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Verizon's Treo 650 Available Now for All!!!

I don’t know if it was extremely high consumer demand (more like frustration) that prompted Verizon to make its Treo 650 available 10 days before we were expecting it but for those who had been waiting this won’t make a difference one way or the other – the only thing that will matter to them is knowing that it’s finally available for them to buy online. 

The wait was long but I promise that it was worth it!

As of this morning, Verizon’s Treo 650 has made an unexpected but much welcome appearance on palmOne’s website where it is now available for $399 with a two year agreement and an unlimited data plan is $45 per month (don’t go for the 5MB data option at $25 which is much too expensive for what it is).

Additionally, for those who have been thinking about which carrier to choose, PC Magazine recently reviewed Verizon’s Treo 650 and they were impressed rating it as “the best phone of the three Treo 650s, but data options are disappointing”:

Verizon's iteration of the palmOne Treo 650 is a great-sounding smartphone, but it fails to take advantage of the carrier's flagship high-speed data network.  Let's take a step back and review: The Treo 650 is the best PDA/phone on the market today, in terms of balancing handheld computer and phone functions.

The Verizon Treo has the same beautiful backlit 320-by-320 screen, as well as the same cramped-but-usable keyboard and zippy 312-MHz processor as its Sprint and Cingular siblings.

As a phone, the Verizon Treo's sound quality is impeccable, with a clear speakerphone 12 dB louder than that of the Sprint version. The folks at Verizon also added their own push e-mail solution, Intellisync Wireless Sync, which aggregates POP/IMAP, Microsoft Exchange, and Lotus Notes accounts into a BlackBerry-like push e-mail solution (a desktop redirector is used for Exchange and Notes). We installed this solution and it worked as advertised, though the frequent Internet access took its toll on the charge life of our battery (it should be noted that you can also use palmOne's VersaMail for more traditional, direct POP/IMAP access).

As has been discussed extensively in the comments here, the lack of EVDO will put a damper on some people’s enthusiasm for this latest model while many others will jump at the opportunity to finally have the Treo 650 with their preferred carrier.

At any rate, congratulations to all newly minted Verizon Treonauts!!!

UPDATE: I just received an email from palmOne with a special offer for people [ordering] upgrading their Verizon Treo 650 online:

As a special thank you for your continued support, we have a palmOne.com exclusive offer on our new Treo 650 smartphone. Order yours today with or without a Verizon Wireless service plan and you'll receive a FREE Bluetooth® headset with your order ($79.99 value). Plus, if you're one of the first 100 people to place your order, you'll also receive a FREE autographed copy of the ground breaking new book On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the PalmPilot, and Treo smartphone.

Plus, you'll get FREE express shipping on your entire order to help make sure you're one of the first on your block to receive your new device. Note: Due to high demand, devices are expected to ship within 2 - 3 weeks.

In the meantime, Verizon Wireless’ own website still doesn’t have the option of buying the Treo 650…

UPDATE 2: A bit on the late side but palmOne and Verizon today finally and officially announced the release of the Verizon Treo 650 for business customers…

UPDATE 3: I’m confused… Now Verizon have their own press release where they state that “consumers will be able to purchase the Treo 650 after May 23”…  In this light, I guess that ordering it now via palmOne makes a lot of sense.

Verizon Treo 650 [palmOne Store]
Verizon Treo 650 Upgrade Offer [palmOne Store]
Verizon Treo 650 Review [ABC News]
palmOne's Treo 650 Smartphone Now Available to Verizon Wireless Business Customers [palmOne Press Release]
Verizon Wireless Rolls Out New Data Pricing For Enterprise Customers [Verizon Press Release]

[Thanks TreoInsider & John KT]

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Posted by Andrew on May 16, 2005 at 08:28 AM

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by Andrew | May 18, 2005 9:40:44 PM

Peter - here you go: http://tinyurl.com/849lu

Please note that I've just realised that the offer for the free BT headset is only available for people _upgrading_ from a previous Treo smartphone - something which was not at all obvious from the wording of the original email.

Cheers, A.

by Shi | May 18, 2005 11:03:23 PM

The upgrade required for the free Bluetooth Headset isn't from a treo to a treo ...it's from any palm. I entered the serial number from the back of my m130 and the free headset showed up on my invoice.

Hey, is it really taking 2 - 3 weeks for delivery? or, can I expect to see my treo in the next couple days?

Thanks in advance.

by Lee | May 19, 2005 10:31:40 AM

I want to order it through pal for $399,
but i'm an existing Verizon (out of contract),
and it says it costs $20 or $35 activation m, but i'm already a customer, who wants to keep the same #

is palm one only for BRAND NEW verizon customers?
Coming from t-mobile or cingular?

i don't wanna pay $519

does anyone know,?

has any verizon customer ordered through palmone?

by Ray | May 19, 2005 9:19:01 PM

Wow. I can't hardly believe the hassles getting a 650. I did get mine on Friday (5/13)after ordering Wednesday (5/11). Hope the large order of accessories I made with Treonauts is as fast and timely as my 650 was once we got through all of the false starts. I have loaded a ton of try before you buy software trying to break something, doesn't seem to be too delicate in that respect.
Seems to have new features that weren't available before (at least it seemed to me.) Such as the screen going off while I'm talking on the phone. Hard to get used to the keyboard, but seems to be coming along.

Haven't looked in the manual yet to figure out how to use shortcuts from the graphiti days (slash c, etc.)

My signals are as strong or stronger than they were with my 7135 (I had heard bad things about the phone signal with another carrier but with the 650)

All in all, well worth the long wait.


by Mark | May 22, 2005 8:54:22 PM

Got mine yesterday from a local VZW store. I LOVE THIS THING. i have it up and running with all of the apps I want and still have more than 9 MB free. It is an amazing piece of kit. Would have been nice if it came with 64 MB of memory, but it will do. :)

by Chris | May 27, 2005 6:11:36 PM

Looks like Verizon increased their data plan prices since May 16. The $45 unlimited data plan is now $50. The $25 5-MB data plan is now $30 10-MB data plan.

by Marcos | Jun 10, 2005 1:33:52 PM

I thinking of buying my first treo (650.)What are the essentials (accessories) that I would need to get started?

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