Comments on: Sprint Officially Offers Camera-less Treo 600

Sprint today announced nationwide availability of a non-camera version of the Sprint PCS Vision Treo 600 by palmOne. Available today, only from Sprint, this non-camera version was designed to address corporate security concerns raised by camera phones and incorporates all the other same timesaving and user-friendly features as the original Treo 600.
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It IS official after all!

hkklife @ 6/8/2004 10:28:48 AM #
Here's a good thread going at TreoCentral with a few pictures of the actual camera housing, the box, and the phone screen in the Photos app. It's the same price as the camera version.

However, this looks like it was really a cheap change done on the fly, as there is an error message displayed by Photos and the new rear plastic housing looks kinda cheap. Not even as polished looking as the NR/NX60 Clies that didn't have a camera in the spot where the NR/NX70Vs did.

I'd anticipate the next Treo to be available from the get-go in both configurations and be a little more polished throughout. This is also the "C" revision of the Treo 600, which makes sense A=Handspring-branded 600s with good screen. B=PalmOne branded units w/ camera and bad screen C=Camera-less PalmOne models.

RE: It IS official after all!
hkklife @ 6/8/2004 10:33:01 AM #
Whoops, I forgot to mention that the 1.2 update is pre-loaded as well. This should help ease some support calls to PalmOne & Sprint support.

Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate markets.

dennya @ 6/8/2004 12:59:02 PM #
$599's a bit crazy for the equivalent of a $149 phone and a $149 Zire 31. Double the price for integration... If it had Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as well, maybe. But this doesn't really offer me anything over my Kyocera 7135 other than the faster CPU and a non-removable battery.

RE: Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate mark
feranick @ 6/8/2004 1:12:17 PM #
This phone should cost 200USD. It would be a killer.


RE: Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate mark
HandyMan @ 6/8/2004 1:35:57 PM #
They're not going to sell it at 200usd. They can't make enough to fill the demand as it is.

RE: Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate markets.
Token User @ 6/8/2004 3:51:54 PM #
Its all about supply and demand ... and the cost point the market will sustain.

$599 is expensive, unless you a user that has wanted a unified PDA/Cellphone running OS5 that didn't have a camera. Targetting corporate/government markets is a smart move ... consumers want everything they can get .

Now that you have the option of with or without a camera for the same price what would you choose? I have a Clie NX70V, and rarely use the crappy camera, BUT it is great to take a photo of a whiteboard during a meeting as a record.

Really sounds like a stop gap measure until the rumoured 610 (700?) type model arrives

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

RE: Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate markets.
Galley_SimRacer @ 6/9/2004 1:35:54 AM #
You can get these for $399 at Best Buy with a 2-year agreement.

"I'm not a cool person in real life, but I play one on the Internet".
RE: Ugh. Hate it when products are priced for corporate mark
elo @ 6/9/2004 1:50:30 PM #
And you are out $150 if you break the agreement. Thus, the contract deal is the way to go even if you don't want to be locked into a contract.

I agree that these phones are *way* overpriced, though. If I could get it at $199 with a contract, I'd be all over it.


What companies demand, manufacturers listen

vesther @ 6/11/2004 8:06:47 AM #
This is probably something good to hear--now if all major carriers--including Nextel and Verizon will implement the Camera-less version of the Treo 600.....

I hope palmOne obtains an iDEN license from Motorola soon--Nextel needs a Palm-Powered device sooner or later....

A Palm-Powered Handheld is the bread and butter for many people. Without a Palm-Powered Handheld, your progress is all for naught.



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