Windows Mobile 6 Treo 750 Update Announced in Australia

Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6Palm has announced the upcoming availability of the Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition operating system update for Palm Treo 750 smartphone customers in Australia. Hutchison 3 customers in Australia can download the free update from mid-August from Palm’s Australian website. Other customers will be able to download the update from early September.

There is no word yet on an official release or availability for other International and US carriers.

"Building upon the successful launch of the Treo 750 in Australia earlier this year, Palm is pleased to introduce the new Windows Mobile 6 update to the Treo 750 smartphone," said Olivier Rozay, Palm’s country manager for Australia and New Zealand. "The hallmark Palm experience combined with the Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition on the award-winning Treo 750 delivers a compelling mobile experience to customers."

The Treo 750 is Palm’s flagship Windows Mobile and GSM-based Treo. The 750 and its forthcoming WM6 upgrade have been in the news for quite some time between semi-official announcements of the update in February and March and last week’s leaked ROM for the AT&T version of the 750.

Thanks to iStartedSomething for the tip.

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It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING

freakout @ 8/8/2007 7:06:43 PM # Q
Was blasted by not one, but two 'Treo' ring tones on the train this morning. The 750 really is taking off over here. Just goes to show what a little bit of marketing can do... and also that most owners probably don't know how to use it, even so far as altering the default ringtone...

Or maybe they like it. Personally, the Treo ringtone has always been a bit too sissy for my tastes.

RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
cervezas @ 8/8/2007 7:50:08 PM # Q
The 750 really is drop-dead gorgeous. I know we're not supposed to say that about Treos, and I'm spoiling my reputation as a Treo curmudgeon, but the blue/black soft-touch finish and the silver-and-black keys totally *make* the device from an aesthetic standpoint. I'm still attached to the old Sammy i500, but in the 750 Palm has finally created a Treo that surpasses it in look-and-feel, fit-and-finish.

I've been forcing myself to get used to Windows Mobile for the last few months, just so I can say I gave it its full due, and have come to accept it's utility. I like the Today screen. But I can't bring myself to love WinMo as a whole. Strangely, for all the complaints you read about Blazer on Palm OS, I greatly prefer it over IE on WinMo, which all too frequently lays out pages in ways that are completely unreadable. There are so many little touches in Palm OS that individually seem inconsequential, but make you scream a little when they're missing. Just take one application, Contacts, as an example: auto-complete of company names, NOT stupidly auto-completing data into an empty field just because I am navigating past it with the 5-way, having email/home/work/mobile phone numbers grouped together instead of being spread across two or three screen-scrolls, having a date-picker that, well, works for entering birthdays or appointments.

Unless WinMo 6 has some huge usability improvement, I'll go back to the Palm OS Treo 680 I'm sure--after I've performed adequate WinMo penance. But I'll definitely miss the eye-catching, great-feeling enclosure of the 750.

Oh, and please... "Slow Blues" is the only decent ringtone on the whole phone. The choices are better than the Nokias I've got in my desk drawer here, but that's really not saying much. And I refuse to pay for ringtones. Not even as penance.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing

RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
freakout @ 8/8/2007 11:32:44 PM # Q
^^ You're not the only one who refuses to pay. Especially when networks like to charge you more for a ringtone than they do for an actual song! I've had a review copy of GoTreo Software's Ringcare Desktop for the last month and it's quite a good little app for making tones out of your own music library. I now have The Darkness' hard-rockin' opening riff+guitar solo from 'Is It Just Me?' ( as mine. It's much better suited to my macho tough-guy image. ;)

Review will appear sometime in the next week or two, assuming I can find an hour or two to actually sit down and do it.

freakout @ 8/9/2007 1:28:07 AM # Q
(ack. that's Gx5's RingCare. GoTreo make VolumeCare...)
RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
justauser @ 8/9/2007 6:05:02 AM # Q
I'm amazed that anyone even pays for applications to convert MP3s to ringtones. Why wouldn't you just use minitones? . It's free and it seems to do a great job of converting an mp3 or wav AND (did I mention) it's free. Regardless, if such an app didn't exist, I'd settle for any ringtone that was free - Like I say I'm amazed anyone invests any money in any aspect of a phone's ringtone.

RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
freakout @ 8/9/2007 10:06:36 AM # Q
Minitones is good, but not the same as Ringcare. Whereas Minitones will just let you use mp3s on an SD card, Ringcare will convert+compress them to a different format and save them to internal memory.
RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
justauser @ 8/9/2007 8:36:48 PM # Q
Actually, minitones does copy the MP3 file to the internal memory. It doesn't seem to compress the file at all, but isn't that what an mp3 file is - compressed file? If you compress too much more the quality will be so bad you may as well sing the song in the voice recorder yourself! Besides, with a couple of clicks, minitones will trim the copied file down to a short ringtone-sized clip - save space and doesn't touch the original mp3 file.

But anyone with a pc and any sound software (like freeware Audacity) can compress any audio file to whatever quality the like - trim - mix it - add effects...

If all this is too hard, hold your 680 up to the TV when one of those annoying ring tone adds come on, record using the built in sound recorder and select 'copy to ringtone'.

If that is too hard, place the Treo into its original box and pull out your good ol' Nokia 3210 - my Dad will show you how to use that one!

RE: It's an epidemic! Dinga-dinga-dinga, DING-A-LING
freakout @ 8/9/2007 9:44:05 PM # Q
Well, the Treo speaker is not exactly a audiophile's dream, so the quality difference is not that noticeable. And all those freeware PC proggys are great for people like you and me - tech-savvy and enthusiast enough to post to a Palm fansite - but most people have trouble working out how to check their email, let alone edit/convert sound files. ;) Ringcare greatly simplifies the process.
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