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Verizon Wireless Starts Carrying Treo 700wx

The carrier that brought you the first Windows Mobile Treo, the 700w, is now offering an upgraded version of that smartphone, the 700wx, one year later.

Verizon Wireless, America's second largest carrier and biggest CDMA/EV-DO operator, is selling the 700wx for $400 with a two-year agreement and after a $100 rebate. It is now offering a $150 rebate on the 700w.

Fellow CDMA/EV-DO operators, Sprint and Alltel, already sell the Treo for their networks, while Cingular Wireless became the first GSM operator in the U.S. to deliver a Windows Mobile Treo last month with the antenna-less Treo 750.

The 700wx and 700w sport nearly identical hardware, expect for one key difference: The former has twice as much RAM, 64 MB, as the latter. What this does is give the 700wx 44 MB of user-available memory compared to the 700w's mere 25 MB, leaving more room for applications to run. So when you've got several apps up at once, for example, the performance of the 700wx will be far less likely to slow down.

The Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone, which measures 4.4 x 2.3 x .9 inches (111 x 58 x 22.5 millimeters) and weighs 6.4 ounces (180 grams), runs on a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor, and it has an SDIO-enabled Secure Digital slot for memory and peripheral expansion. There's a square 240 x 240 pixel resolution touch screen with 65,536 colors, and a 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom.

Like other Treos, its QWERTY thumb-keyboard is backlit and it has a 5-way navigator and speakerphone.

The 700wx also delivers Bluetooth dial-up networking (along with USB) to allow users to leverage the Treo as a wireless modem for a laptop through a 400-700 kbps EV-DO network out-of-the box. The same connection that delivers speedy access to e-mail, the Web, video, audio, handset TV and other content services.

It also integrates Microsoft-based push e-mail through the software giant's Windows Mobile Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which includes Direct Push Technology for messages, calendar, contacts, and tasks; native S/MIME support, certificate-based authentication to all Exchange data; and remote and local device wipe.

For more on the Treo 700wx, see the PDAStreet review.

Article courtesy of PDAStreet.