Sprint PCS will start shipping the i300 handset from Samsung by the end of September. The Samsung handset will run the Palm operating system and will support Java.
Sprint PCS also announced a tie-in with Nextel Communications relating to the further development of Java-enabled phones, according to Pat Noland, the product manager at Sprint PCS.
Companies such as Japan's NTT DoCoMo and Nokia have already focused their efforts around Java-enabled phones, announcing that they will be selling millions of handsets with the compact Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) software over the next couple of years.
Java is the popular "write once, run anywhere" programming language developed by Sun. The company claims that Java will make the end user's wireless life more enjoyable by making it easier to download software and run more complex types of entertainment or business software.
Users can currently load a small program known as a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on to Sprint PCS handsets made by Kyocera to run Java applications. The Kyocera handset, which has been available for several months, combines phone functions with handheld tools running on the Palm operating system.