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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

Sprint Treo ProThe 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.

Treo Pro for Sprint

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.

Buy Treo Pro

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

  1. Ultraslim & Ultrasleek Form-Factor & Stunning Design Treo Pro Top Marks
  2. Full QWERTY Keyboard + High Resolution 320x320 Flush Touchscreen Treo Pro Top Marks
  3. Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication) Treo Pro Top Marks
  4. Built-in GPS (Standalone and Asssisted GPS) Treo Pro Top Marks
  5. High-Speed Wireless Data (3G HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE) Treo Pro Top Marks
  6. It’s a Palm Smartphone Treo Pro Top Marks
  7. Dedicated Silent Ringer Switch Button Treo Pro Top Marks
  8. Standard 5 Hours Talk Time (Up to 7 hours Continuous) Treo Pro Top Marks
  9. Dedicated WiFi On/Off Button Treo Pro Top Marks
  10. Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 Treo Pro Top Marks

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 Case - Incipio ORION Incipio-Bond-Street-Case Treo Pro Case - Body Glove

Treo Pro Cases (above from left to right)

  1. 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.
  2. Incipio Bond Street Side Case
    This impressive ultraslim, elegant and extremely well built side case for your Treo Pro is my top choice.
  3. Body Glove Side Case
    One of the most popular current cases and my top choice to keep your smartphone by your side.

 Treo Pro Car Charger Treo Pro Memory Card Treo Pro Sync Cable

 Jabra BT530 New Jawbone Jabra BT3030

Treo Pro Bluetooth Headsets

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 Treo Pro Battery Treo Pro Cleaning Cloth Redfly for Treo Pro

  • 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:

Moving to Windows Mobile Treo Pro
Treo Pro Specifications
Treo Pro Review
Treo Pro Preview

Is the Treo Pro coming to Sprint? [via Engadget Mobile]


Posted by Andrew on October 20, 2008 at 08:37 AM

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by Jack | Oct 20, 2008 3:34:12 PM

I've actually got mixed feelings about this potential news. I'm excited to see that once again Sprint seems to be the leader in the availability of Palm handsets. That's the positive. The negative is that Sprint just within the past few months became the sole provider of the 800w, which I own. I won't be able to get in on the carrier subsidy for quite awhile, as a result. That's my negative. Although I am quite happy with the 800w, and from what I read it may actually run a bit more peppy than the Pro, the advantages I see with the Pro seem to outweigh the 800w advantages, such as true full GPS, and the 3.5mm audio connector. Plush that flush screen and body design is sweet. Oh well, I'll probably hold out until the Nova at this point, because that's slated to come out about the time I can get some dollars off of a new one, and I'm really hoping that Nova takes the quickness and simplicity of Palm OS while giving us the advantages of WinMo, such as multitasking, WiFi, GPS, etc.

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by Les | Oct 20, 2008 7:32:31 PM

It's wishful thinking but I'm hoping for a Treo Pro with Palm OS. Yes, Palm needs to evolve and all that good stuff, but I'll be completely satisfied with added wifi and EDGE data.

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by Frank | Oct 21, 2008 12:33:43 AM

Great post, up until the point where the author tries to sell me a bunch of stuff. Still, I'm excited about this model being on the Sprint network.

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by David | Oct 21, 2008 6:20:58 PM

I agree with Les in that I prefer the Palm OS. I realize Windows Mobile has made advances but I'm just not ready to go there. Although it's dated it still does a wonderful job for me.

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by Stan | Nov 2, 2008 7:26:25 AM

I have an 800w and can't wait to trade it in for an Treo Pro.

Seriously needed better battery, finally a flush screen, a proper headset jack, and working standalone GPS.

Yesterday my sprint store guy said it is in the system but there are no details. Said this means four to eight weeks typically. Can't wait

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by Jeremy | Nov 6, 2008 1:28:13 PM

I just spoke to a Sprint Rep who told me that according to some memos that he had received that the Treo Pro was coming at the end of the month or December 1. I don't know if its true or not but very interesting in light of the above story.

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by Explisiv | Nov 21, 2008 6:31:58 AM

a sprint rep told me janurary either the end or the begining

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