Sprint Treo Pro Release Date Finally Official
Palm & Sprint Announce Treo Pro Availability Starting March 15
I was beginning to think that the day might never come but at long last Palm and Sprint yesterday officially announced that the Treo Pro smartphone will become available on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network starting Sunday, March 15.
The Sprint Treo Pro pricing is set at $199.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement (after a $100 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate, with an Everything plan with data or a $30 per month or higher data add-on).
As many will already know, although I was never a particularly huge fan of Windows Mobile, the Treo Pro has nonetheless been my preferred smartphone since its release back in August of last year (see Treo Pro review) and I have to admit that I have been _extremely_ impressed not only with its performance but also its extremely slick design – considering that I spend an average of four hours a day on the phone my choice is evidently rather important to me.
It’s a real shame that it has taken over six months for this “Super Hot” smartphone to be released by its first US carrier but overall I still feel that the Treo Pro is possibly the very best Windows Mobile business smartphone available on the market today – it certainly continues to be the most appealing to me for the reasons outlined below.
Top 10 Reasons To Get Your Sprint Treo Pro
- Ultraslim & Ultrasleek Form-Factor & Stunning Design
- Full QWERTY Keyboard + High Resolution 320x320 Flush Touchscreen
- Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication)
- Built-in GPS (Assisted and Autonomous GPS)
- High-Speed Wireless Data (EV-DO Rev. A)
- It’s a Palm Smartphone
- Dedicated Silent Ringer Switch Button
- Standard 5 Hours Talk Time (Up to 7 hours Continuous)
- Dedicated WiFi On/Off Button
- Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
Additionally, the Sprint Treo Pro also offers a number of specifications improvements over my existing Unlocked Treo Pro including:
- Much Faster CPU at 528 MHz (up from 400 MHz)
- More Memory: 128MB program memory (DDR) and 256MB non-volatile memory (175MB user available up from 105MB)
- Better GPS: a full aGPS chipset is now “Assisted & Autonomous” which means that your smartphone does NOT need to be within Sprint coverage to provide you with GPS navigation support.
- More Java: instead of just the standard Windows Mobile JVM it is rumoured that the device will also have Sprint’s own Java solution called Titan.
- More Apps: the recently released Kinoma Play will apparently come bundled with your smartphone + also expect more Sprint apps including Software Store, Sprint Music and SprintTV.
- Mobile Internet Explorer 6: this is not yet confirmed but given the much higher specs the Sprint Treo Pro may have the new IE 6 in ROM.
I am hoping to receive my Sprint Treo Pro review unit in the coming days and will naturally report on my experiences very soon.
Separately, Palm today also announced the availability of the Treo Pro on the Alltel Wireless network.
Like the Sprint Treo Pro, the Alltel Treo Pro is loaded with support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds, Wi-Fi for data, and GPS capabilities. Users can browse the web and send and receive emails at quick, mobile wireless broadband speeds. Treo Pro is the first Palm phone available with Internet Explorer Mobile 6, with options for either a mobile-optimized or desktop-like browsing experience. Its thin design blends a flush, high-resolution color touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard with a removable battery that packs up to five hours of talk time and enough strength for the business user's needs, offering a powerful yet effortless mobile experience.
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Additional Treo Pro information:
Treo Pro Preview
Treo Pro Review
Treo Pro Specifications
Treo Pro “Smart” Phone
Treo Pro Voice Command
Top 10 Treo Pro Accessories
Treo Pro Cases
Editor’s Choice Windows Mobile Software
Treonauts are always super hot…