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Treo 680: The Perfect Holiday Gift For You & Everyone Else

Treo680GiftLike me many Treonauts will have spent at least some portion of this first weekend of December already looking for holiday gifts and the new Treo 680 Unlocked (which began shipping in volume this past Friday) or even Cingular Treo 680 will feature on the most wanted list of gifts to receive and/or to give.

In my particular case it also happens that I have two important family birthdays in the coming weeks and the Treo 680 is therefore making it extremely easy to shorten my list of things to buy…  [I just hope that neither my father nor brother are reading this or I will kind of have spoiled the surprise….]

Given the fact that they both travel internationally frequently and want to be able to use any SIM card they want, my gift choice will be the Treo 680 GSM Unlocked (see What is An Unlocked Treo 680?).  I will get the Arctic (White) for my Dad since he’s more adventurous than my conservative brother who will get his in Graphite (Grey) but there is also a choice of Copper and Crimson below.


I am evidently delighted that the range of Treo 680 colours will likely appeal to an entirely new and possibly younger audience but at the same time I have to admit that I am somewhat puzzled by the availability of only one ‘conservative/executive’ colour.  I personally feel that given the enthusiasm shown by Treonauts for both a Black and Gunmetal Blue Treo 680 (see Cingular Treo 680: Available In Black & Silver?) Palm may have missed a very good opportunity to perhaps market a Limited Edition “Midnight” (Black) Treo 680 in much the same way that it previously did with its Treo 650 Black Tie Edition… 

In my opinion such a limited edition Treo 680 could easily have been sold bundled with some extra accessories for $499 ($100 more than the currently available ones) thus providing Palm with more revenue on the one hand and also having a smartphone with an even greater “snob appeal” – particularly in Europe where this is still an important purchasing factor. 

I hope that Palm will seriously consider releasing such a limited edition at some point in the future but in the meantime at least I know that I will be able to make two people very happy to have received the gift of a Treo 680.

If like me you are now looking to buy a Treo 680 for yourself or someone special this holiday season, Palm has a few special offers that are certainly worth looking at:

1. Buy a Treo 680 Smartphone And Get A FREE Mobile Music Pack
Music on the go never sounded so good. Because now when you buy a Treo 680 you get everything you need to carry and listen to...

  • Palm 1GB Memory Card add memory to carry even more of your favorite songs, playlists, and podcasts.
  • Palm Hybrid Headset Treo headset doubles as stereo headphones for your MP3 files (see my Treo 680 Accessory Guide post).
  • Palm Treo 680 Music CD includes Pocket Tunes Deluxe and FREE 30-day trial to Yahoo! Music Unlimited To Go.

This offer expires December 22, 2006, so order your Treo 680 smartphone with the Mobile Music Pack today.

2. Buy a Cingular Treo 680 Smartphone – Save $100
For a limited time, when you buy a Treo 680 smartphone you can save $100. You'll get a $50 instant rebate from Palm, plus a $50 mail-in rebate from Cingular Wireless when you sign up for a new service plan that includes unlimited data. But hurry this offer only lasts until December 30, 2006.

3. Get $125 cash back—when you trade-in your old Palm Treo 650 smartphone for a new Treo 680
Personally, unless you _really_ need the $125 cashback that Palm offers you I would either gift my old Treo 650 to someone special, keep it as a spare one or even sell it privately as it will likely fetch a lot more…

Finally, now that the Treo 680 is fully available and shipping in both the Unlocked and Cingular versions I am curious to find out just how many Treonauts have already taken the plunge and bought one for themselves or someone else.

The Treo 680
1. Have you bought your own Treo 680 yet?

  Yes - upgraded from Treo 600   Yes - First time Treonaut  
  Yes - upgraded from Treo 650   No - Still thinking about it  
  Yes - switched from Treo 700p   No - I've decided not to buy one  

2. What Treo 680 model did you choose?

  Graphite Cingular   Copper Unlocked  
  Graphite Unlocked   Crimson Unlocked  
  Arctic Unlocked   Still deciding  

3. Are you considering giving the "Gift Of Treo" this holiday season?

  Yes, absolutely!

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Treonauts always give the greatest gifts

Posted by Andrew on December 3, 2006 at 03:44 PM

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by Barry | Dec 3, 2006 9:09:02 PM

i wish they made the treo on verizon!

by David | Dec 3, 2006 11:32:38 PM

Barry, I know that at least the 700p is available with Verizon.

by Blake | Dec 4, 2006 2:20:01 AM

Hey Barry, I feel ya man. Sprint only has the 700P as well. I wish they had the 680. The ONLY thing better on the 700P is the data connection speed. Otherwise it's poop to the new 680.

Andrew, was a Black Treo 680 just a rumor or will it be released?

by Victor Lisboa | Dec 4, 2006 6:38:48 AM

Hi Andrew! I Don't know if you already write a post about that, but in the TV Serie "Supernatural" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460681/) the leading characters use a TREO smartphone often! Even me (not a big fan) in the two times I have watch this TV Serie, I find out the boys using a Treo, including to talk with the "diabolic vampires". Take a look!

by Tenor | Dec 4, 2006 9:54:19 AM

Does anyone know if the Smartphone plan from Cingular ($19.99/month) will work on the 680? I spoke to a Cingular rep. and she said that the 680 is considered a PDA so the smartphone plan will not support that phone. Has anyone been using the 680 with the smartphone plan?


by Lindsey | Dec 5, 2006 12:31:07 AM

Hello! I tried to find an email address for you, but I couldn't, so here's a comment.

I just got my Unlocked 680 today - so excited, it's my first Treo, even though I've been a regular subscriber of your blog for MONTHS!

I'm working on getting things set up the way that I want them on the 680, and I've run into some issues. One of the big ones is ringtones - I can't for the life of me figure out how to put my own ringtones on this phone! Could you post about this for those of us who are new to the Treo? I tried to use some of the methods you posted for the 650, but I can't seem to figure it out, and most of the links I've found to Palm solutions to this are dead links, so I can't even really figure it out on their site! I've got my ringtone that I really love in WAV format, but I could easily convert it to MP3 if that would make life easier. I just really don't know what to do!

Thank you so much for your great blog - it has been immeasurably valuable in helping me pick out my first Treo, set it up the way I want it, and deck it out with the best accessories and software items!!!

by mm | Dec 5, 2006 12:32:22 AM

from canada and trying to order from palm but cannot get past the "select a country" it only allows u.s. as a selection. a bit bummed out - calling palm tomorrow to get some answers. arrrrghhh! any suggestions? anyone else have the same problem??

by btn | Dec 5, 2006 8:28:33 PM

I'd consider a 680 if it came in an EV-DO flavor. EV-DO Rev. A would be even more tasty.

by TJ | Dec 17, 2006 12:33:32 PM

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