Palm Announces Expanded Treo Pro Availability

Palm Treo ProTreo Pro, is listed as now being available through tech product distributor giants D&H, Ingram Micro, and Tech Data according to the company's latest Channelsource newsletter. The Pro's SRP is still indicated as the launch price of $549, so the price drop some had speculated was imminent (myself included) is not happening for the foreseeable future.

Palm has also just announced that the Treo Pro is now available in Latin America from carriers in seven countries.

The Pro's Latin American current availability is as follows:

  • Argentina (Personal, Movistar, and Claro/America Movil)
  • Chile (Entel)
  • Costa Rica (ICE)
  • Guatemala (Claro and Tigo)
  • Mexico (Movistar and Telcel/America Movil)
  • Panama (Movistar)
  • Puerto Rico (Claro/America Movil)

In the US, the Treo Pro is currently available only as an unlocked handset, as the device remains a no-show in subsidized form on either AT&T or T-Mobile. A CDMA version for Sprint remains in rumorville.

The Treo Pro is Palm's new Quad-Band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900MHz) with Tri-Band 3G HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100MHz) support. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition on a 400 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201 processor with a 320x320 pixel flush touchscreen, 256MB memory (100MB user available), microSD expansion (up to 32GB supported), built in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication), Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and a 2.0 megapixel camera.

You can find our detailed Treo Pro review here and also watch our initial unboxing video.

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Do 'available' mean 'sold by' or 'sold via'?

SeldomVisitor @ 11/25/2008 10:37:08 AM # Q
I believe sometime in the not-that-distant past Palm said something was available for one of the carriers, but in reality the phone wasn't carried by the carrier but was simply sold via a redirected page from the carrier...T-Mobile seems to stick in my mind about this...

So are the Big Guys actually buying massive amounts of Treo Pros from Palm and reselling them or are they pulling a T-Mobile?

RE: Do 'available' mean 'sold by' or 'sold via'?
hkklife @ 11/25/2008 10:59:23 AM # Q
My guess? Someone (Best Buy, perhaps? Amazon?) is looking to make a splash with selling higher-end (and thus, higher margin) unlocked smartphones and needs all of the "exotic" handsets they can get. After all, the Pro DOES stack up quite well spec-wise with the other small-screened WM handsets on the market. .

Maybe Palm's going to announce a formal SRP drop soon and we'll be able to stroll into a BB soon and pick up an unlocked Treo Pro for $450ish and AT&T will then follow suit with a subsidized $200 Pro?

T-Mobile has not officially carried any Palm device since the Treo 600. They've been the only domestic carrier to pass on the 650 as well as the Centro (not to mention the GSM-exclusive 680).

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

RE: Do 'available' mean 'sold by' or 'sold via'?
SeldomVisitor @ 11/25/2008 11:18:19 AM # Q
Actually, I'm sure about the T-Mobile reference. They had a device, probably the 600 (or 650?), on their web page but when you clicked on something like "Ruy" ti redirected you to a Palm web page...that is, T-Mobile-the-company didn't actually have any of the devices suggesting they didn't actually buy any from Palm.
RE: Do 'available' mean 'sold by' or 'sold via'?
amflores @ 11/25/2008 2:41:04 PM # Q
Here in Costa Rica it might mean none, since the phone company (ICE) as far as I know doesnīt sell the phones, only provide the service. Nevertheless, this might mean that they have tested the phone and their service supports it. Since you can buy any unlocked gsm phone and use it here, I donīt exactly undertsand what it means.

Anyway, good to read about it here at PIC!

RE: Do 'available' mean 'sold by' or 'sold via'?
SeldomVisitor @ 11/26/2008 2:33:20 AM # Q
Thanks for the feedback - I tried to access a Mexican carrier to check things out there but didn't find the Treo Pro on their site yet (found the Centro at what appears to be an unlocked price).

[aside - some web sites take WAY too many clicks to drill down to where ya want to go...]

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