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Sprint Treo 650 Now Available for Pre-Order

The palmOne Treo 650 smartphone is now available for pre-order from the palmOne store. Prices range from $449 with a new service plan to $599 with an existing one, all orders from the palmOne store come with free shipping.

The palmOne Treo 650 smartphone is a truly life-simplifying mobile device for business users, enabling them to keep informed and in touch with access to business and personal email and text messaging, office documents, Web browsing, calendar, contacts and tasks.

The Sprint Treo 650 can be pre-ordered directly from palmOne here. Prices start at $449 USD after a new service rebate credit, agreeing to a one year service contract will qualify for a $100 credit rebate. The CDMA version can also be purchased without a new plan for $599. This offer requires purchase and activation before 1/15/05.

Operating on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the Treo 650 has 23 MB of user-available memory and is powered by the Palm OS 5.4 and an Intel PXA270 312 MHz processor. Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology provides the ability to wirelessly synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled desktop or laptop computers and easily connect with Bluetooth headsets and car kits (sold separately). It has dimensions of 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches (11.3 x 5.9 x 2.3 cm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).

The palmOne Treo 650 by palmOne’s candy-bar design has been refined with an improved backlit QWERTY keyboard with larger, flatter keys; strategic button placement for easier one-handed access; and a sharper, high-resolution color display for improved visibility in sunlight. Other user-friendly features include increased battery life (up to five hours of continuous digital talk time and over two weeks of digital standby time), a removable battery, built-in speakerphone and a non-volatile memory system that preserves data for a limited amount of time if the battery is removed or the device is drained of power.

The Treo 650 also includes a 1900 mAH Li-ion rechargeable battery that can be removed by the user. Additional replacement batteries will be sold by for $59.99 USD each. The CDMA Treo 650's phone life is rated at 5 hours of talk and 300 hours on standby. The 650 includes the new Multi-Connector for recharging and hotsyncing the Treo via a cable. Sprint business customers will also have the option to purchase a non-camera version of the device later this year.

Availability from other carriers is expected to begin later this year in the United States, with a worldwide rollout to follow in 2005. Each carrier will make its own announcement on the release timing and price options.

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ordered mine...

MattTarr @ 11/8/2004 4:48:56 PM #
Now that they have my credit card info, I'll be the last on the list... Oh well... It's all about the screen for me. I read 4 to 8 novels a month on my Treo600. I think my eyes are worth the $600. Besides when my wife inherits the 600 she may actually check her email once in a while.



RE: ordered mine...
ScottGG @ 11/10/2004 8:28:38 PM #
I Just Got Ship Notice on Treo 650 from PalmOne store, I think this is a mistake because I just placed the order yesterday. Anyone else get this notice?

Please Pinch Me!!!

Scott


The Treo 650 is a brilliant design

The_Voice_of_Reason @ 11/8/2004 6:00:24 PM #
This phone deserves to do well. And it might just save Palm provided the phones are built better than the Treo 600 was. I've heard Palm is using a better manufacturer this time, so it appears they've learned their lesson.

I hope the next revision will:

- have 128 MB of real RAM (no more NAND Flash, please!)
- ditch the stupid external antenna (my T608 gives better reception than any phone I've ever used and doesn't have an external antenna. This is 2004, guys - we don't need no stinkin' external antennas!)
- use a landscape screen like the Sony Ericsson P910
- be a little smaler + lighter

Other than that, Palm appears to have created the perfect smartphone design. Well done!



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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.

RE: The Treo 650 is a brilliant design
Hal2000 @ 11/8/2004 8:24:38 PM #
Reason: Antenna's that stick out work *measurably* better.

Zodiac2/T616
2.128 gigs under the hood.
RE: The Treo 650 is a brilliant design
Patrick @ 11/8/2004 8:58:24 PM #
But why can't the antenna be collapsible? That way you can extend it when needed.

RE: The Treo 650 is a brilliant design
ardiri @ 11/10/2004 7:08:03 AM #
    This phone deserves to do well. And it might just save Palm provided the phones are built better than the Treo 600 was. I've heard Palm is using a better manufacturer this time, so it appears they've learned their lesson.

the Treo 650 is much better designed than the Treo 600.

as a user of a Treo 600 for well over 18 months; everything i found complaints about with the 600 have been remedied with the Treo 650. it now has BT (everyone wants that), the 320x320 high res screen (makes a big difference when surfing) and the new camera simply outdoes *many* camera phones on the market. coupled with the new email reader; supporting POP, IMAP and microsoft exchange - it'll suit many people's needs.

its even better to have one in your hand - and, to carry it around daily and compare it against the Treo 600. i have many friends who use the SE-P900/910 and they are even considering the Treo 650 after seeing it "in action". unfortunately, it wont be available in europe for quite some time; and, the price point is definately going to be up there against the SE-P900/910. competition will be good.

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PalmOS Certified Developer
aaron_ardiri@mobilewizardry.com
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Quad-band world phone

Amanco @ 11/8/2004 6:31:31 PM #
if i pre-order the $599 one, will this come as GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone? because i am not in the usa and would like to pre-order the phone now (i got a postal adress in USA though). or shall i wait for others? your advice please.

Amanco

Humm
BradNike @ 11/8/2004 10:24:42 PM #
I was wondering about the battery life of this product. Is the Bluetooth technology going to affect this?

RE: Quad-band world phone
Felipe @ 11/9/2004 12:50:51 PM #
u cant pre-prder the gsm version from palmone.

rumor has it that it should be available in 4 weeks.



RE: Quad-band world phone
Bjorn @ 11/26/2004 1:08:18 PM #
what's your source for that rumor?

Thanks,

Bjorn

Preorder? Hahahahahahahaha!

SeldomVisitor @ 11/9/2004 5:45:55 AM #
I like that new marketing term "preorder" - it sounds so...so...so...official and proper!

Yet an order is an order is an order no matter what the Marketdroids think up (as they hop foot from foot giggling whenever they read their term "preorder" out in the world).

What's a "preorder" anyway?

Well...it's an order with delayed shipping. REALLY delayed shipping.

Oh.

"Preorder".

Lol!

Preown
StatCoder.com @ 11/9/2004 9:02:38 AM #
I'm the proud preowner of this new unit! I have to say, it will be more than I ever expect! I'm really pre-enjoying the functionality of this device.
RE: Preorder? No problem.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 11/11/2004 10:48:02 PM #
Stop your laughing, SeldomVisitor - the Treo 650 should easily be the smoothest rollout EVER for a Treo. (Yeah, I know that's not saying much...)

Seriously, I doubt Palm will run into more inventory problems this time around. They have a decent manufacturer, have had plenty of time to prepare for the launch and now know exactly what to expect. They also realize the Treo 650 could easily become their high profit smash hit, unseen since the Palm Vx, so they won't be screwing up on this one. I predict that by July, 2005 Palm will be making more profits from Treo sales than from sales of all of Palm's other models combined.

The Treo 650 is gonna be HUGE!





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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.

Just Got Ship Notice on Treo 650...

ScottGG @ 11/10/2004 8:25:29 PM #
I Just Got Ship Notice on Treo 650 from PalmOne store, I think this is a mistake because I just placed the order yesterday. Anyone else get this notice?

Please Pinch Me!!!

Scott

RE: Just Got Ship Notice on Treo 650...
rottie2005 @ 11/14/2004 10:57:11 AM #
I also ordered on the 9th about 5pm. I have not received a ship notice. Did you order a new plan? or just the phone? what time did you order.

RE: Just Got Ship Notice on Treo 650...
Tuckermaclain @ 12/6/2004 2:52:10 PM #
Has anybody actually received one yet? Would like to retire my z72.

TREO BETA VERSION

Tuckermaclain @ 12/15/2004 9:09:33 AM #
I got my Treo 650 and spent about 20 frustrating hours trying to get my software onto it w/o crashing. I threw in the towel after a hard reset to restart the process the umpteenth time, it crashed after I beamed an event from my Z72 datebook. From one proprietary app to another. Apparently PalmOne has some significant patch on this one (and the T5) that has some bugs in it. Pimlico software makes mention of it in their DB5 area, and has developed a special workaround for it until Palm fixes it. I am torqued. I am not a beta tester. This is Palm's biggest screw-up since the m505 preorder fiasco. After >10 Palm devices purchased at release I am fed up. Where is the new Sony device?

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