Verizon Treo 700p Update Available In Some Locations
Over a year after the phone's launch, the long-awaited ROM Maintenance Release for the Verizon version of the Treo 700p is finally being rolled out to certain Verizon Wireless corporate stores. In an odd twist deviating from Palm's usual support practices, Verizon has sent the 700p 1.10 ROM out on SD cards to select corporate stores for Verizon service technician use only. At this point in time, no user-installable version of this update is available nor has a download been leaked.
Word first leaked out of this strange rollout of this update last week on this TreoCentral forums thread. Then, earlier this week, on July 4th, the editor of the Go Button blog posted his findings and a screenshot. The TreoCentral discussion continued on in this thread before finally being confirmed here. Based on the initial reports so far, the update process seems mostly successful and the majority of the 700p's bugs have been cured. No word as of yet if the Verizon-specific SMS lag bug has been resolved as well.
With the update's availability varying drastically from market to market, Palm's usual practice of posting a downloable updater to their support site has apparently taken a back seat to Verizon's intent to provide a controlled environment for loading the ROM update by a service technician.
Neither Palm nor Verizon have made any sort of official announcement about this and Palm's blog and 700p support pages make no mention of a Verizon ROM update aside from the last blog update we mentioned here.
The ROM update, version 1.10, appears to contain the same improvements and fixes found in the Sprint version of the update. No word if the Verizon version contains an updated Versamil 3.5.4 version (with integrated Microsoft Exchange AntiveSync support) in ROM like the Sprint release or if Verizon customers will have to continue using Versamail 3.5.1 in RAM.
The general concensus for Verizon 700p owners interested in obtaining the update is to call all local corporate stores and ask if the 700p's update is available. Hopefully, the coming week will bring increased availability and some sort of official announcement from Palm or Verizon.