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Orange Treo 650 in 2nd Quarter

Mon Feb 14, 2005 - 10:10 AM EST - By Marcus Adolfsson

palmOne today announced that the Treo 650 smartphone will be available on Orange's network in the UK, France and Switzerland, sometime in the 2nd quarter.

The Treo 650 offers a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, a Palm OS organiser, messaging, web access2, digital camera and QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard.

It is also one of Orange's Talk Now phones, giving customers instant access to groups of friends or colleagues at the touch of a dedicated button on the side of the phone.

As an Orange Signature phone, it also comes equipped with Orange-specific applications, such as Orange Backup (which allows customers to automatically back up Contacts, SIM data, Calendar, Tasks, Memos, Mail and images wirelessly on a remote server) and Orange Download (enabling customers to receive updated software from Orange directly to the phone).

palmOne and Orange will be supporting the launch of the Treo 650 with a broad range of marketing initiatives, including advertising campaigns.

Florian Seiche, director of Devices for the Orange Group, said: "The Treo 600 was one of the most successful Orange phones in our Signature catalogue last year in terms of data usage. Now we're pleased to be offering this even more advanced smartphone to our customers. As well as the great multimedia capabilities the Treo 650 offers, our customers can also benefit from its in-built Talk Now functionality, which comes as standard on the handset. It's great to continue our relationship with palmOne and to once again be the first in Europe to offer the newest member of the Treo family."

Fran´┐Żois Bornibus, vice president, EMEA, for palmOne, said: "According to Canalys, sales of smartphones grew by 160 percent year-on-year in EMEA last quarter3, highlighting the great market opportunity that exists for palmOne and mobile carriers such as Orange. We are delighted to be working with Orange to deliver the Treo 650, a world-class smartphone, to its customer base in Europe."

Bornibus continued: "Research in Europe shows that 61 percent of business decisions are being delayed because of waiting for people to reply to email.4 Having access to email on the move using a mobile device such as the new Treo 650 smartphone should help people overcome these challenges."

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