Kiwi users first to see GPRS on Handsprings

New Zealand users of Handspring's Treo device will be among the first in the world to receive the software upgrade to GPRS, the new high-speed cellular network.

New Zealand users of Handspring's Treo device will be among the first in the world to receive the software upgrade to GPRS, the new high-speed cellular network.

Auckland-based Brightpoint will distribute the software upgrade via the Handspring website and it is free of charge to Treo users, says spokeswoman Joan Oxspring.

"We're about to release it to those customers who just cannot do without the upgrade in the next week and then in October we'll launch it to the whole market."

The upgrade is included in the cost of any Treo although the cost of the download itself will depend on which plan the user is on.

"It will take about 20 minutes to download," says Oxspring.

The download includes software for GPRS functionality but includes some other add-ons as well.

"You get extra stand-by time and a few other enhancements to text messaging and that sort of thing."

Brightpoint is Vodafone New Zealand's partner in distributing the Handspring product range in New Zealand.

Users outside New Zealand are being warned not to download the upgrade because it is specific to the region and may not work properly on their devices.

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