Treo coming to Sprint 3G network

Handspring and Sprint are working together on a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) version of the Handspring Treo that will work on Sprint's future 3G (third-generation) network, the companies announced Monday.

The CDMA Treo, which will carry both the Handspring and Sprint brands, will be sold initially through Sprint's distribution channels and on the http://www.handspring.com Web site by the third quarter of this year, according to a statement by the companies. It will be designed to work on Sprint's 3G (third-generation) network, which the carrier expects to launch midyear.

The 3G network will enable data services at a maximum speed of 144K bps (bits per second), with average speeds of 50K bps to 70K bps. Within two years, the Kansas City-based carrier expects the network to operate as speeds as high as 5M bps.

Mountain View, California-based Handspring began selling a version of the Treo, a combination phone and handheld computer that runs the PalmSource Inc. Palm OS operating system, in the U.S. last month. [See, "Handspring sells Treo in US, cuts price of Visor Edge," Feb. 11.] That version uses the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) cellular technology. Handspring sells it for US$549, or $399 with service activation from Cingular Wireless LLC or VoiceStream Wireless Corp.

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