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Palm takes on the world with new quad-band smartphone

Antony Savvas

Palm has boosted the multimedia technology offered in its smartphone range with the launch of the Palm Treo 680.

The quad-band phone supports GSM, GPRS, and EDGE networks to enable users to access data anywhere in the world.

Market research firm In-Stat estimates that 25% of all wireless handsets worldwide will be smartphones by 2011.

The new phone has a full, “easy-type” keyboard and a 320x320 vibrant colour screen for viewing web pages, photos, and other media.

The Treo 680 also displays text-messaging conversations as "threaded chats," similar to instant messaging, so users can see their entire conversation with a particular person.

The smartphone can also can be used as an MP3 player, and has an integrated digital camera, camcorder and video player.


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