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Sprint PCS Gets Smart(phone)

Kyocera Wireless’ hit smartphone will become available to Sprint PCS customers later this week.

Kyocera’s QCP 6035 – a combination personal digital assistant and smartphone that runs on the Palm operating system and sold out in the Bay Area a couple weeks ago, is hitting Sprint PCS stores and its website later this week.

Sprint PCS joints Verizon Wireless as the only carriers to offer service for the phone, which costs $500. Although the company apparently can’t keep up with the demand for the phone, it vehemently denies there is a shortage of them.

Sprint PCS officials did not comment on the number of phones it will have available for immediate sale.

The phone has received rave reviews by the few folks who have managed to snag one.

“It is a great phone,” said Liz Weber, an independent public relations representative.

“I find having all your contacts right there and you just have to click and dial that person – that’s very beneficial to me,” Weber said.

Weber replaced her former cell phone and Palm V with the QCP 6035. She makes most of her phone calls, keeps her shopping list, exchanges e-mail messages and even sends black-and-white photographs to her friends on the phone.

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