Treo 700p: Sprint Sets Pricing & Availability
I had somewhat anticipated that it would take a little while longer but… Sprint today announced its plans to be the first to offer the new EvDO ready Treo 700p running PalmOS.
Positioning it as the ‘Sprint Power Vision Smart Device Treo 700p’, Sprint is strongly promoting unique multimedia capabilities powered by the nation's largest mobile broadband network. Like with Palm’s Treo 700p announcement yesterday, Sprint also emphasizes SPEED with the much enhanced wireless data connectivy of the Treo 700p which the company believes will be ideally suited to make the most of its “largest mobile broadband network of any carrier today”.
According to Sprint, the Treo 700p will be available at the end of May (rumoured May 28–29 date) at Sprint Stores, Sprint business channels and also online priced at $399.99 after available discounts and promotions. Without a contract the Treo 700p will cost $649.99 which will make it Sprint’s single most expensive device.
Sprint is enabling the Treo 700p with flexible connectivity options like dial-up networking (DUN) that takes advantage of the Treo 700p capability to be used with a laptop to provide high-speed data access. Sprint is also expected to be the only wireless carrier to offer live TV capabilities - via Sprint TV - on the Treo 700p at launch.
"Sprint realizes that every business customer is also a consumer and uses mobility for productivity, social connections, entertainment and news," said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "The Treo 700P is ideal for customers who are looking for a device that provides a combination of power and elegance to satisfy the need for owning a stylish, cutting-edge device while still helping them to be more efficient and productive."
On top of the standard new features and many applications which the Treo 700p will offer, Sprint will also provide some additional programs specifically designed to deliver a “powerful productivity and entertainment experience” – further supporting the fact that the Treo is perfect for both work and play.
Unique Sprint features include:
- Support for Sprint Mobile Broadband Service on the nation's largest mobile broadband network.
- Support for Sprint TV - Emmy-award winning service providing more than 50 channels of video and audio for TV on the go, including live TV with full motion video and vivid sound.
- Support for On Demand - retrieve personalized information for local news, sports, weather, movies and more.
- Support for Sprint PCS Picture Mail, Messaging, Games, Ringers, Screensavers
"The new Sprint Treo 700p delivers on Palm's commitment to provide business and mobile professionals with the tools they need to stay productive while on the road," said John Hartnett, senior vice president worldwide sales and customer relations for Palm. "The Treo 700p provides a world-class email and Web experience and, combined with Sprint's high-speed EV-DO network, gives businesses more reasons to extend their corporate information with a Treo mobile solution."
Sprint further adds that its Sprint Power Vision Network can access various audio, video and data applications at average download speeds of 400-700 kbps and peak speeds up to 2Mbps. Sprint today claims to have the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier – with services in 220 major metropolitan areas as well as 470 airports across the nation.
We now only have to sit and wait patiently (not one of my strong suits) a couple more weeks before we can all start Treonauting at high speeds everywhere…
Treonauts are always sprinting somewhere…