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Treo 680 Review Part 3: Unlocked GSM In My Delighted Hands

Hot on the heels of my Treo 680 Review Part 2 here comes the Unlocked GSM…


I was undoubtedly happy when I first got my hands on a Cingular Treo 680 (above left) but what I was really waiting for was to have my very own ($399) Unlocked Treo 680…  To my delight the anxiously awaited box arrived today and I couldn’t be any more thrilled than I am at this very moment – so happy in fact that I poured myself a glass of an 18 year old single malt whisky to celebrate…


Aside from the Treo 680 Unlocked GSM and its battery, the box (below) contains:

  • Mono corded 2.5mm headset
  • USB HotSync cable (does not charge via USB)
  • Wall Charger (bulky & heavy) with four international plugs including Europe, UK and US.
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • “Getting Started” CD which includes free software such as the bestselling Bejeweled
  • One Universal Screen Protector (which needs to be cut to size)

Existing Treo 650/700 owners will be able to reuse most if not all of their existing Treo Accessories (known exceptions are the battery and stylus) and I will address this more fully in my Treo 680 Compatible Accessories review during the week.


[Please note that I have the European version of the Treo 680 Unlocked and therefore the contents of the US version may be somewhat different.  For example, the Cingular Treo 680 package has a smaller and lighter travel wall charger but no International plugs.]

Getting started using my new Unlocked Treo 680 was not only simple but also extremely quick.  I just performed a HotSync on my old Treo 650 to backup all of my existing files and then performed a new HotSync on the Treo 680 matching it to my existing User ID (no need to use the CD if you already own a Treo).  Next I removed the SIM card from my Treo 650 and simply placed it in the tray under the battery of the Treo 680.  Voila!  The whole process took under 10mins.


BIG NEWS PREVIEW: Somewhat by accident I discovered another reason to like my new Treo 680… I decided to play some music with Pocket Tunes – finally able to use a 4GB SD card – (while sipping my whisky you understand) and noticed that the screen was not only brighter and crisper than on my Treo 650 or Treo 700p but also offered _much_ more vivid colours (click on thumbnail above for more detail – both screens are set to maximum brightness).  Evidently I therefore have to assume that Palm have used a new and even better screen technology on the Treo 680.

The only thing missing now is for me to get my hands on the three other Treo 680 Unlocked colours – Crimson (red), Copper (orange) and Arctic (white) – then I’ll really celebrate!  Treonauts who have already ordered their new Treo 680 will be able to join in the celebration starting this Friday, Dec. 1 when the first Unlocked units are expected to ship in the US.

You may also like to read my Palm Treo 680 Review Part 1: Introduction.  Please also note that our Treonauts Accessory Shop Thanksgiving Sale continues until midnight PST on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Treonauts are always delighted

Posted by Andrew on November 27, 2006 at 07:50 PM

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by alen | Jun 7, 2007 7:14:07 PM

hi, new to the treos, i just got mine unlocked and it does not read my sim card contacts, what should i do, please help.

by kristen Franklin | Jul 27, 2007 2:25:50 PM

i just got a 680 and noticed it takes a long time to reply to text messages (it's like it is thinking) and for the web to pop up. just seems to be slower with these applications than my 650

by cesar | Oct 5, 2007 12:19:29 PM

just i need to know how to unlock my treo 680
i buy it on mexico telcel

by marcus | Oct 15, 2007 3:31:01 PM

This has been a fantastically enlightening blog. I'm switching from sprint to t-mobile, and was initially disappointed that i couldn't get a 750 on that network, with Palm OS (i don't like windows....). After reading this, i'm feeling much better about moving from my sprint 650 to a gsm 680.
Sprint has given me some of the worst customer service i could imagine. They really seem to see each customer as simply a $$, and not as a customer. I hear great things about t-mobile.

by Meg | Apr 8, 2008 11:45:11 PM


I am a sprint customer and i really want to switch from my old phone ( katana2) to a 680. Yet my Katana doesnt have a sim card in it. Dont the 680's have to have one???
Please help. Im so confused with this unlocked stuff!!

by David | Dec 13, 2009 3:11:51 AM

does my Treo 755p have a sim card and can it be unlocked with or without service on.

by ruski ortiz nuñez | Mar 5, 2010 5:58:29 PM

quiero desbloquear un 680

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