Sprint Treo Pro Possible?
Possibly Legitimate Sighting of Treo Pro for Sprint Offers Hope That CDMA Version of This “Super Hot” Smartphone Will Become Available Soon
The lucky few people who have already been able get their hands on the Unlocked Treo Pro know how incredibly cool and powerful this latest smartphone from Palm is.
The present problem is that to experience the Treo Pro you will 1) need to have some $549 to spare and 2) need to have a contract with a GSM carrier such as AT&T.
It’s clear that for the Treo Pro to really take off commercially in the US it will need to become available at a “subsidized” price from wireless carriers – possibly priced as low as $249.
Although there has not yet been a real official statement from Palm, since it operates a GSM network it’s all but certain that AT&T will be the first carrier to release the Treo Pro (hopefully by the end of November at the latest).
However, given the level of excitement surrounding the Treo Pro and based on some previous rumours that Palm has been working on a CDMA version of this smartphone a great many Treonauts have been waiting to hear about any news that either Sprint and/or Verizon might also be on the Treo Pro bandwagon.
It’s impossible to know if the above screenshot is just an elaborate hoax or a real sighting BUT the good news is that for a moment last week a Sprint Treo 850e had apparently been poking its head on DSL Reports with this smartphone tested at 1060kbps with 0.229 seconds latency on the spcsdns.net network (a Sprint domain) using IE Mobile 8.12.
I would personally very much like to think that the above is true and that a Sprint or Verizon Treo Pro will indeed become available soon but I have to admit that until we get to see more meaningful evidence my hopes remain not particularly high – at least not for the immediate future.
In the meantime, if you’re just tired of waiting for any carrier to release the Treo Pro then your best option is to get one right now from either:
- The Dell Store currently appears to have the best deal offering the Treo Pro for only $475.99 (before tax of some $20 to $45)
- The Palm Store has an offer (valid until 10/22) of $30 Off all orders of $120 or more (use coupon code THIRTYOFF at checkout) so the Treo Pro can be yours for only $519.99 instead of $549.99.
Top 10 Reasons To Get Your Treo Pro
- Ultraslim & Ultrasleek Form-Factor & Stunning Design
- Full QWERTY Keyboard + High Resolution 320x320 Flush Touchscreen
- Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication)
- Built-in GPS (Standalone and Asssisted GPS)
- High-Speed Wireless Data (3G HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE)
- It’s a Palm Smartphone
- Dedicated Silent Ringer Switch Button
- Standard 5 Hours Talk Time (Up to 7 hours Continuous)
- Dedicated WiFi On/Off Button
- Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
Separately, given that both the Dell and Palm stores offer only a very limited selection of Treo Pro accessories below you’ll find a list of my top choices from the Treonauts Store:
Editor’s Choice Accessories for Treo Pro
Treo Pro Cases (above from left to right)
- Incipio ORION Sleeve Case
My very top choice. High quality leather that fits like a glove, looks great and protects my Treo Pro from scratches.
- Incipio Bond Street Side Case
This impressive ultraslim, elegant and extremely well built side case for your Treo Pro is my top choice.
- Body Glove Side Case
One of the most popular current cases and my top choice to keep your smartphone by your side.
- Motorola MicroUSB High Performance Car Charger
A beautifully designed, simple car charger that has proven to be one of the most popular accessories for both the Treo Pro and Treo 800w.
- SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Card with MicroReader
I personally currently use two of these 8GB cards to carry all of my music and personal files while one the go.
- SPE Micro USB Sync & Charge Cable
Probably the very best value and most convenient accessory for your Treo Pro that allows you to both sync and charge from your PC or a USB wall charger wherever you go.
- Jabra BT530
A new headset that I have been extremely impressed by and that I currently use on a daily basis. Superb noise cancellation, a dedicated On/Off switch and a microUSB charging connector combine to make this my preferred choice for the Treo Pro.
- New Jawbone
Without a doubt the best-in-class noise cancellation headset available on the market today and the #1 bestselling BT headset for the Treo Pro.
- Jabra BT3030 Stereo Bluetooth
Given that the Treo Pro now offers a 3.5mm stereo headset I have found this Stereo Bluetooth Headset to be by far the most convenient choice for the Treo Pro and it also happens to offer excellent value.
- Palm Treo Pro Battery
A replacement battery for your Treo Pro that will conveniently double your work and talk time wherever you go.
- 3M Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Thanks to this cleaning cloth that I always keep in my pocket I can quickly wipe fingerprints, dirt and oils to keep my Treo Pro shiny at all times.
- Redfly Mobile Companion (On Sale – Only $199!)
Thanks to the recent massive price drop of the Redfly Mobile Companion from $399 to only $199 this unique device has quite literally been flying off the shelves but is due to be back in stock in the next couple of days.
Finally, if you’re looking for some more in-depth information about the Treo Pro please read these previous posts:
Is the Treo Pro coming to Sprint? [via Engadget Mobile]