CTIA Fall 2005
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Monday's big news didn't turn out to be quite as big as we had hoped. It's not that the announcement of Treo running Windows Mobile isn't groundbreaking, because it is. After all it was important enough to merit the presence of three very powerful CEOs on one stage. But we sure would have felt like it was more exciting - more news-worthy - if Palm, Microsoft and Verizon had been forthcoming with more details.
Very early into the presentation, before Ed Colligan, Bill Gates and Denny Strigl could congratulate each other on their coup, we were told something along the lines of "all we will be saying today as far as specs is that the new Treo has an Intel processor and EV-DO. Also, there is no official name for this model yet."
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Later, during the extensive question and answer period, we learned that Windows Mobile Treo would be out on Verizon "early, early next year," and then would probably be available from other major carriers (i.e. Sprint) in the second half of 2006 - implying Verizon has a six month exclusive on the smartphone. We were also told that the phone will come out on additional 3G networks (such as UMTS and/or HSDPA) in the second half as well.
Although we still don't have full specs on the new Treo, persistence paid off. We have confirmed that the screen is 240 x 240 pixels - the same as on HP's mobile messenger series. It also has a camera and an SD card slot, just like its predecessor. It won't have Wi-Fi.
Palm has also added a few neat software tweaks that they demoed briefly. One is a photo-speed-dial feature on the home screen, and another provides a visual interface for any voicemail system. The final tweak they demoed provides a one-click option to reply to a new missed call with an SMS message (handy during a meeting, etc.)
We can also tell you Palm OS fans out there that you can breathe a sigh of relief. Palm will definitely bring out new Palm OS Treos next year too - most likely in the same new form factor.
So what do we think about the Treo that shall not be named? Well it's hard to say since we couldn't actually play with a working model yet. But it will be very interesting to see how it sizes up against the Motorola Q, which is due out around the same time.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
California Lawmakers Nix Kill Switch Bill
California today failed to pass legislation that would have required cellphone makers to add a kill switch to devices sold in the state. The bill was proposed by California State Sen.
CTIA Loses Cell Radiation Labeling Fight In Berkeley
A judge sided with the City of Berkeley in a law concerning cell phone radiation and labeling in stores. Berkeley won an initial ruling earlier this year that requires cell phone retailers to put up signs that spell out the possible risks of using cellular devices.
Wireless Carriers Set Indoor 911 Location Framework
The CTIA Wireless Association recently announced that its largest members have agreed to a preliminary timeframe for improving the accuracy of 911 calls made from indoors. In February, the FCC demanded that wireless network operators increase 911 location data accuracy to cover larger buildings.
Verizon Improves BART Service with XLTE and HD Voice
Verizon Wireless today said it has completed upgrades to its service along portions of San Francisco's BART public transit system. Verizon has enhanced coverage with XLTE (1700MHz) throughout BART tunnels, stations, and the Transbay Tube.
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