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Treo 750v Goes Live!

Palm today announced the Palm Treo 750v smartphone, the first Treo smartphone to take advantage of Vodafone's 3G/UMTS network.  The Treo 750v brings the Palm experience on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 to Europe for the first time. The new Treo 750v will be available first to Vodafone customers in the following countries: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and other regions by the end of the calendar year.

I will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the Treo 750v for a hands on experience later today here at the the CTIA conference in Los Angeles and finally be able to share with you the experience of what the first (truly gorgeous) antenna-less Treo smartphone really feels like.  In the meantime, below is Palm’s press release and some additional images.

"The new Palm Treo 750v smartphone -- made available first in Europe -- on the Vodafone 3G/UMTS network is Palm's latest salvo to reach more customers in more regions with an ever-expanding line of compelling Treo smartphones," said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer from Palm. "Expanding the Treo footprint globally is a key focus for Palm, and with collaborative marketing investments in Europe from Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft, we are confident we can captivate mobile professionals and businesses and help them be more productive in the office and on the go."

The Treo 750v combines the hallmark Palm experience of a multifeatured mobile phone with email, messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a new compact design.  The new smartphone comes with Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for Windows Mobile 5.0, which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features free and out of the box.  It is also fully compatible with Vodafone Business Email, giving remote access to enterprise and Internet-based email accounts. These business-ready solutions address the need for a robust push-email solution that can be deployed easily by small businesses to global enterprises.

Unique to the Treo smartphone on Windows Mobile 5.0 is a suite of software enhancements developed by Palm that underscores its brand promise of fast access, ease of use and simplicity. Examples include the following:

  • Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to "dial by name" with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
  • Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy navigation;
  • Ability to ignore a call and quickly compose a text message, such as "In a meeting" or "Can't talk"; and
  • Dedicated messaging application for SMS/MMS that is organized in a "chat thread" so users can reference prior messages and use emoticons for a personal touch.

"The new Treo 750v smartphone, when combined with our high-speed 3G/UMTS network and push email, makes an invaluable tool for our business customers," said Oliver Mauss, global director of Business Marketing, Vodafone. "Our commitment to help customers increase their productivity and make the most of their business and personal time will be further enhanced by the addition of this new innovative device to our range of business solutions."

"We're excited to team up with Palm and Vodafone to launch a Windows Mobile-based Treo in Europe. We're seeing significant adoption of mobile applications among business users in the region, and the Treo is an attractive proposition for organizations considering mobile deployments," said Nick Barley, business and marketing officer, Microsoft U.K. Limited. "The Treo 750v builds on the power and flexibility of Windows Mobile, Palm's unique design and user experience, and service through one of the world's leading mobile operators to deliver a winning solution that connects professionals to their critical information while on the go."

Treo 750v Features and Benefits

  • Powerful Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Palm enhancements;
  • Integrated SMS/MMS with chat view and dedicated inbox;
  • Mobile access to multiple business and personal email accounts;
  • 3G/UMTS network for fast data access;
  • 1.3-megapixel digital camera that also captures video;
  • Windows Media(R) Player 10 Mobile for music and video;
  • Built-in Bluetooth(R) wireless technology enhanced to support Bluetooth enabled stereo headsets;
  • Mini-SD expansion slot; and
  • 240x240 transflective (TFT) touch screen.

Other enhancements/variations on the specifications compared to either the Treo 650 or Treo 700w|wx include:

  • Reduced weight to 154 grams from 178 grams on Treo 650
  • 300MHz Samsung processor instead of Intel XScale 312MHz on Treo 700w|wx
  • Standard battery is 1200mAh compared to 1800mAh on Treo 700w|wx
  • Talk time is up to 4.5 hours compared to 5 hours and standby time is 240 hours compared to 300 hours (because of reduced device and battery size)
  • Windows Mobile 5.2 instead of 5.0

Palm Introduces Windows Mobile-Based Treo 750v Smartphone for Vodafone Customers [Palm Press Release]

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Posted by Andrew on September 12, 2006 at 11:36 AM

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by David Macdonald | Sep 12, 2006 11:41:19 AM

No WiFi. And since it uses a miniSD does that mean that WiFi cannot be added using a WiFi SD card as with the treo 700?

by Sal | Sep 12, 2006 11:53:54 AM

Well it looks like we knew it would, so the question remains, and Andrew ask the palm peeps if u can, When is this device available state side? I'm about to jump the Treo ship for the HTC train. Why would palm totally crap on the US GSM users? It makes no business sense. No Wifi, a new MiniSD standard, and no US GSM carrier, are they trying to lose customers. Just my 2 cents.

by pht | Sep 12, 2006 12:05:46 PM

what about the palm version of the 750v?

by Rome | Sep 12, 2006 12:30:11 PM

I think Cingular will launch its version of 750V next month in the U.S.

by andrew | Sep 12, 2006 12:54:14 PM

David - there is actually already a miniSD WiFi solution http://www.spectec.com.tw/en/sdw-822.htm

We will be selling in the Treonauts Accessories Shop shortly - of course...

Cheers, A.

by Robogeek | Sep 12, 2006 12:55:45 PM

So, um... why is it that we _still_ don't have a current generation Palm OS GSM Treo in the U.S.?

I've been waiting months to replace my aging, flaky 600 (complete with a nasty stain of forever-orange pixels), but don't want to settle for the 650, and am extremely frustrated by the non-GSM 700p and now this Windows/Europe-only 750.

Come on, Palm! Don't force me (and I'm guessing many others in the same boat) to leave your platform! I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY MONEY. Don't make me buy a Blackberry Pearl or something.

It's beyond inconceivable to me you don't have a current generation GSM model for U.S. customers, and I'm beyond tired of waiting.

by David Macdonald | Sep 12, 2006 1:31:16 PM

Andrew - the miniSDIO Wifi card you pointed out looks like it would solve the problem of a lack of Wifi on the 750v. Can we assume that the 750v has a miniSDIO slot, not just a miniSD slot? I remember early PocketPC devices that had an SD slot that were not SDIO compatible.

I also had trouble with the link above and found the device at http://www.spectec.com.tw/products_detal.asp?dptype=w1sdw822

by Stefan | Sep 12, 2006 3:51:47 PM

I noticed the Spected MidiSD Wifi card has only support for IEEE 802.11b. Does this mean it can only be used in Europe?
And why isn't .11g support, tsss...

by andrew | Sep 12, 2006 4:23:52 PM

Stefan - there is a 'g' miniSD Wifi card that will be available shortly as well...

Cheers, A.

by zuke | Sep 12, 2006 5:30:04 PM

You know, as a US citizen temporarily living in the UK, I'm very interested in a phone I can eventually bring back home. I've been looking at the Treo series for a VERY long time, and I've been waiting for this moment.

The frustrating thing here, though, is how Palm is "piece-mealing" this phone system. Personally, I find it rather infuriating how they've released this new Treo with marginal improvements in some areas, and absolutely no improvement in others.

Like a previous commenter noted...I'm looking (more and more) at the HTC series. Their phones are jam-packed with features (WiFI, video calling, etc). The TyTn looks especially promising...if you like the slide out keyboard.

Anyway...just expressing a little frustration. I'm a Palm (Windows) supporter, an investor in Palm stock...and genuinely want to help the cause. But come on! They're working on name-brand recognition now...with very little innovation/improvements. They need to do better!

by Quique | Sep 12, 2006 9:39:11 PM

Can you clarify something...the t650 has a screen resolution of 320x320 and you say in this post the 750V is 240x240....why the reductionin sreen rez? Is that not backtracking on model improvements?


by Lever | Sep 12, 2006 9:57:12 PM

The 650 is running a Palm OS wich supports 320x320. The 750v as well as the 700w are running Windows Mobile 5 wich only supports 240x240. The 700p, on the other hand runs at 320x 320. Windows supports a higher resolution, 420x 420 or something like that, but of course it is quite more expensive to manufacture.

by jeff Lorber | Sep 13, 2006 1:45:45 AM

why does everybody here like the Palm OS better? It's a pretty archaic OS and doesn't really multitask. JL

by Borszczuk | Sep 13, 2006 11:16:08 AM

The "doesn't really multitask" is a realy good joke ;-) It does not multitask at all! But it's in fact not really a big problem for PDA... unless you surf the net (switching to i.e. memo from web browser or SSH terminates the connection which is really damn sucking annoyance). As for "archaic" - Palm has dug the grave for Palm OS, or at least is doing so for a while - if they won't do anything it go away. But answering your former question - I'd still choose Palm OS treo over M$. Matter of personal preferences.

by PalmUser | Sep 13, 2006 10:04:29 PM

Device looks great!

But I am frustrated by Palm only releasing Windows devices! This is crazy, where's PalmOS version??? Come on Palm, be loyal to your customers!!!!!!!!!!

by Kurniadi | Sep 18, 2006 2:55:23 AM

no HSDPA, No 128 SDRAM, no 128 ROM, no WIFI g, no good.

by marco | Sep 22, 2006 12:09:43 PM

look like there IS a 802.11g miniSD card:


but we still haven't answered the question if the expansion slot in the 750v is good for it or if there is a difference between miniSD and an hypotetical miniSDIO...

anybody got hints?

by Leo | Feb 6, 2007 3:06:15 AM

by pwoodford | Feb 29, 2008 7:44:23 PM

I tracked down the "Spectec SDW-822 miniSD WiFi Card" wlan11b-14CNU.CAB driver for WM5.0 (windows mobile 5.0), from way back when:


Track resource:

Tested and works

My blog:

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