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Sprint Hires A Treo Pro

Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint will offer Palm’s first PDA phone equipped with Internet Explorer Mobile 6 on March 15 when it begins offering the Treo Pro, a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition model priced at $199.

The price, after $100 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate, is contingent on a two-year subscriber agreement

and subscription to a $30/month data plan or to the company’s $99 Simply Everything plan.

The 3G Pro, with touchscreen and hard QWERTY keyboard, will be available through all Sprint retail channels, followed on March 16 by Palm’s online store and Palm’s B to B sales organization beginning March 16.

Late last year, Palm began offering a W-CDMA/HSDPA version of the Pro as an unlocked model through direct marketers and the company’s Web site at a suggested $549. Although Palm offers locked and unlocked phones, the Pro was the first Palm phone to be available initially as an unlocked model, a spokeswoman said. The quadband EDGE device operates in HSDPA mode in the U.S. 850/1,900MHz bands and overseas 2.1GHz band.

The EV-DO Rev. A version features one-touch Wi-Fi 802.11b/g button, GPS navigation and Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which gives users the option of a phone-mobile-optimized or desktop-like browsing experience.

The devices also accesses such Sprint services as Sprint TV, Sprint Music downloads, customized Web content, threaded SMS, multiple IM services, Microsoft Direct Push Technology for receiving enterprise email, contacts and calendars.

Other features include Microsoft ActiveSync for PC-to-mobile syncing, streaming-radio applications, 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, support for MicroSDHC cards up to 16GB and Bluetooth.