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Typically, a commodity hardware product hits India only after it has seen its heyday in other markets, and is being phased out. Take a pointer from the fact that you could buy a T1 in India only after it had disappeared from American and European markets, the T2 became available only after the T3 appeared in the USA, and the T3 appeared after the T5 was released. The Treo 600 became available only after the 650 was released.
India has been the favourite dumping grounds for people with old stocks of hardware that have no market anymore in the USA and Europe. It's been the bane of our lives here for years. Do you know that LCD monitors are just becoming available here? They must have dumped the world's entire unwanted stock of CRTs here first! :)
LCD monitors. Wow, I remember those. Remember back before we all used 50" plasma monitors we had like those tiny 21" LCD things like they used to use in laptops?
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If that makes you an expert in technology, then I must be an expert on George W. Bush since I am from Texas and have previously worked in the politics.
As an Individual User if i had to use Airtel's BB service in India, I would not want to pay more than Rs 200 a month for Push Email. Anything more than that I would rather look for a cyber cafe, or get a series 60 smartphone and Airtel GPRS at Rs 150 pm, unlimited.
At a time when Airtel India is chargin Rs 150 pm, for unlimited GPRS access, Hutch is charging Rs 600 (let me know if its become lower now)! So i expect Treo 650 to be that much more expensive...At the moment it seems better to take an unlocked Treo 650 and use it on Airtel's GPRS network!
One other thing. Watching little Palm create all these worldwide carrier contracts is giving them a huge distribution footprint. This is of course good for selling Treo 650s, but also greases the rails for all the others coming down the tracks. I imagine this as another reason that investors keep pushing up the stock price on a company that still uses Pilot 1000 alarms on it's PDAs announced today ... Fall, 2005!Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com
The same problem exists in Canada. voice service is fairly affordable, but data service is priced so high few people use it and this discourages use. It is a $100 for 100 Mb for example, and then more expensive per MB if you get cheaper packages. I have a Treo 600 and only have 3Mb per month and dont use the GPRS because of the pricing.
still no news of Hutch Treo 650 on the Hutch Site or the papers...Wonder if they will use Blackberry Connect on the Treo...
Oh really? And there I thought Spain, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland were the dumping ground for old stuff, given that -- according to PIC's News Archive -- they all recently had introductions of the Treo 650 :)
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Looks like the matter has been solved. Dont know which duty structure they fall in however. Had also heard a year back that Reliance infocomm was testing the CDMA Treo 600.
favourite dumping grounds for people
with old stocks of hardware that have
no market anymore in the USA and
I think u ve not been out ur home
mate..I too live in India(New Delhi).
I've bought all of my gadgets in India
itself at almost same priceZire 71 @ 14000(in year 2003 at the
time it was launched)HP iPAQ 2215 @ 15000(its actual price
on the internet at that time was
around $380 !!)Now I am using XDA O2 mini which I
bought at Rs25000(ie <$600 which is
its official price)Most striking thing is that I bought
them within the month they were
Open your eyes mr, those days are over