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Sprint, Samsung Collaborate on Palm Phone

Palm took another step in its quest to become a staple operating system of next generation wireless phones with Sprint's introduction Monday of the Samsung SPH-i330, a new PCS phone by Samsung Telecommunications America which combines a full color screen and the functionality of a Palm OS device.

The i330 builds on the features of its predecessor, the Samsung SPH-i300, but features new capabilities and enhanced speeds.

"After launching the first color Palm OS-based wireless phone in North America with Samsung last year, we are thrilled to now introduce the next generation model -- the PCS Phone by Samsung SPH-i330," said Phil Bowman, vice president of business marketing for Sprint's PCS Division. Bowman added," The i330 is the latest PCS Vision enabled smart device offered as part of the PCS Clear Wireless Workplace to help customers make clear calls, stay connected and be productive anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network."

The dual-band/tri-mode phone features a 160 x 240 pixel, 256-color touch screen panel display for navigating pop-up screen menus and viewing HTML Web sites with the Handspring Blazer multi-mode browser. It features an always-on data connection that runs on Sprint's CDMA2000 network, which supports data speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps.

The phone also features 16 MB of memory and is compatible with nearly all Palm OS applications, according to Sprint. In addition, Sprint said customers will have access to PCS Vision applications including:

  • Full color Web browsing
  • Wireless messaging, including POP 3 e-mail, instant messaging and wireless chat
  • PCS Business Connection, which offers secure, remote access to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes information, allowing customers to read and compose email, navigate company directories and personal contacts, access work calendars and send meeting requests.

Users can choose to input data with either the Graffiti writing area or on the touch screen panel display. The phone comes standard with a CD that includes Palm OS Desktop software, PocketMirror conduit software for Microsoft Outlook, Palm OS Game Pack and Phone Off images.