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Treo 755p Update for Verizon Released + Palm News

Verizon Treo 755p updateThe first good news is that Palm has finally released its Treo 755p Software Update for Verizon which will bring your smartphone up to version 1.08. 

The next good news is that Palm states that “This software update is a tune-up that improves the phone application, stability and device usability” – one that I have to assume addresses some of the “lag” issues that many users had reported.

Unfortunately, aside from the above note Palm has made absolutely no other information available as to _exactly_ what this update delivers and you’ll have to install it in order to find out… 

You can download the Palm Treo 755p Software Update for Verizon – and please let me know about your update experience (good or bad) via the Comments section.

At the same time, if you’re updating your smartphone software you may consider also updating or upgrading some of your Treo 755p accessories.

For example, you could start by looking at some of the bestselling Treo 755p cases in our store such as the Helix Holster II, SPE Ultraslim SkinCase, SPE P6 Pouch Case and new Swiss Mobility Legion organizer case.

Next you may want to look at your power options with a Treo 755p charger, cable and cradle where I would recommend the SPE Retractable S&C Cable, SPE Car Charger, Treo Battery Charger and Palm Cradle Kit.  When it comes to power there’s naturally also a number of spare Treo 755p battery options with standard and extended batteries available for your smartphone.

If like me you spend hours every day talking on your phone while on the go then you should seriously consider a Bluetooth Headset such as the New Jawbone, original Jawbone or Motorola H700.  If you happen to spend hours in your car then you should also look at the range of Treo 755p speakerphones available such as the Jabra SP5050 and new Blueant Supertooth 3 – the fist to offer Text-to-Speech technology.

Finally, no accessory kit would be complete in my opinion without some screen protectors, a spare stylus as well as a memory card reader such as my favourite SanDisk MobileMate SD+ Reader.

Palm: Good & Not So Good News

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Last week Palm reported its Q4 and financial year 2008 results with news that the company had record sales (principally thanks to the hugely successful Palm Centro) just short of 1,000,000 smartphones (968,000 units) during the quarter and a total of 3.2 million units for the year (its highest smartphone sell-through yet).

At the same time, Palm nonetheless reported a loss of $43.4 million this quarter – roughly half of this loss was attributed to compensation and restructuring costs as the company continues to change and builds Palm 2.0.  The more obvious reason for this loss is simply that Palm basically has no high-margin Treo smartphones on the market and even the huge success of the Centro (which has considerably lower margins) cannot make up for Palm’s overall market share loss at the premium end of the market.

Having said this, for this coming quarter Palm will at least benefit from the introduction of the new high-end and high-margin Sprint Treo 800w (due July 13) which combined with the recently launched Verizon Centro should considerably help the company’s finances.

It’s clear that without the availability of its next-generation NOVA OS to power new smartphones before 2009, Palm will in the meantime have to rely almost entirely on Windows Mobile powered Treo smartphone sales (including the slick GSM Treo 850 due in September) to get the high margins that it needs.  This is certainly not a bad thing as Windows Mobile penetration continues to grow in the enterprise and it also leads in Europe where Palm is still weak.

Everybody is not that optimistic about Palm’s future but I’m seeing more than a few pockets (including me) where there is a growing positive sentiment that the company has reached an “inflection point” and is now set on a new path to make a strong rebound towards 2009.  Naturally any chance of real success will depend entirely on the design of Palm’s next-generation smartphones as well as its new operating system.

It’s true that right now both Apple with its iPhone 3G and RIM with its BlackBerry Bold have some terrific devices coming out this summer (see above) but the fact is nonetheless that it’s still far too early for anyone to claim there is a winner in the “Smartphone Wars”.  I personally have no doubt that Palm will make a strong turnaround by next year with a completely new hardware and software platform. 

In the meantime, like millions of Treonauts I absolutely cannot wait to see what’s in store for us and I have to admit that I would pay dearly to get my hands on the first NOVA screenshots as well as an image of one of the next-generation Palm “Quattro” smartphones…

Treonauts always have a positive attitude


Posted by Andrew on July 2, 2008 at 01:00 PM

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Comments

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by Homer | Jul 2, 2008 4:11:49 PM

Palm is at a critical point if they want to stay competitive in the high end phone market. The success of the iPhone is still undetermined, but I have this feeling the iPhone will reach the same critical mass as the iPod - meaning they pretty much OWN the high-end phone market. While I don't agree with a lot of things Apple does, you have to be impressed with the iPhone. Also, I imagine Apple has some more tricks up their sleeves for the next year in terms of releasing more phones to fill more market niches (think iPhone Nano, iPhone Classic, iPhone Deluxe). Palm is likely trembling at these thoughts. The joy of competition!

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by home | Jul 2, 2008 4:13:21 PM

Oh yeah, and don't forget the little buzzword called "Android." This adds more fuel to the fire and makes Palm increasingly insignificant.

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by Dan | Jul 2, 2008 5:13:56 PM

Trying to sell us stuff in the middle of your post is pretty tactless. Just report the story.

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by Scott | Jul 2, 2008 11:51:13 PM

"I have this feeling the iPhone will reach the same critical mass as the iPod - meaning they pretty much OWN the high-end phone market"

I completely disagree with that. The iPhone is a toy, the Treo (windows mobile versions) are business machines. . .Who do you think buys more smartphones, those that want a toy, or those that are business oriented?

The iPhone could very well dominate the NON-BUSINESS smartphone user market, but it will never dominate the business user smartphone market.

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by John Whorfin | Jul 3, 2008 2:07:59 AM

"inflection point"?!?!

Delusion, thy name is Andrew.

Palm's now had FOUR QUARTERS OF LOSSES IN A ROW. Sales are down 25% from about $400 million last year to just under $300 million this year, with a net loss of $43 million...

Oh, and total stockholders' equity has PLUMMETED from $1 billion last year to $100 million.

Meanwhile, Palm's unit sales are being dramatically outpaced by RIM and Apple - and Palm's only response is "just wait until 2009 for our next OS." Sorry, too late. By then we'll be on iPhone 3.0, and Palm has shown no sign they can even catch up to last year's model (which gets a free upgrade to 2.0 next week, btw).

And Scott, I'm sorry, but to call the iPhone "a toy" is completely moronic in the face of 3G, GPS, 3rd party apps, Exchange compatibility, etc. The new iPhone 3G (and every original iPhone that's about to upgraded to 2.0 FOR FREE) is all about infiltrating the enterprise.

Meanwhile, at $199, the iPhone is now also aggressively going after the consumer market - not just the "prosumer" market Andrew's delusional graph claims.

iPhone 3G/2.0 is the perfect storm - consumer, prosumer, and enterprise in one single device.

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by Charles | Jul 3, 2008 8:28:49 AM

I installed the 1.08 ROM update without incident. Now I'm getting the following error message: "Please load AESLib Library". I'm guessing that it has something to do with VersaMail because when I'm unable to permanently assign my password in my POP3 account in VersaMail. I've never seen this error message before and it appears randomly i.e. whether I'm running an application or not. Can anyone offer any help with this?

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by Marc | Jul 3, 2008 8:33:03 AM

While I agree that it is too early to declare a single winner in the smartphone wars (RIMM vs Apple). I think it's safe to say that Palm lost.

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by Treo Junky | Jul 7, 2008 9:42:15 AM

Charles, I too recieved the VersaMail error message to install the AESlib Library file after installing the Verizon update. However, after snooping around, I found where the Centro VersaMail upgrade was done on Verizon's 755p:

http://blog.palm.com/palm/2008/01/versamail-updat/comments/page/2/

And voila, it worked! No more error message and I am now able to enter my passwords for my versamail accounts (and no more AESlib Library error messages)!!

**Please install on your device at your own risk**

http://www.palm.com/us/support/downloads/versamail/vm4updater.html

BTW, Since the Verizon update, what I have noticed so far is, the good: I noticed that my Jawbone BT does not seem to loose it's connection as often as it used to. Also, switching between applications seems to be a lot faster. The bad: all of this "... stability and device usibility", seems to drain the battery faster.

Hopefully, this info may help other 755p users who aren't quite ready to jump ship on palm quite yet!

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by Scott | Jul 8, 2008 4:04:32 PM

I have a 700 with 755 flash done would the vzn 755 update work on the 700 flash755?

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by Allan psi | Sep 25, 2008 1:40:55 PM

I also recieved the VersaMail error message to install the AESlib Library file after installing the Verizon update for my Treo 755p. I called Verizon technical support and they had a simple solution.
All you need to do is go to the main menu within the Treo and run the Install E-mail application. The installation will run and all will be working fine.
I hope this helps someone who is going through the same problem.

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