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First Treo 650 Carrier: Sprint PCS

Mon Oct 25, 2004 - 12:30 PM EDT - By Michael Ducker

For additional information on Treo 650, read our Treo 650 Announced article.

Press Release:

With one compact and simple-to-use device, mobile professionals have greater capabilities to be more productive and organized while on the go. Sprint (NYSE: FON) announced plans today to offer the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device Treo(tm) 650 by palmOne, a full-featured mobile device combining a wireless phone, email, Web access, Palm OS® organizer, built-in MP3 player and digital camera with video capabilities. The Treo 650 by palmOne will be available next month at Sprint Stores, Sprint business channels and online at www.sprintpcs.com for a suggested retail price of $599.99. Sprint business customers will also have the option to purchase a non-camera version of the device later this year.

"Sprint realizes that the mobile workforce needs to be able to perform a broad range of tasks in order to remain competitive and is committed to providing the necessary combination of cutting-edge devices, network capabilities and data services to make that possible," said Harry Campbell, president - Emerging and Mid Markets, Sprint Business Solutions. "The Treo 650 by palmOne is an incredibly powerful smart device that will make a valuable addition to Sprint's broad portfolio of wireless offerings, unmatched by any of our competitors."

"Consumers and corporations alike are realizing the benefits of the Treo. It extends their reach, increases productivity and connects them more closely to their friends, family, customers and partners," said Ken Wirt, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for palmOne. "Together with Sprint, we're giving our customers another great member of the Treo smartphone family that delivers all they need to stay connected and in touch."

Business and personal wireless email for the new device is provided by Sprint PCS Business ConnectionSM. Interfacing seamlessly with Microsoft® Exchange and Lotus Domino data, Sprint PCS Business Connection extends wireless access to the messaging and calendar applications today's wireless workforce demands - securely and conveniently. The Treo 650 also supports Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync® for over-the-air synchronization of email and calendar information with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

For content, the Treo 650 by palmOne has access to Sprint PCS Vision downloadable Games, Ringers, Screensavers and other Palm OS entertainment and productivity applications billed on the Sprint PCS Bill. It is also the first U.S.-based implementation of Handango InHand for Palm OS. An intelligent, device-resident download client for smartphones and wireless handhelds, Handango InHand for Palm OS features a wide variety of mobile applications and content including games, productivity applications, ringtones and more. Utilizing Handango InHand's rock-solid security and download safeguard technology, mobile customers can easily find, try, buy and download mobile content quickly and securely. Additional content for the Treo 650 by palmOne provided by Handango is accessible online at the Sprint PCS Software Store at http://sprint.handango.com.

Packaged offers include Handmark Express and AudibleListener®. Users will enjoy a 30-day free trial of automatic and on-demand delivery of news, weather, sports, movies, maps and more with Handmark; and Sprint customers can receive $50 cash back with a 12-month subscription to audio books, audio magazines, newspapers, radio programs and more with audible.com® at www.audible.com/sprint/treo650.

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