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    I got this info from: http://www.pcsintel.com/content/view/1313/9/

    Monday, 15 May 2006

    Sprint Nextel is gearing up to have the most aggressive Windows Mobile lineup ever. We'll cover their entire rundown of global, Smartphone, and Phone Edition devices you've never heard of before. Read more for all the details.

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    When Bad Gets Worse

    Sprint is facing increased competition in the Windows Mobile marketplace. With Verizon having exclusivity deals on the Motorola Q and Treo 700w, as well as the cancellation of Windows Mobile devices such as the Samsung i645, Sprint has been left with only one CDMA and one iDEN Windows Mobile device in their current consumer lineup.

    The growing pains are even more deep that at first appearance, for example, the reluctance to order non-camera versions of the HTC/UTStarcom PPC-6700 has left Sprint continuing to sell a very-tight supply of the older PPC-6601, despite having to admit to users it has abandoned plans to upgrade the device to either EV-DO or Windows Mobile 5, despite being able to technically deliver both additions.

    Sprint has also had difficulty with the ability to deliver a PDA portal for Windows Mobile devices. Palm worked with Sprint to deliver the standard Vision portal on the Palm OS Treo line. Windows Mobile has had severe difficulty with integration. This is due to the lack of specific device profile standards, as well as the design of Windows Mobile's proxy stack.

    By not being able to be integrated into the Vision Portal, Sprint has been forced to outsource all premium content to third-party providers, and has seen a complete lack of interest from GPS and other 3G technology content creators.

    Catching Back Up

    We can confirm that Sprint will pick up two devices previously exclusive to Verizon, the Treo 700w and Samsung i830. The Treo 700w will be released immediately upon the end of Verizon's exclusivity agreement at the end of June. The Samsung i830 is expected internally at Sprint to ship before that.

    The Treo 700w will be identical to Verizon's version of the device, and the i830 will ship with Windows Mobile 5. The i830 is a non-camera PDA/Phone with GSM international roaming support. It will replace the PPC-6601 in Sprint's lineup.



    Sprint will also partner with MobiTV to deliver live television, immediately upon the release of Windows Mobile clients for the MobiTV's service. The partnership will be similar to Audible and Handango's existing agreements, relying on their own billing systems external to Sprint's.



    Progress is also being made on portal integration. Savvy users have found sporadic access on existing Windows Mobile devices when forcing Sprint's proxy server for standard Vision devices, indicating Sprint is preparing to deliver the portal on future devices as part of the IOTA provisioning sequence. In addition, Sprint is aptly aware of the timeliness of software updates. Sprint is still the only provider to have approved and released an AKU2 update for the PPC-6700 or its GSM/EDGE counterpart after the release of the device.

    Getting Ahead

    Sprint will also target exclusive devices to begin to attract customers from other carriers. We can confirm Sprint intends is looking into two competitors to the Q being developed by Samsung and Pantech. Pantech has had difficulty integrating EV-DO, and Sprint has shown a lack of interest in Pantech's current non-EV smartphones.

    The most likely candidate reported from sources inside the wireless carrier is a CDMA version of the Samsung i770, a flip-phone that runs Windows Mobile Phone Edition, though provides a flip-phone look and QWERTY keyboard similar to the BlackBerry 7100 series. However, while it is not clear that this particular device will launch on Sprint, there are several full-keyboard Windows Mobile devices that Sprint is considering that have not been previously announced.



    Sprint is also working on making Windows Mobile a more traditional device. We can confirm Sprint has development partners for both SIP stack and H.264B systems. This will enable Sprint to offer ReadyLink PTT and Sprint TV on any Windows Mobile device with portal integration.
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    No changes from the Verizon 700W? I am strongly considering passing on that and waiting for a future WM Treo phone.
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    This is the best news I've heard in a long time. 700P isn't a spectacular enough upgrade over my 650, and the 700w sounds like it's a bit crippled by too little memory. I've made the decision to jump to the dark side since I don't expect anything from Palm for another year at least, and sounds like Sprint will eventually make that possible.
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    that's what I heard from 2 separate sprint reps in SF area. Anyone heard anything otherwise?

    i may have to go over to the dark side
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    June is over and still no 700W. I heard that the 700w is too buggy and Sprint will wait until the bugs are fixed.

    Sprint 700W expected sometime later in the year.
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    I recently heard from a Sprint source that the 700W will be released for Sprint in Q4 2006.
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    Sprint gave us the A900 to complete with the Razr. Samsung is getting ready to compete with the Q being the i320 according to this link.
    http://forevergeek.com/gadgets/samsu...a_q_killer.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by KStewart
    Sprint gave us the A900 to complete with the Razr. Samsung is getting ready to compete with the Q being the i320 according to this link.
    http://forevergeek.com/gadgets/samsu...a_q_killer.php
    Interesting info KStewart! Thanks.
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    As many already know...Samsung may be a copy cat, but the A900 turned out to be a better device than the Razr in certain areas. Samsung sits back and then does it over again, but better in areas the latter device didn't. Kind of like Lexus compared to Mercedes...Lexus copies and makes it better...lol. The only thing that puts Mercedes on the map over Lexus is that the Eurocentric yuppie will always get the Mercedes due to its badge of approval image or status...even though the Lexus is actually built better. BMW and Audi are the pride of German engineering, not Mercedes. All in all...hopefully this will be better than the Q, and Sprint will release it.
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    700W to arrive on 8/31/06 for Sprint
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    Quote Originally Posted by aenigma View Post
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The most likely candidate reported from sources inside the wireless carrier is a CDMA version of the Samsung i770,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Owwww thank friggen GOD!,,,,,,,, WHEN,,,,WHEn......WHEN????
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    In the meantime, the 700p is here now and running with the ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
    In the meantime, the 700p is here now and running with the ball.
    Yea but the ball gets dropped a few times. Also the 700p cannot seem to dripple quick enough nor shoot the jump shot like a WM5 device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
    In the meantime, the 700p is here now and running with the ball.
    The 700p is awesome! I loved it for the whole month I had it And heck, retentions gave me $200.00 just for trying it out Choosing between the 700p and my PPC 6700 was a hard decision.

    Its shocking that a clamshell pda phone has not been available in the states since the i500 and 7135 since clamshells outsell candy bars and sliders.

    The i505 and i550 never surfaced but fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed that the 3rd times the charm.... All hail the i770!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notjpr View Post
    The 700p is awesome! I loved it for the whole month I had it And heck, retentions gave me $200.00 just for trying it out Choosing between the 700p and my PPC 6700 was a hard decision.

    Its shocking that a clamshell pda phone has not been available in the states since the i500 and 7135 since clamshells outsell candy bars and sliders.

    The i505 and i550 never surfaced but fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed that the 3rd times the charm.... All hail the i770!!!
    You, me my wife and my next door neighbor will rush to the store the moment they are released. Till then thank god for Ebay and its seeming endless supply of i500's.
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    My contact at Sprint told me about the i320 last Feb and I posted it here. He was anticipating it to be available in Q2 or Q3 at the latest. It has obviously been delayed, along with the i830 that was suppose to already be out by now.
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    I guess Sprint's 700W isn't identical to Verizon's: it's got twice the memory.

    http://www.slashgear.com/sprint-is-q...ore-231112.php
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    Sprint's is the 700wx. It's a newer model.

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