Treo 650 Unlocked Price Drop
Every time a hardware manufacturer reduces the price of its products there is a sense that it may be in order to clear stock for a next generation device.
In this particular case, Palm has reduced the price of its Unlocked Treo 650 GSM by $50 to $649.00 and the buzz is rapidly building that this can only mean that the announcement of a new, fifth generation, Treo is just around the corner.
More specifically everyone is betting that like last year Palm will use the forthcoming CTIA show in San Francisco in less than two weeks time (where I will naturally be) as the platform from which to officially announce its new Treo to the world. Actually, I should perhaps say “new Treo(s)” because the real expectation is that for the first time ever Palm will offer not one but two Treo smartphones with the first running PalmOS and the second running Windows Mobile.
Although there have been some pictures and video of the Windows Mobile Treo “670” circulating along with a few specifications there has been absolutely no indication about what the PalmOS version might look like. So far everyone has assumed that both devices will be identical in form and overall specifications but without any hard evidence this is currently just educated guessing.
Additionally, we should be clear that Palm is likely only to ‘announce’ any new device(s) and not their actual commercial release. As before, any new products are unlikely to make it to market before December (ideally for the Xmas holidays) or January. If the past is any indication the first carrier will again be Sprint followed by Cingular, Verizon and Earthlink as well as the Unlocked GSM version.
Unfortunately, missing from the above wireless carrier lineup is T-Mobile which never released its own Treo 650 – leaving their Treonaut subscribers no other choice but to buy the unlocked model – and it is anybody’s guess if the company ever plans to carry the Treo again (we never knew why they didn’t have the 650 in the first place).
Evidently the coming two weeks promise to be extremely interesting as rumours of our new Treo gain momentum and the date of CTIA’s show approaches. In a short 10 days I hope that I will have the opportunity to actually hold one (or two) of these new Treo smartphones in my hand and to share with you the first real pictures and maybe even review – I can’t wait!
Treonauts are an impatient lot…