Treo GPRS Software Patch Available Now (Updated)
One of Handspring's international sites has posted the GPRS upgrade for the Treo 180 and 270 models. This will allow these models, which now use GSM networks, to also use faster GPRS networks.
GPRS is the next generation of GSM, offering 144 Kbps connections. One user of this update confirmed that GPRS connections stay active even when the device is turned off. In addition, the network connection stays active when the device ID off. This allows users to intermittently use their Treo without having to frequently go through the slow process of reconnecting to the network.
Update: In an official statement, Handspring says that this upgrade has been released only for Singapore and New Zealand and urges users in other countries to wait to upgrade their Treos until a version is released for their home country.
The full text of this statement reads:
The GPRS Upgrade is being made available to limited audiences in Singapore and New Zealand in conjunction with local mobile operators, in addition to our distributor GrandTech. Very soon we will launch a GPRS Upgrade for all of our customers worldwide and we suggest that you wait for this version if you do not live in the countries mentioned above. We cannot guarantee your experience nor will we support it if you choose to use a version of the upgrade that has not been released in your market with your mobile operator. If you decide to execute the download, please be aware that you will not be able to re-install the original ROM should you encounter difficulties with the software. Handspring will roll out GPRS to broader markets worldwide over the next several months and we urge you to wait until your mobile operator is supported before installing the GPRS Upgrade on your Treo Communicator.The software download is 6.56 MB. It supports English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It is for the Treo 180, 180g, and 270. The Treo 300 uses a completely incompatible network.
The GPRS patch has been in beta testing among Handspring employees for some time and was recently released to employees of Handspring's partner companies.
This patch has been eagerly awaited by Treo users, who want the faster connection speeds and always-on access. Handspring has been promising it would releases a GPRS update for the Treo models sometime this year since the first day they were announced.
Thanks to tomato75 for the tip. -Ed
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