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Celebrating more than 1 million Treo 600 smartphones sold worldwide, palmOne, today is giving away a Treo smartphone every 5 minutes for 12 hours, from 9 a.m. PDT until 9 p.m. PDT.
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Why US only?

Ce @ 4/19/2005 2:05:30 PM # Q
PalmOne sold these units all over the world.....one Million...and a a thank you to their customers only US citizens may participate in this giveaway. PalmOne....thank you!!!!

RE: Why US only?
rasty @ 4/19/2005 2:27:03 PM # Q
Ditto... :(

RE: Why US only?
Georg @ 4/19/2005 2:30:25 PM # Q
One more reason tnot to go with PalmOne anymore!!!

looking for a industrial stile PalmOS divice
RE: Why US only?
AdamaDBrown @ 4/19/2005 3:09:58 PM # Q
It's probably too much trouble to check the laws pertaining to giveaways in dozens and dozens of countries.

RE: Why US only?
LiveFaith @ 4/19/2005 3:22:05 PM # Q
// One more reason tnot to go with PalmOne anymore!!! //

Geeesh! Yep, that'll make me write em' off ... "I didn't get a 1:1,000 chance of a FREE device". People hammer you for everything, so you celebrate by giving the $600 things away and people still complain. Phenominal mindsets I must say.

Actually, they are just clearing out reserves for the Treo 670 with WM2005! :-o

Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com

RE: Why US only?
Frenchie @ 4/19/2005 5:02:58 PM # Q
Wait a sec, this looks way too odd.


"50% off of a new Treo Purchase"


Is P1 trying to get rid of the Treo 650s for the Win Mob version of the Treo 670?

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p

RE: Why US only?
AdamaDBrown @ 4/19/2005 5:13:28 PM # Q
50% off Treo *products*. In other words, 50% off sync/charge cables, 5% off a new Treo 650.

RE: Why US only?
rasty @ 4/19/2005 5:30:57 PM # Q
quote: "Geeesh! Yep, that'll make me write em' off ... "I didn't get a 1:1,000 chance of a FREE device". People hammer you for everything, so you celebrate by giving the $600 things away and people still complain. Phenominal mindsets I must say."

I'm not saying they're not doing a good thing, but honestly, not being a US resident, I do feel a bit sad about not being able to enter the contest. You know, everyone should be allowed to dream...

RE: Why US only?
Token User @ 4/19/2005 5:33:01 PM # Q
Why not the US only? Nokia do a cool "world challenge" that seems to end at the EU borders ... :)

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~
RE: Why US only?
justauser @ 4/19/2005 6:38:23 PM # Q
... and Australia wants to take a stab at that 'WORLD' series baseball that the US keeps playing with itself - we beat them in the Olympics ;) And while we're at it we could have a crack at the Superbowl (another global/'US only' event) - we don't have a chance at that but I'm sure we can manage wardrobe malfunctions.

RE: Why US only?
Token User @ 4/19/2005 7:33:15 PM # Q
As an Aussie living in the USA - Americans can keep their notion of superiority. When was the last time a non-US team won the world series? Does having Canadian teams in the competition count?? An Australian team would tank in the professional league baseball over here - beer is our performance enhancing drug of choice (and it doesn't do a very good job of it).

I guess Austrlia includes Kiwi teams in the NRL, and World Series Cricket is just that - teams from all over the world. Hmmm. Hands up the Americans that know that the US has a Rugby team that competes in the Rugby Sevens tournament? If the team is not #1, they just don't want to know about it.

Don't worry about the Treo giveaway. The Aussie model has the pixels reversed anyway.


~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

RE: Why US only?
Gekko @ 4/19/2005 7:52:44 PM # Q

The rest of the world lives off of the goodwill of the American people.



RE: Why US only?
AdamaDBrown @ 4/19/2005 8:39:59 PM # Q
The last non-US team to win the World Series was the Toronto Blue Jays, who won back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993.

Gekko, please be silent, lest you do further damage to the already mangled reputations of the 67% percent of Americans that feel we've squandered our respect around the world.

RE: Why US only?
Gekko @ 4/19/2005 8:52:25 PM # Q

I'm with the WINNING 51%.

2004 U.S. Presidential Election Results

Republican
Bush
51%

Democratic
Kerry
48%



RE: Why US only?
Altema @ 4/19/2005 9:20:14 PM # Q
"It's probably too much trouble to check the laws pertaining to giveaways in dozens and dozens of countries."

Logical assumption. It would have been nice to offer it everywhere that it's sold, but they would have to go through 6 months of red tape to determine which countries they could invite to participate. There's no way they could do every country no matter how hard they tried, so they probably took the easy route and said US only since that is where they are based. The Treo is not actually manufactured in the US though, is it?

RE: Why US only?
ChiA @ 4/19/2005 9:47:10 PM # Q
> > The rest of the world lives off of the goodwill of the American people < <

and America lives off the rest of the worlds' oil

RE: Why US only?
Foo Fighter @ 4/19/2005 10:50:28 PM # Q
>> "and America lives off the rest of the worlds' oil"

So does the rest of the worlds.

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RE: Why US only?
Token User @ 4/20/2005 12:29:21 AM # Q
I'm with the WINNING 51%.
2004 U.S. Presidential Election Results
Republican Bush 51%
Democratic Kerry 48%

Hey, I'm impressed. National voter turnout 58-60% (why no accurate numbers?) ... so taking the BEST number of 60%, means that Bush was elected by a resoundng 30.6% of the population, compared to Kerry's 28.8%. Which means that APATHY WON BY A LANSLIDE OF 40% (woo hoo ...). Thank God for Demoncracy and the shining example the US gives the rest of us unwashed masses.

Back to the Treo Giveaway ... its over. Time for bed.


~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

RE: Why US only?
ChiA @ 4/20/2005 4:22:10 AM # Q
Foo Fighter, (I hope) you've spotted my typo with the apostrophe but my purpose was to highlight to some that the USA isn't as independent from the rest of the world as they'd like to think. Yes, it's the wealthiest, most powerful nation on Earth but like EVERY nation in the modern world we all depend on each other - oil, trade etc.

Relating all of this back to the Treo promotion, it is disappointment that the promotion is US only but no doubt PalmOne has different priorities in different countries, regions etc. It's true that we live in a global economy but a global company needs to take account regional variations if it's to be a success.

I'm sure PalmOne will do promotions where and when the conditions are appropriate.

RE: Why US only?
LiveFaith @ 4/20/2005 10:08:13 AM # Q
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That's a classic. But I still wonder if the square screen works in landscape?

Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com

RE: Why US only?
AdamaDBrown @ 4/20/2005 11:57:47 AM # Q
Altema, correct, the Treos aren't manufactured in the U.S.. The 650 is made in China at a facility owned by Taiwanese company HTC, and the 600 is, if I recall correctly, also made in China by a Korean company.

RE: Why US only?
RhinoSteve @ 4/21/2005 12:52:04 AM # Q
Why US only? The rest of the world pays too much in taxes to afford this.
RE: Why US only?
ChiA @ 4/21/2005 8:50:30 AM # Q
> > Why US only? The rest of the world pays too much in taxes to afford this. < <

...then explain to us all here why the competition doesn't run in Andorra and Monaco, where they pay no income tax at all?

Which, RhinoSteve, means they pay less tax than you do in the US.

Oh and RhinoSteve, I'll leave you with some homework:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_rates_around_the_world

RE: Why US only?
RhinoSteve @ 4/21/2005 3:31:09 PM # Q
Try renting a place there.
RE: Why US only?
ChiA @ 4/21/2005 4:03:11 PM # Q
> > Try renting a place there. < <

RhinoSteve, you'd be able to if you didn't have to pay all those taxes in the USA!

RE: Why US only?
RhinoSteve @ 4/21/2005 8:21:33 PM # Q
Nope, I been there.

... and now it comes to who gets in the last word. That is fine, you can have it and try to be right on this one.

I have been to the wilds and know the myths from the truth. How about you? My guess you are still in school writing shareware.

RE: Why US only?
ChiA @ 4/22/2005 4:18:30 PM # Q
Oh grow up RhinoSteve; maybe you're the one who's still in school writing shareware. You post a flippant remark, which had nothing to do with the topic and when someone gives you a taste of your own medicine you start throwing around the insults.

Just for the record, you've got it wrong - AGAIN!

We'll leave it at that as I'm sure everyone's bored of us by now. Let's all stick to the facts and stick to the PalmOS as best as we can.

RE: Why US only?
Token User @ 4/25/2005 11:31:52 PM # Q
So, how many Americans can sing the Canadian national anthem in accented French?

As Eddie Izzard said, singing the US anthem is all about affirmation and denial ... if you can be positive you are right, then deny anything is wrong, you can pretty much sing any words and make it sound convincing.

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

RE: Why US only?
Gekko @ 4/25/2005 11:51:22 PM # Q

Token - once AGAIN, you miss THE POINT.

If you know you're going to sing a song in front of a bunch of people, MAKE SURE YOU LEARN/KNOW THE WORDS. If not, sit down and shut the **** up.


RE: Why US only?
Token User @ 4/26/2005 7:43:35 AM # Q
Actually, I get the point perfectly well, and there are a number of famous cases of US performedrs completely screwing up the national anthem in front of live audiences (how many Superbowls?).

Gekko - I think once again YOU have missed the point. WTF has this got to do with a Treo giveaway? How many of your posts are even remotely on topic??

Ah - this story mentioned Canada, and there were people moaning that this giveaway was US only ... OK. Tenuous link at best.

Back to the topic - did ANYONE win anything or receive a discount message int heir email?

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

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Decided not to enter - lol!

SeldomVisitor @ 4/19/2005 8:53:00 PM # Q
I started going through the motions of entering figuring "Hey! Free TREO! Why not!?" then stopped, asked myself what the heck I'd DO with a TREO, and cancelled out.

Giggle.

No kidding at all.

It would just join my Palm Pilot in the basement on the shelf.

RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
Gekko @ 4/19/2005 8:56:24 PM # Q

ebay, hillbilly

RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
Altema @ 4/19/2005 9:29:37 PM # Q
I don't need a Treo either (already have a great phone and good Palm), but I certainly would not turn my back on a free one. Like Gekko said (minus the insult) there's always eBay.

RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
SeldomVisitor @ 4/20/2005 6:42:17 AM # Q
I considered that, of course, but then thought "ya know, my time is more valuable than money". It would take probably hours of time overall to get and sell a "free" TREO 600 (how much do they cost now, anyway...$79?).

RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
Sleuth255 @ 4/20/2005 10:48:32 AM # Q
I entered early and often even though I'm currently quite happy with my T3. Why? Two words:

Blackberry Connect.

RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
hkklife @ 4/20/2005 11:16:34 AM # Q
I tried for a few minutes to click around on their inane "hotspot" contest locations (subway, taxi, restaurant etc) and gave up in frustration. Typical style over substance and making something on the web needlessly tedious.

Besides, if I went back to 320*320, I'd have to resize all of my 320*480 jpegs that I use for slideshows on my T3. Not worth the headaches and I never win anything anyway ;-)


RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
UZI4U182 @ 4/20/2005 9:46:53 PM # Q
I can't even find where to register TO win!

UZI4U182@suscom.net
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RE: Decided not to enter - lol!
RhinoSteve @ 4/21/2005 12:52:48 AM # Q
Ebay freaking rocks!
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Coupon?

jstevenson @ 4/24/2005 3:27:23 PM # Q
Did anyone get their coupon code? I went through the whole thing and registered under each of the sections and didn't even get my coupon code. Hey, maybe that means I won one of the full units ;-)



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The_Voice_of_Reason @ 4/24/2005 6:23:36 PM # Q
You will be receiving plenty of offer for v!agra and Xanaxx pretty soon though. Welcome to SPAM Hell. Population: You.




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RE: Coupon?
jstevenson @ 4/26/2005 7:11:33 PM # Q
Thanks for the useful answer to my serious question.


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