On the same day that Palm introduced its new Tungsten line, PDA maker Handspring Inc. today announced lower prices on its Treo 180 and 180g communicators. The Treo 180 is now available for US$249 with the purchase of a service contract from wireless service providers T-Mobile or Cingular. When the Treo 180 was first unveiled earlier this year, it cost $399.
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Like Palm’s forthcoming Tungsten W model, the Treo 180 combines GSM mobile phone, PDA features, wireless e-mail, Internet access and text messaging together in one unit. It features a greyscale screen, and comes with a built in QWERTY thumb keyboard (the 180g substitutes the keyboard with the Graffiti handwriting recognition area present on most Palm PDAs).
The Treo 180 also sports features like call log, three way calling, caller ID and speakerphone. It uses 16MB of memory and sports a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The Treo 180 also ships with a travel charger with HotSync data exchange cable, and a headset for hands-free use. It’s available “unsubsidized” for US$449 without service activation, down $100 from its original price.