LifeDrive No Longer Shipping to EU Market
According to a report on Brighthand, Palm has ended shipments of the the LifeDrive Mobile Manager to Europe. Due to the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) law, Palm's ceased exports of their LifeDrive, alongside the Treo 650, to Europe as of July 1st.
The European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) law prohibits the use of lead and five other toxic substances in electronics equipment took effect on July 1st. The Treo 650 smartphone was also affected by the EU requirement.
A new LifeDrive has been rumored since the launch of the current model in May 2005. Early rumors had pegged the new LifeDrive as simpply having an 6gb MicroDrive vs. the current model's 4gb drive. It is currently unclear if Palm plans to continue the product line or simply dissolve it after a single model. Given the discontinuation of the Treo 650 and the repackaging of the Tungsten E2, Palm likely has some stragegy in the works for the LifeDrive as it is the company's final product still bearing the old PalmOne logo and packaging.