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 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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