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Sprint Sees Next Generation in CDMA

CDMA2000 connectivity requires Sprint's existing customers to upgrade their hardware for compatibility. Sprint is offering five new phones, two PDA/phones (a Palm-powered Handspring Treo and a Pocket PC-powered Toshiba) and two PC Card solutions for connecting laptops to the CDMA2000 network. All the CDMA2000-capable devices from Sprint feature color displays, but not all the devices offer the same PCS Vision services from Sprint. Sprint also plans to ship a CDMA2000-compatible CompactFlash card in the fourth quarter.

Because I'm a longtime Palm user, I asked Sprint to send the Treo 300. Earlier this year I tested Handspring's Treo 180 ("Handspring's Treo 180 Is All Keyed Up"), which is nearly identical to the 300. The 300 has the same form factor as the 180 and shares most of the same features, except that the 300 sports an appealing color screen and a lighted Lilliputian thumb keyboard. Additionally, this is the first Treo available for Sprint's PCS network. Most of Sprint's PCS Vision phones are dual band, but the Treo is a single-band phone, so roaming to a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital or analog service won't be possible.

Good
  • Average connection speeds in the 50-Kbps range.
  • 'Always on' access to your e-mail through PCS Business Connection.
  • Multiple access methods through PCS phones, PDAs and laptops.
    Bad