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Palm Treo 680: Now Available To Pre-Order For $413.99 At Amazon.com

Following the FCC approvals last week, earlier today Amazon.com launched its dedicated Treo 680 (Unlocked GSM) product page [thanks for the tip Michael] listing it to buy at $413.99 (with an availability of 1 to 2 weeks).  Basically, you can add the Treo 680 to your shopping cart, pay for it but wait a couple of weeks for delivery…

As has happened in the past, I expect the Treo 680 page on Palm’s website to very shortly (today maybe, this week for sure) also be updated to begin taking pre-orders for the four colours of the Unlocked model below (available exclusively at the Palm online store or Palm retail locations) with an estimated pricing range of $399 to $449.  I am also hoping that at least one of the Unlocked models will become available at our own Treonauts Accessories Shop

For now there is still no update as to when Cingular will begin selling/shipping its own Treo 680 (see Cingular Treo 680: Pricing & Launch Date Leaks) but at least I expect to see a simultaneous release on both the Palm and Cingular websites for orders/pre-orders.  This week should certainly prove quite exciting…

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Posted by Andrew on November 13, 2006 at 12:00 PM

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by Doug Boehme | Nov 13, 2006 12:26:14 PM

The Amazon site is up, but there's no color selection for the 680. Any idea how that is decided?

by Benny | Nov 13, 2006 12:38:59 PM

That's great news! Way cheaper than the guy selling it on Ebay. I'm considering purchasing the unlocked version myself, however I have a question that hopefully someone can address?

Are there any issues of receiving data (email, internet, etc) on the unlocked version? I stopped at a Cingular store and asked the guy. I'm considering the unlocked version simply if Cingular won't offer me a discount, so that I may freely choose between Cingular and T-Mobile when my plan expires. The guy informed me that if I get the unlocked version that I won't be able to get a data plan on my phone. He indicated that there would need to be changes to the configurations that, unless I went with a Cingular locked phone, I would either need to do myself without instruction or not have a data plan.

I'm quite skeptical of this, as my buying the phone unlocked foregoes any commission this individual will receive on the phone / service extension. Can anyone who has an unlocked Treo 650 provide some light to this issue? Did you have a problem setting up a data plan?

Furthermore, if you get an unlocked version, can you get away w/ the Smarthphone Connect package (unlimited $19.99) instead of having to purchase the PDA connect package (unlimited $39.99)?

by Andrew | Nov 13, 2006 12:51:35 PM

Benny - it is indeed complete nonsense about the data plan not working with an Unlocked Treo 680 - it will work perfectly fine.

Also, at this point I'm not sure what type of Cingular data packages might be available but again _any_ one should work on the Treo 680.

Cheers, A.

by Tenor | Nov 13, 2006 1:12:45 PM

Looks like the stork is about to land. Great! I have a question about the data plans. What's the difference between Cingular's 'unlimited smartphone' plan ($19.99) and the 'unlimited data' plan ($44.99)?

by georgia | Nov 13, 2006 1:26:05 PM

re: unlocked phone and different data plans...

cingular forces you to buy more expensive data plan if you go through them to get your treo, blackberry, etc

you can use the $20 data plan but you don't have your own vpn/ip address or something like that...

i have unlocked treo and $20 data plan -- no issues in picking up my email. As far as the settings go, you can find all the info you need on the cingular site to set your treo (i.e. outgoing mail server, etc)

if you are comfortable doing it on your own (or asking a cingular rep really nicely like I did), you will not have any problems...

by charlie | Nov 13, 2006 1:35:32 PM

I could be wrong about this, but one advantage of the cingular PDA plan vs. the 19.99 plan it is allows for relatevley afforable international data roaming in some countries; the medianet plan does allow for roaming but at $20 per megabye.

by David | Nov 13, 2006 1:45:01 PM

I stopped at cingular on my lunch break to see if they had any new information. The manager pulled up their pricing sheet and said they now had a date of November 18th. This is yet another different piece of information than what we have heard from other Cingular employees but it is interesting to note that they had just removed the display 650. All of the other phones and blackberries and everything was out but the 650 slot was empty.

by Duncan | Nov 13, 2006 2:12:24 PM

I'm dying to order one, but there's no ability to pick a color on the Amazon site. Any ideas or is it obvious and I've missed it?

by Melanie | Nov 13, 2006 2:21:58 PM

Yeah, until I see color choices I will be keeping my hand on the mouse, cursor hovering over the "add to cart" button, ready to pounce. ;)

by Dean | Nov 13, 2006 2:30:23 PM

Anyone using a Treo with T-mobile service? I'm just curious what they think of the data service and if they like it.

by Doug Boehme | Nov 13, 2006 2:45:26 PM

I have the $19.99 plan with TMobile and it's great, no issues. I wish it was faster, but TMobile is slow to upgrade their service. (I'm currently using an unlocked GSM Treo 650 but will be getting a 680)

by Dean | Nov 13, 2006 2:53:01 PM


Are you familiar with Verizon's or Cingular's data services? How does T-mobile compare to them? I went to a T-mobile dealer the other day and the sales agent had a blackberry and the service was very fast. I think that was with the $29/month service though. I am very unfamiliar with how it works with them, however.

by Doug Boehme | Nov 13, 2006 3:33:38 PM

I'm not familiar with their services, but if you look at the recent blog from this site, the services were compared for speed. I think the T-Mobile service is fast enough for me, but even faster is always better.

by Doug Boehme | Nov 13, 2006 3:41:41 PM

Provantage and Buy.com both have it available now, again, no color selection...

Provantage, $414.93: http://www.provantage.com/palm-1049na~7PALM114.htm

Buy.com, $399.99 (free shipping):

by Dean | Nov 13, 2006 4:02:40 PM

The Provantage website says "stock expected on Saturday, November 25", do you think they are estimating or that that will really be the release date range?

by Rome | Nov 13, 2006 5:01:04 PM

this is funny....buy.com is showing treo 680 as temporarily SOLD OUT!!!

This phone is not even available yet:)

by Michelle | Nov 13, 2006 6:45:38 PM

Hoping Palm retail stores will have them in stock next weekend while I am traveling for the holiday. I want the copper 680!!!

by Tim | Nov 13, 2006 6:57:59 PM

Folks this is a reallllly goood sign for the 680 release. With all these sites getting the product I predict it to be out any day now. I expect Palm to release it first and then a day or two later with Cingular. We shall see when it happens, but it is a good sign that these sites have got the GO AHEAD to advertise it from Palm.....We are one step closer I feel:)


by Ken Greenberg | Nov 13, 2006 9:57:36 PM

I'm trying to figure out if I should wait for the 750. Not certain. Will the 680 work as a high speed modem like the 750 will?

by Jeff | Nov 13, 2006 9:57:37 PM

As for email/internet/mms configurations, you can always use http://tutorials.cingular.com and pick Treo 650 for settings. Right now you can indeed use $19.99 unlimited data plan on Treo, but Cingular reps are instructed not to do that, so your best bet is to ADD THE DATA PLAN BEFORE YOU PURCHASE YOUR TREO, and then buy the treo.

by dmm | Nov 14, 2006 6:49:55 AM

Most likely the 680 will work as a modem, like the 650. The speed, however, will be the same as the 650. Your choice, basically, is speed (750) vs. Palm OS (680).

by Amanda | Nov 14, 2006 8:19:49 AM

If you check the amazon.com site, it now says "in stock soon! First come first serve, so reserve yours today!" Which is telling me they'll have them sometime this week. Joy!

by Jay | Nov 14, 2006 9:41:13 AM

If you place an Amazon order (I did), it gives you an esitmated shipping date of the middle of December.

If you order from Amazon, make sure you take the offer for a free trial of Amazon Prime (you have one month to cancel Amazon Prime before the annual fee kicks in). It knocks the next day shipping cost from $20+ to $3.99.

by RonL | Nov 14, 2006 10:27:52 AM

I seem to remember that the Palm site states that the colors are ONLY available directly from them.

by Tina | Nov 14, 2006 11:32:48 AM

Direct off the Palm page:

"Arctic, Copper, and Crimson available in the Palm US web store, Palm US retail stores and Palm Canada web store only."

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