PalmOne updates the Treo smart phone

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

The Treo 650 now comes with 32M bytes of flash memory, 23M bytes of which are accessible to the user. Flash memory can store information without a constant electrical charge and is very attractive to users, who were forced to scramble for a power plug every time their devices started to run out of electricity, Shirai said.

After years of pleading from users to include flash memory in its products, PalmOne has rolled out that memory in two new products, including the Tungsten T5 PDA unveiled earlier this month.

Pricing for the Treo 650 was not available, but pricing for these products is usually determined by the mobile phone carriers that actually sell the phones. Without a new service plan, the Treo 600, for example, costs $479.99 for the GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Services) version and $599 for the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) version. Those prices will fall when the Treo 650 is introduced, Shirai said.

The device will start to become available in the U.S. from both GSM/GPRS and CDMA carriers over the rest of the year, and will be rolled out worldwide starting in 2005, Shirai said.

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