Sprint Treo Pro Nearly Confirmed
Rumor: Bit by bit, additional details continue to emerge that confirm the existence of an upcoming CDMA version of Palm's Treo Pro. In fact, its release appears to be imminent based on the latest bit of leaked news. Engadget Mobile has obtained what appears to be a legitimate Sprint memo indicating that the Treo Pro is indeed set to arrive in January.
The document goes on to report that the Treo 800w will indeed reach end-of-life status in favor of the sleeker, more media-savvy Pro. With a short, unspectacular lifespan of barely six months on the market, the much-maligned 800w gains the dubious distinction of being one of Palm's shortest-lived smartphones.
Having been rumored for several months now, the HTC-sourced CDMA version of the Treo Pro is expected to be available from all Sprint channels on January 25th 2009, with a 2yr contract subsidized price estimated to be in the $249.99 neighborhood. The leaked memo shows a $549 full retail price. Assuming AT&T does not pull any wild surprises in the next 45 days, Sprint's offering will be the first carrier-supported, subsidized version of the Treo Pro available in the United States.
Previously, our most recent sighting of the CDMA Treo Pro was a series of entries mentioning a "Treo 850e" running Windows Mobile 6.1 on the Sprint EVDO network. The device's specs listed in the Sprint memo appear completely unchanged from the GSM version, which you can read Ryan's review of here.
The news of the Treo 800w's demise is not all too surprising, given the fact that Verizon apparently choice to pass on the device and a few recent holiday shopping trips to some local Best Buy locations revealed no more 800w demo units in the stores' wireless departments.
As usual, the Verizon Wireless faithful must be content with the Palm OS-based Centro or the ancient Treo 700wx for their Palm fix. In fact, the 800w's entire lifespan has come and gone with no new Palm-branded handsets for Verizon reported to be on the horizon.