NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 12, 2006–For people who are ready to move up to a full-featured mobile phone that includes everything needed to stay organized, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone.(1) Customers will find the Treo 680 smartphone easy to use, slim and compact, yet packed full of features beyond its stellar phone capability, such as email, web browsing, messaging, multimedia, calendar, contacts and more.(2) In the coming weeks and months, carriers around the world will announce additional product details, availability and exact pricing. Palm believes this product will appeal to price-sensitive feature-phone owners who want a more capable mobile-computing device.(NOTE: Video and images of the new smartphone are available from Business Wire (http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=5245091 ) and from Palm’s Multimedia Library (www.palm.com/MultimediaLibrary). Also, please see the following announcements that Palm made today: “Palm to Bring 20 Carriers Online with New Treo Smartphone; Expands Geographically and Demographically” and “Palm and Google Collaborate to Bring Google Maps to Treo Smartphones.”)Palm’s U.S. retail and online stores will sell exclusively an unlocked GSM version in four new cool colors – crimson, copper, arctic and graphite. For a limited time, they will come complete with a music bundle from Yahoo!, which includes a 30-day free trial to its music service. With Yahoo! Music Unlimited, users have access to more than 1 million songs to take with them anywhere.With the introduction of the Palm OS(R) based Treo 680 smartphone, Palm is targeting new users in the rapidly growing smartphone and feature-phone markets. Market research firm In-Stat, estimates that 25 percent of all wireless handsets worldwide will be smartphones by 2011. Research conducted by Palm suggests a substantial population of feature-phone users have not purchased smartphones, fearing they were too expensive and too difficult to use. The Treo 680 will offer an affordable, simple and fun way to get started and stay connected.”The Treo 680 is the smartphone for everyone. It’s small, sleek, fast and comes in a variety of fun colors,” said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. “It’s a great phone design, great for messaging and email, and provides users easy and fast access to the Internet and to their favorite music and pictures, and makes it easy for people to manage and balance their business and personal lives while on the go.”During a press conference at DigitalLife in New York City, the audience saw Palm’s innovative hardware design and integrated, easy-to-use software. Known for ease of use, Palm differentiates the Treo 680 smartphone from others in the Treo family by offering the following features along with many additional enhancements: New DesignThe Treo 680 smartphone has an internal antenna and slim form factor, making the device smaller and sleeker than its Treo predecessors in the United States. It has a full, easy-type keyboard, perfect for writing SMS messages and emails, and an optimal 320×320 vibrant color screen for viewing web pages, photos, media and more.All-in-one, Smarter PhoneThe Treo 680 smartphone has a unique phone user interface that further simplifies Treo innovations, such as the ability to respond to calls with a preset text message and add new phone numbers to existing contact information, and three-way calling. The Treo 680 also has integrated email and web capabilities, so users can stay in touch with colleagues and friends. The messaging application on the Treo 680 displays text-messaging conversations as “threaded chats,” similar to IM, so users can see their entire conversation with a particular person. The Treo 680 smartphone also can be used as an MP3 player and has an integrated digital camera, camcorder and video player.Additional FeaturesThe Treo 680 smartphone offers many additional features, including the following: Added memory: The Treo 680 smartphone includes 64MB of user-available storage, nearly three times the memory of the original Treo 650 smartphone. Customers can add up to 2GB of storage with expansion cards for those large music or video files (sold separately); Enhanced email and messaging: Exchange ActiveSync will now synchronize not only calendar and email, but contacts as well; SMS and MMS capabilities have been improved for a better user experience; Improved web browser: The Blazer 4.5 browser is superfast due to its smarter caching rules and includes alternate modes for viewing web pages optimized for the device or as a regular web page; Enhanced multimedia: Customers can use the Treo 680 smartphone to stream music, play MP3s and manage and share photo albums; Built-in dial-up networking (DUN) capabilities: Customers can use the new smartphone as a wireless modem via Bluetooth(R) wireless technology to connect to a compatible Bluetooth enabled laptop; Documents To Go: Customers can view, edit and share Microsoft Word and Excel documents on their Treo 680 smartphones in addition to viewing full-featured Adobe PDF files and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations; and Bluetooth 1.2: Customers can connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth enabled devices. The Treo 680 has improved car-kit and headset support, and support for multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections.Webcast Replay The archived audio portion of the DigitalLife webcast will be available on Thurs., Oct. 12, by 4 p.m. Eastern Time. To hear a replay of the audio, dial the number listed here and enter the conference ID number.United States: 800.642.1687International: 706.645.9291Conference ID: 8157780 The archived video and slideshow will be available on Sat., Oct. 14, by 8 a.m. Eastern Time. To see the video portion, click this link:http://invite.mshow.com/findshow.aspx?usertype=0&cobrand=100&shownumber=310348 (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser’s address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)About Palm, Inc.Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm handheld computers, and Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories.Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).More information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com.(1) Designed to be compatible with networks implementing GSM/GPRS/EDGE standards, but may not be available or operate in all countries.(2) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. Email account not included. EDGE service not available in all areas.Broadcast Video and Other Palm MaterialsBroadcast video and other materials are available online from Palm’s Multimedia Library (www.palm.com/MultimediaLibrary). Press can register at the site, which is hosted by The NewsMarket (www.TheNewsMarket.com), a web-based news and video archive, to browse and preview an extensive content library and order footage directly from their desktops. Registration and ordering on the site is free.Palm, Treo and LifeDrive are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.
Google Maps Released for Palm OS
“Take the power of Google Maps with you on your Treo.Cruising around looking for a nearby coffee shop? Driving to that new restaurant but can’t remember which street to turn right on? Now you can get business locations, maps and directions while you’re on the go. And it’s all free. Real-time traffic — See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas. Detailed directions — Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions. Integrated search results — Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map. Easily movable maps — Interactive, draggable maps lets you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually. Satellite imagery — Get a bird’s eye view of your desired location. (It’s like you’re there, we swear.)”Check this great program here:NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 12, 2006–Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that it will deliver the popular interactive mapping experience of Google Maps to millions of Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphone users. Google Maps for mobile optimized for Palm OS(R) based Treo smartphones is a free downloadable Palm OS application that offers directions, local search, moveable/scalable maps, location satellite imagery and traffic updates while on the go.(NOTE: Today Palm also announced the Palm Treo 680 smartphone. Video and images of the new product are available from Business Wire (http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=5245091) and from Palm’s Multimedia Library (www.palm.com/MultimediaLibrary).)”Google Maps for mobile is one of our most popular mobile applications,” said Deep Nishar, director of product management for Google, Inc. “We’re dedicated to providing user-friendly services that make life on the go easier. It’s been a pleasure working with Palm to bring our critically acclaimed local search and mapping application to millions of Treo users.”Google Maps for mobile on Treo smartphones offers numerous benefits for life on the run: Comprehensive information on traffic conditions in more than 30 U.S. major metropolitan areas, and partial information in many others; Detailed driving directions with traffic estimates to avoid congestions; One-touch recall of favorite locations and routes; Integrated search results for business locations, restaurant reviews, hotel amenities and hours of operation; Interactive maps to explore further, reaching beyond current locations; and Satellite and aerial views. “We’re committed to expanding relationships with mobile content providers to bring our customers the latest in mobile technology,” said David Diangson, director, business development and licensing for Palm, Inc. “Google’s local search expertise along with added conveniences such as traffic updates and directions make mobile lifestyles even easier. With its full keyboard, 5-way navigation, and touch screen, our Treo line is designed to take advantage of numerous applications, ranging from work to play, that complement a user’s everyday life.”Google Maps for mobile has been optimized for the following Palm OS based Treo smartphones: New Treo 680 smartphone Treo 700p smartphone Treo 650 smartphone Treo 600 smartphoneAvailability Google Maps for mobile is available today free of charge. To download Google Maps for mobile to a Treo smartphone, users simply visit www.google.com/gmm from the Treo web browser.(1)About Palm, Inc.Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm handheld computers, and Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories.Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).More information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com.(1) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. Email account not included. EDGE service not available in all areas.Palm, Treo and LifeDrive are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.
Sony Mylo comes with one year of TMobile HotSpot access
“It may not be quite as ubiquitous as the Sidekick, but the Sony Mylo is certainly one powerful (and fashionable) QWERTY handheld. You can now make full use of that WiFi capability free of charge. Sony and T-Mobile have teamed up to provide you one free year of WiFi access via T-Mo’s HotSpot locations (with the purchase of a Mylo). Walk into a Starbucks, and you’ll be able to VoIP, IM, and surf the web to your heart’s content.This is an excellent value, considering that T-Mobile HotSpot access usually runs you a solid 30 bucks a month. With twelve months of service, that’s a “free” $360 value. Other WiFi access points include Fedex Kinko’s, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Red Roof Inn locations, and select airports.” via mobilemag.com
Review of Sony Ericsson HBH DS970 stereo Bluetooth headset
“The headphones are made in bud-style (in some ways similar to the HPM-70), the sales package includes ear-plugs of different sizes, which allows you to find something specifically for your tastes. Running a few steps forward, I should notice that the sound quality provided by the earphones is one the best for such headsets, the sound is penetrating, basses are well audible (not for all devices). Judging the headphones alone, we can rightfully say they live up to the Walkman brand on them. Nowadays there are no products that could match the D970 in the sense of sound quality (among small headsets, whereas some large devices produce the same quality of the sound). Roughly speaking the sound is a bit better than that in the HPM-70, the difference is quite minor, though (used the same tracks for comparison).” Read more here: