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Treo 700p With Verizon Wireless

Even though Verizon has not yet made an ‘official’ press release for its version of the Treo 700p some information nonetheless surfaced yesterday regarding specifications and pricing below.

Specifications

Unlike Sprint’s Treo 700p which incorporates a few extra ‘unique’ applications, it appears that Verizon is happy to simply offer its version with the standard new features and applications that Palm has delivered with the Treo 700p such as:

  • EV-DO access for faster downloads of data, email, large attachments and streaming multimedia content
  • Built-in Dial-up Networking (DUN) Capabilities
  • Support for Wireless Sync to provide the convenience of push e-mail and easy access to personal information-management tools, such as contacts and calendar, as well as enterprise tools, such as device management and file synchronization
  • Enough memory to manage business and personal digital needs in one place with 128MB of memory and 60MB of dedicated user storage. 
  • A 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder, offering four times the resolution of a VGA camera
  • Superior phone functionality, including personalized ring tones for various categories of callers and the ability to respond to a call with text messaging
  • New voice-memo application, which can be used to create custom ring tones, add voice annotations to photos or simply record a memo
  • Enhanced email and messaging, including better Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 ActiveSync support, which now includes contact sync in addition to email and calendar, as well as threaded SMS/MMS messages in a single chat view and out-of-the-box support for Yahoo!, AOL, and Gmail
  • Smarter, faster web browsing using a new and improved version of the award-winning Blazer browser
  • Full PDF support using DataViz® Documents To Go® Version 8.0, which also offers native support for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and
  • The fast, friendly and familiar Palm OS platform, Version 5.4.9.

The Treo 700p also utilizes Verizon’s BroadbandAccess network to send and receive data.  According to the company, Verizon Wireless customers using the Treo 700p can expect average download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second – some 4 to 6 times faster than the Treo 650.

Plans and Pricing

Verizon plans to sell the Treo 700p within the next few weeks for $400 with the signing of a 2 year contract – the same price as Sprint.

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from three calling plans that all include unlimited data access via the Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service:

  • $79.99 a month. Includes 450 minutes with unlimited data usage*, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends ($0.45 per minute after allowance).
  • $109.99 a month. Includes 1350 minutes with unlimited data usage*, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends ($0.35 per minute after allowance).
  • $169.99 a month. Includes 4000 minutes with unlimited data usage*, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends ($0.25 per minute after allowance).

Plans and Pricing for BroadbandAccess Connect for Bluetooth and tethered Dial Up Networking (DUN) are:

  • Customers with the Treo 700p and an unlimited data plan with qualifying voice plan can get unlimited BroadbandAccess Connect for $15.00 monthly access.
  • Customers with the Treo 700p can get BroadbandAccess Connect with an unlimited data plan for $30 monthly access.

I have not yet had the opportunity to compare Sprint and Verizon’s price plans but insofar as features and services is concerned my vote is currently strongly leaning in favour of Sprint with its terrific new video offerings.

Treonauts are always comparing all options


Posted by Andrew on May 18, 2006 at 05:35 PM

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Comments

1
by L. J. Lamberty | May 18, 2006 6:41:48 PM

Am planning to purchase a 700P and have a 650P.
What's the best solution for transferring the contact list, etc. to the new phone

2
by Thought | May 19, 2006 12:16:57 AM

My only concern with going with Sprint is their reputation for lesser coverage and customer service.

Say what you will about Verizon, but their network is fantastic, and their customer service is usually very good.

Does anyone have anything to offer with regards to reassurance on Sprint?

3
by Tom | May 19, 2006 10:03:47 AM

L J -- sync you treo to palm desktop, buy the new phone and sync it -- all your contacts and calendar etc will be on your new phone.

Why aren't you syncing now? That's a large reason why the palm exists!

4
by Pedro | May 20, 2006 2:21:02 PM

L J, another solution may be transfering your entire contact list via bluetooth. while in your contact list, tap the 'Menu' button, then choose 'Send Category', then choose 'Bluetooth'--that should do it. Good Luck!

5
by Tina | May 22, 2006 10:41:03 AM

Just ordered my 700p from Verizon! Price is actually $499 with two year contract whether orginal or extension. So if you're planning on going with Verizon and don't already have a contract, you're better off buying direct from Palm for the "$399 with new contract" price. Verizon also doesn't have an actual shipping date yet, but Palm is saying 3-4 weeks from purchase so I'm guessing it will be about the same.

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by Mark | May 25, 2006 10:55:11 PM

Sigh. I'm just irked that they'll never bother releasing some of the updates that are clearly in the SOFTWARE for us Treo 650 users. It shouldn't be all that hard to get ring tones per contact and things like that, but I'm sure the answer will be, "Tough, buy a 700p." Now if I could just win the lottery!

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