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Verizon: We're GO! For Biz Only Though...

Well for a change I'm glad to report that we finally have some liftoff regarding your Verizon Treo 650...

As long as you're an existing or prospective Verizon business customer you can order your Treo 650 today (by phone only for now) and expect to have it delivered within a week (although some have already received theirs - image below).  A quick order query for 5 new business lines yielded an offer of $399.99 for each Treo 650 but there's a $100 instant rebate if you sign up for voice and data with a 2 year contract bringing the cost of the phone down to only $299 (1 year contract doesn't offer the rebate and brings the cost of the phone to $449).


My selected voice plan of 1,350 minutes per line was $79.89 and the unlimited data plan runs at $44.99 but you get 6% discount on your spend when you have 5 or more lines.

Now the bad news for those who had been wishing for high speed data connections beyond 1xRTT: Verizon's Treo 650 will NOT support EVDO.  After being called 'wacky', 'optimistic' even 'irresponsible' in some quarters, I obviously need to double check sources next time even though it is a fact that in palmOne's last quarterly presentation EVDO support for 'a device' was indeed mentioned (??).

Additionally, I have now received definitive confirmation that Verizon's Treo 650 for consumer sales will become available at 8.00am on Monday May 23 (at least we had gotten that part right before...).  So for many Treonauts there's just under two more weeks to wait until you can get our hands on your new beloved Treo 650

Not wanting to add salt to the wound, having now enjoyed my own unlocked Treo 650 for almost five full months, I can categorically state that you've been seriously missing out but I promise that you will not be disappointed when you finally receive your very own.

However, if you're just too sick and tired of waiting then you may be tempted by Sprint's CDMA and Cingular's GSM existing Treo 650 or like me prefer to have total freedom with the unlocked version.

Verizon 650 here!! Pics [Thanks to Sodiumlake via TreoCentral Forum] 

Treonauts are not happy when all can't share the joy...

Posted by Andrew on May 11, 2005 at 11:51 AM

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by Mark | May 14, 2005 7:10:11 PM

Yes, I just got the same from three different local Verizon stores, except they are guardedly optimistic that it might be out either by the end of the month, within a month or no release date at all. Is Verizon that bad on informing its employees uniformly, or are these people just idiots?

by Kevin | May 15, 2005 11:12:34 AM

My thoughts exactly. For the longest times, the people at my store were convinced that the phone was still under an exclusive contract with Sprint, and they didn't even acknowledge that Cingular had it. It was only recently (two weeks or so) that they figured out that the contract is, in fact, up.

And I'm a little pissed at the *611 people for being honest. I called several times to order it (don't have a B2B account), and the people were more than happy to sell me one, but they said that the phone is only available for order on the East and West Coasts. I live in the Midwest. So, crap. I have to wait until the 23rd, which REALLY sucks because I leave for a two-week trip to Spain on the 24th.

by Mark | May 15, 2005 7:03:33 PM

And now there's talk on the forums about a recall on the Treo 650, some data software issue....some say yes, others say no, but I will tell you, this has been a very aggravating few months.

by scot | May 15, 2005 11:13:11 PM

dudes, i've already ordered it from *611. It'll be here on tuesday. Of course I live in Michigan and have a Santa Monica, Ca area code. $330.99 total cost.

by TreoInsider | May 16, 2005 4:31:00 AM

Everybody can order the 650 for VERIZON from the palmone website, its a special promotion, and you get a free BlueTooth headset as well! What a good deal.

by Paul | May 24, 2005 10:27:18 PM

Has anyone actually obtained a Treo 650 WITHOUT the camera for Verizon? I don't see it at Palmone or Verizonwireless.com. I just talked to 611 and they say that it's not available without camera yet.

Also, I'm in CA and they claim at VZ that the cost is $399 WITH the NE2 discount, does this sound right?

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