Handspring Lowers Prices on the Treo 180

Handspring has announced a $100 price drop on its grayscale Handspring Treo 180 and 180g communicators.. While supplies last, customers can purchase a Treo 180 for $249 when they sign up for a service contract from T-Mobile or Cingular. In related news, Amazon is currently running a $250 promotion on the color Treo 300 with a contract from Sprint.

"The Treo 180 now provides the same great experience at an incredible new price point," said Joe Sipher, vice president of worldwide marketing for Handspring. "The Treo 180 is a great value for the customer who wants a compact, integrated wireless voice and data device with a crisp monochrome screen."

Treo 180 is a compact communicator that combines a GSM mobile phone, a Palm OS organizer, wireless email, Internet access and text messaging all in one device. Treo’s large touch screen sets the product apart from other high-end mobile phones. The display offers better clarity and readability of text and graphics, ideal for Web browsing, viewing photos and playing games. The 180 comes with a built-in QWERTY keyboard that enables people to use the device with one hand while also providing faster and more familiar data entry and navigation. The 180g has a Graffiti writing area that appeals to loyal Palm OS customers.

Features include Instant Lookup of phone numbers and contacts, 50 speed dials, a traditional dial pad on the keyboard, call log, easy three-way calling, caller ID and speakerphone. It is a dual-band GSM world phone that can roam internationally. Treo has 16MB of memory and also includes Handspring’s Blazer Web browser, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a travel charger with HotSync cable, and a headset for hands-free phone use.

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And Moore's law rolls on...

I.M Anonymous @ 10/26/2002 3:08:18 PM #
This was to be expected.

RE: And Moore's law rolls on...
LazyT @ 10/26/2002 4:09:34 PM #
i thought that i.m.a. cant replay anymore!!!!

RE: And Moore's law rolls on...
kempokaraterulz @ 10/26/2002 4:52:49 PM #
Someone made a screen that said that

My door is always open, so feel free to leave.
RE: And Moore's law rolls on...
M3wThr33 @ 10/26/2002 4:54:51 PM #
Whoop-dee-doo. Everything always gets price drops. Don't comment on how bad the device is. No one is forcing you to buy it. Thank you.

I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. We're in space.

New models?

danger @ 10/27/2002 1:58:10 AM #
Hmmmm... No one posted on speculation of new models which is the norm for price drops. So here goes :)

It would be nice to see HS come out with the fist OS5 smartphone wouldn't it?

Will Lau

One of these years...

ganoe @ 10/27/2002 9:59:26 AM #
these devices might actually be competitively priced with your typical mobile phone. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like it'll be any day soon.
RE: One of these years...
distrachi @ 10/27/2002 2:33:08 PM #
Why should it be competitively prices with typical cell phones? It's not a typical cell phone. I don't think it's competing for the type of people looking for a typical cell phone. To them it's just a huge funky looking phone.

When the average cell phone does everything a Treo can do then Handspring should price it accordingly.

RE: One of these years...
ganoe @ 10/27/2002 4:35:28 PM #
You do understand that as far as hardware goes, these devices are all practically the same, don't you? You're just paying $150 for the privilege of running the Palm OS on it. Another way of looking at it is that you're paying a $150 premium because they're afraid you might just buy it to use as a Palm OS device and not get a service plan.

There are plenty of $100 phones that could do what the Treo 180 does. They just don't have 10,000 software apps developed for them.

RE: One of these years...
Token User @ 10/27/2002 5:01:19 PM #
There are plenty of $100 phones that could do what the Treo 180 does. They just don't have 10,000 software apps developed for them.

Does this then imply that there are 10,000 things that a $100 phone can't do that the Treo range can?

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

RE: One of these years...
Lobotome @ 10/27/2002 6:34:06 PM #
Whatever the price (which is now doubtlessly nicer), I cannot picture myself holding one of these things up to my ear. Lets's face it, with the lid open it looks *embarrasingly* large!

Something so uncool would draw sorrowful glances and muffled giggles from everybody around in the bus or train.I don't think my ego could take that now that even pre-teens carry tiny cellphones in their schoolbags and spend more time chatting over SMS than they do on the phone.

Amazon rebates limited to new accounts

bcombee @ 10/27/2002 7:22:32 PM #
I just did some research on the Amazon rebates, as this looked really good, and I am already a Sprint PCS user.

The $200 rebate from Amazon is only valid if you are adding new service -- either you aren't a Sprint PCS customer, or you are adding a new line to your account. So, people who already have a Sprint PCS phone and want to keep their number are ineligible. The $50 rebate from Sprint may be the same way -- the terms on that offer are a bit harder to understand.

If you are a current Sprint PCS subscriber, one of the best offers right now is the 25% off sale at Best Buy that runs through Saturday. This will get you a Treo 300 for $375 plus tax, and you'll have the phone immediately. You'll still need to switch your account to the new phone.

Ben Combee, CodeWarrior for Palm OS technical lead
Programming help at www.palmoswerks.com


donpdonp @ 10/27/2002 10:24:26 PM #
No GPRS service means this palm is an island. No way am I going to pay for a separate DIAL_UP account and wait to DIAL AND HANDSHAKE everytime i want to use the net. I have heard GPRS is coming to the Treo in the US, but it hasnt happened yet. I think handspring hasnt sold a single treo 180 since the sidekick came out, and now they're trying to solve the problem by reducing the price so that its just slightly more than a sidekick (which has GPRS) rather than ridiculously more than a sidekick.

gadgetguy @ 10/28/2002 6:37:07 PM #
Do you know if the Kyocera 7135 GPRS based?


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