tips, troubleshooting techniques and how-to instructions;
o 1.3-megapixel camera to shoot crisp, clear digital images and videos;
o 64MB RAM for program execution (5);
o Integrated Bluetooth® 1.2 wireless technology for communicating with compatible headsets, car kits, computers and printers equipped with Bluetooth technology;
o Removable battery and non-volatile memory;
o Expansion-card slot (SD, SDIO, and MultiMediaCard compatible); and
o 240x240 transflective (TFT) screen.
Pricing and Availability
The Palm Treo 700wx smartphone from Sprint is available now at Sprint Stores, Sprint business channels and online at www.sprint.com and www.palm.com/store starting at $499.99 after available discounts and promotions.
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm® handheld computers, Palm Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).
More information about Palm, Inc. is available at www.palm.com.
(1) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. MSFP requires Exchange Server 2003 and access enabled by IT administrator.
(2) Good Technology services sold separately.
(3) Within EvDO data wireless service coverage area only. Actual data speeds vary based on network capacity and application design. Compatible with 1xRTT network.
(4) Palm's independent field tests show that Treo 700wx smartphone can deliver speeds of between 400-600 kilobits per second.
(5) RAM is for program execution and not user-available memory; user-available memory is approximately 60MB flash memory.
Jimmy Johnson, 408-617-7456
A&R Edelman for Palm, Inc.
Erin Freeley, 650-762-2863