Rumor: Treo Pro Dissapearing from Sprint

Sprint Treo Pro Palm's most recent Windows Mobile-based product, the Treo Pro, has now reached its one-year anniversary with no word of a refresh or replacement on the horizon. The newer Sprint CDMA version of the Pro does differ slightly in hardware and software than its older GSM sibling and has only been officially available for less than six months. However, speculation is mounting that Palm's Windows Mobile flagship device may be entering the twilight of its lifecycle.

This growing sentiment is primarily due to Palm's aggressive push of WebOS and a lack of rumors or commentary about future Windows Mobile products. In addition, Palm's only other relatively recent WM 6-powered device, the Treo 800w, has already reached EOL status. Even more telling, a number of users on sites such as TreoCentral are reporting that Sprint Treo Pro stocks are becoming scarce on retail shelves.

Ever since January's Pre and WebOS unveiling at CES, unconfirmed rumors have swirled that Palm's Windows Mobile team has been reduced to nearly nothing, as the company prepares to jettison both WM and Palm OS Garnet in favor of an all-out WebOS push.

This TreoCentral forum thread contains several user reports of both Best Buy and Sprint corporate store locations having no stock of Sprint Treo Pros. I personally checked the situation at several local Best Buy store over the weekend and confirmed that only the "unofficial" AT&T Treo Pro was in-stock. Of course, Sprint's Pre remains on prominent display. The rather Palm-esque HTC Snap, a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard device, has seemingly replaced both the Centro and the Treo Pro in Sprint and Verizon's lineup, though the Pro remains available for purchase online and via telesales from Sprint.

Alltel's version of the Treo Pro remains quietly available at a reduced $99 price for new activations.

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No Palms on AT6&T?

vorlon @ 8/10/2009 6:08:15 PM # Q
Looks like AT&T (like Verizon) have abandoned Palm:
Are there any other operators in the US selling Palm other than Sprint? Or any in Canada?
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What a drag

mwrob @ 8/11/2009 5:16:24 AM # Q
That's unfortunate, I really like my Treo Pro and think it's much more powerful and functional than the Pre. I don't understand why it didn't sell better. Maybe the 800W left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
RE: What a drag
LiveFaith @ 8/11/2009 7:10:39 AM # Q
Yes, this was a pretty nice and attractive device, if you are into WM and SSS. It was the first glimmer of innovation from Palm since the Treo 600. I don't see how it is supposed to grow marketshare for Palm without a lot of push and mainly compared to the host of similar looking Blackberries and other WM devices out there.
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