Palm announces AT&T Tungsten W service

As expected, Palm Inc. formally announced Monday that AT&T Wireless Services Inc. will offer voice and data services over Palm's Tungsten W, a handheld computer with phone features.

The Tungsten W, designed primarily for enterprises, can be used with AT&T's GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) service, which is available in 99 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to Palm. International roaming services also are available.

The announcement, which had been scheduled for Feb. 18, was held up because of delays in approval of the device by the PCS Type Certification Review Board. Its certification is required by North American GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) carriers.

The Tungsten W can be preordered now at The Palm Store at http://store.palm.com, as well as at Amazon.com, CDW.com, CompUSA.com, FranklinCovey.com, Insight.com, JandR.com, MicroWarehouse.com, OfficeDepot.com, PCConnection.com and Staples.com. Starting Feb. 28, it will be available nationally at select CompUSA, Franklin Covey and other retail stores. The U.S. suggested retail price is US$549.

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