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Palm, Vodafone, Microsoft Team For 3G Euro Treo

Working with Vodafone and Microsoft, Palm says a new 3G-ready Treo smartphone is headed to the European market before the end of the year.

Palm said it will partner with Britain's Vodafone and Microsoft to create a 3G Treo using Windows Mobile 5.0 to target European mobile e-mail users.

Besides operating on Vodafone's high-speed 3G network, the devices will provide push e-mail service using Microsoft's Direct Push technology.

The Vodafone partnership "is a significant step to accelerate our geographic expansion and serve more European customers," John Hartnett, Palm's senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer relations, said in a statement.

Although the companies provided few details, such as product name or specifications, they did say they would deliver the new phone first to European customers in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

In June, Palm said it would halt European sales of the Palm 650 smartphone, its only European phone. Palm's CEO Ed Colligan said at the time the company hoped to introduce a replacement by the end of the year.

While a Palm spokesperson quibbled with whether the new Treo replaces or simply follows the Treo 650, the company denied the new device is a reaction from pressure from Motorola's Q smartphone in May.

The Treo may need to change its 700w, the Windows Mobile-based Treo alternative, to counter the Q.