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Treo 700p: Sprint Sets Pricing & Availability

I had somewhat anticipated that it would take a little while longer but… Sprint today announced its plans to be the first to offer the new EvDO ready Treo 700p running PalmOS. 

Positioning it as the ‘Sprint Power Vision Smart Device Treo 700p’, Sprint is strongly promoting unique multimedia capabilities powered by the nation's largest mobile broadband network.  Like with Palm’s Treo 700p announcement yesterday, Sprint also emphasizes SPEED with the much enhanced wireless data connectivy of the Treo 700p which the company believes will be ideally suited to make the most of its “largest mobile broadband network of any carrier today”.

According to Sprint, the Treo 700p will be available at the end of May (rumoured May 28–29 date) at Sprint Stores, Sprint business channels and also online priced at $399.99 after available discounts and promotions.  Without a contract the Treo 700p will cost $649.99 which will make it Sprint’s single most expensive device.

Sprint is enabling the Treo 700p with flexible connectivity options like dial-up networking (DUN) that takes advantage of the Treo 700p capability to be used with a laptop to provide high-speed data access.  Sprint is also expected to be the only wireless carrier to offer live TV capabilities - via Sprint TV - on the Treo 700p at launch.

"Sprint realizes that every business customer is also a consumer and uses mobility for productivity, social connections, entertainment and news," said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "The Treo 700P is ideal for customers who are looking for a device that provides a combination of power and elegance to satisfy the need for owning a stylish, cutting-edge device while still helping them to be more efficient and productive."

On top of the standard new features and many applications which the Treo 700p will offer, Sprint will also provide some additional programs specifically designed to deliver a “powerful productivity and entertainment experience” – further supporting the fact that the Treo is perfect for both work and play. 

Unique Sprint features include:

  • Support for Sprint Mobile Broadband Service on the nation's largest mobile broadband network.
  • Support for Sprint TV - Emmy-award winning service providing more than 50 channels of video and audio for TV on the go, including live TV with full motion video and vivid sound.
  • Support for On Demand - retrieve personalized information for local news, sports, weather, movies and more.
  • Support for Sprint PCS Picture Mail, Messaging, Games, Ringers, Screensavers

"The new Sprint Treo 700p delivers on Palm's commitment to provide business and mobile professionals with the tools they need to stay productive while on the road," said John Hartnett, senior vice president worldwide sales and customer relations for Palm. "The Treo 700p provides a world-class email and Web experience and, combined with Sprint's high-speed EV-DO network, gives businesses more reasons to extend their corporate information with a Treo mobile solution."

Sprint further adds that its Sprint Power Vision Network can access various audio, video and data applications at average download speeds of 400-700 kbps and peak speeds up to 2Mbps.  Sprint today claims to have the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier – with services in 220 major metropolitan areas as well as 470 airports across the nation. 

We now only have to sit and wait patiently (not one of my strong suits) a couple more weeks before we can all start Treonauting at high speeds everywhere…

Sprint Announces Plans to Be First to Offer Mobile Broadband-Capable Palm Treo Running Palm OS [Sprint Press Release]

Treonauts are always sprinting somewhere


Posted by Andrew on May 16, 2006 at 12:51 PM

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by proee | May 16, 2006 1:49:54 PM

Any word on if Sprint will require additional fees to use the 700p as a modem? Or will this just require the unlimited data plan (extra $15 month). Thanks all!

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by Mohamed | May 16, 2006 2:19:44 PM

Can anyone please shed some light on when and if Palm are planning to launch a GSM version of the Treo 700p. Thanks.

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by Darkknight | May 16, 2006 2:19:58 PM

If you use the Treo as a modem:
$39.99 = 40Mb
# A two-year PCS Advantage Agreement is required.
# Additional kilobytes $0.001, unless a Unlimited MB plan is selected.

$49.99 = unlimited

I think thats on top of what you already pay just to have the EvDO service on the treo, so I think you mite pay a ballpark price about $30 give or take, it will depend on what plan you get, I was at sprint checking out the Additional cost for using the Treo 700p as a phone and as a modem.


So I hope they will have a cool plan to have the treo do both for a great price, because if you have to pay $50 for modem + $30 to have the web on the phone you will end up paying $80, but it's to early yet for this, but I would like a good price to able to do both with out going broke using it, at the moment I use my Treo 650 as a modem on my laptop at NO extra cost, It's not the fastest thing, but it's a good backup when there's no wifi around :)

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by Darkknight | May 16, 2006 2:21:19 PM

As for the GSM Treo 700p I hear it mite be out by the end of the year .....

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by Rome | May 16, 2006 7:40:16 PM

The $50(or $40 till 5/21) rate includes both the Power Vision on the phone and the PAM feature. It is more like $15 for the power vision and $25 for the PAM. Plus I think you get the sprint TV and a few other things as well.

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by Steve Packard | May 16, 2006 10:07:20 PM

Hmmm

The EVDO feature on the phone is definately a big selling point. However, Verizion has a much larger EVDO network than Sprint, at this time.

In my area, Verizion has pretty decent high-speed coverage, but sprint is mostly just baseband speed.

Of course, Sprint phones are compatable with Verizion's network, and when you are out of Sprint coverage, they will use Verizion's service as a backup. You will encure a roaming charge, however, unless your plan includes "off network".


So...

Here's my question:

If you have a sprint plan, with "Off network" calling, and you are in an area, which has Verizion EVDO coverage, as well as Sprint coverage (but only low-speed), will it make use of the Verizion network? Or will it connect through sprint???

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by Blake | May 16, 2006 10:34:17 PM

What's all this talk about DUN prices when you could just purchase PDA Net and have an unlimited data usage plan. There you go. No monthly charge for Dial Up Networking. Just use PDA Net. Am I wrong?

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by Ekauq | May 17, 2006 7:00:19 AM

I think the general concern with the DUN part Blake is people are worried that if they don't get the PAM option that they'll incur the data rate pricing which may greatly increase the monthly bill by more than what the PAM plan costs, even if they use something else.

Basically if the carrier isn't making as much money from the customers as possible (no PAM vs PAM), they'll find some way to get more money. :)

Of course PAM is always good if you want to keep food from sticking to the cooking sheet. :)

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by Jacob | May 17, 2006 1:53:41 PM

Will you be able to get Hotmail on the Treo 700p through Versamail or only through the internet?

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by rich | May 17, 2006 7:05:14 PM

When is Verizon going to sell the treo 700p ?

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by Pedro | May 17, 2006 8:58:26 PM

Rich, Verizon announced today that they'll begin selling the Treo 700p in a few weeks: no definite date yet. It'll retail at $400 with the signing of 2-year contract.

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by Josh | May 21, 2006 1:52:10 PM

I heard from a Sprint associate at a store that the 700w was to come out at the end of this year? Has anyone else heard the same? And, does anybody know if the Sprint 700w will be just like the Verizon version, including the duller display, etc.?

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by RichC | May 30, 2006 3:00:58 PM

It's been a downer so far as there is little to no help from Sprint in using the 700p as a modem. I'm not happy at this point since I can't get a clear anwswer on how to do it at all? All they tell me is to keep checking back with the www.sprint.com/downloads site for an 'eventual' connection manager update that will include the treo 700p. Grrr.

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by wt | May 31, 2006 5:51:05 PM

Sprint rep told me the 700w will be out in August.

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by JimA | Jun 5, 2006 4:59:40 PM

Sprint told me today that the Power Vision plan with unlimited data at $15 is incompatible with the Phone As Modem plan, so using 700p as modem kills some nice EVDO features.

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by cs11 | Jun 19, 2006 6:14:31 PM

I just purchased the Jabra JX10 headset at the recommendation of sales reps however, it is incompatible with the Treo 700 p phone I just purchased. After struggling with it for a time, I called Jabra and they confirmed that this is a problem with many Treo phones. They said that no fix was imminent and that I should return this product. Be forewarned about this problem if you want to avoid frustration and disappointment. Can anyone recommend a comparable small light high quality head set that IS compatible with the Treo 700 p phone?

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by Bill Ellenberger | Sep 2, 2006 10:43:31 PM

Does anyone know of a website that lists incompatible software for the new Palm Treo 700p, (Verizonwireless). This Treo is replacing my old Treo 600. My unit has become unstable and I am look to solve the problem. Thanks in advance.
Bill

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by Pre Paid Matt | Jul 13, 2007 12:40:24 PM

Are sprint treo 700p compatible with jawbone blue tooth head set?

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by allison | Feb 22, 2008 3:02:35 PM

sprint sucks. i have it for my daughter and when she is at the mall it does not let her call or text. we went to a city and it did not let my daughter call. so dont think the new phone is better it sucks. i heard they are going to shut down the co. if they cant get more clients. so dont even trust sprint. i canceled the games and the web cause they were paying me 80 dollors a month. my daughter didnt even use it. now they still pay me even though she never uses it i hate sprint. i called and they hung up on me cause they had to take a break. so cancel your phone service. i am going to after the contract expires and i am going to get att. i already have a account with them and they pay me $40 a month thats good.

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