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Palm re-announces Treo Pro, sets launch

updated 09:50 am EDT, Wed August 20, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Official

Palm today corrected its premature launch yesterday with a more formal introduction of the Treo Pro, including its launch information. The Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone is the first major redesign of GSM-based Treos and sports a normal headphone jack, a Wi-Fi toggle button, and a hardware ringer switch like the iPhone. It also becomes the first Treo to support tri-band HSDPA for 3G access on AT&T and similar carriers and uses true GPS for navigation.

The Treo Pro's launch starts in September, when the phone will ship through both O2 and Vodafone in Europe as well as Telstra in Australia; pricing will vary by the carrier but offers the phone for free with high-end plans and peaks at 399 for basic plans. An American launch is due in the fall and will start out with an unlocked, carrier-independent version at $549 that can be used for 3G on AT&T as well as calls and 2G data for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Plans for a locked but discounted AT&T version haven't been announced.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ringer Switch

    It's worth noting that the Treos have always had hardware ringer switches. After using various handspring/palm phones over the last few years, it's one of my requirements for a phone (very glad my iPhone has one). Palm may have gone completely off the rails with a stagnant Palm OS and smart phones based on crappy Windows Mobile, but they have gotten some things right for a long time and the ringer switch is one of them.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    already mistakes?

    Premature launch? What does that mean??
    How does that even happen?
    Did someone put the wrong date in their calendar?
    Maybe the Outlook calendar on some vp's Treo wasn't syncing properly with the company calendar?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    long way to go...

    Palm started out with a revolutionary platform - touchscreen, mobile apps, multi-media, pro design, etc. But several years later (and a year after iPhone) the biggest advancement they've made is rebranding their logo.

    1) all that unused space around the display screen?
    2) why put a stylus on the bottom so prone to gravity?
    3) the touchscreen is still only good for single-clicking/tapping?
    4) the Palm website only offers bullet points and small screenshots?
    The list goes on.

    Fortunately for Palm, iPhone 3G is still fumbling through its sophomore mistakes.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SNL spoof MS sell out

    Is it me or do these guys in the Palm video look like they are on SNL doing an iPhone intro spoof? Talk about lame. It's all riding on Microsoft to help raise Palm from the ashes. Their souls have been sold.

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