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    A new report about Europe sales of handhelds:

    -- http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jhtml?cont...4_01_23_172835

    notes the tremendous change between palmOS and Windows devices (note - NOT smartphones).
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    I guess the t600 price of $1150 wont help those figures.

    Wrote a long letter to Handspring regarding the price setting in Europe (treostore.com) and the lack of loyal user discount, just got a standard reply and was suggested to try treostore.

    Did they even read my email or just the topic????
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    Originally posted by Andreas
    I guess the t600 price of $1150 wont help those figures.

    Wrote a long letter to Handspring regarding the price setting in Europe (treostore.com) and the lack of loyal user discount, just got a standard reply and was suggested to try treostore.

    Did they even read my email or just the topic????

    No surprise !

    Just looking at numbers:

    A Pocket PC Phone PPC 2003 with its internal phone -
    speaking of the T-Mobile MDA
    you currently get this device from T-Mobile in every T-Shop
    in Germany for

    199.- EUR = around 250 USD.

    "Why paying nearly 1200 USD for a device like the T600"

    ...more than four times - nearly 5 * as much...

    this is just ridiculous pricing and even loyal Treo
    customers like me cannot understand why there is
    no 350 EUR / 400 USD upgrade - like it was offered in the US

    ...as the previous models T180/270 are + were sold
    with prices comparable to those in the States.

    1170 - 1200 USD for a gadget ?

    The answer is: NO *

    Markus


    * = when asked in local Palm User Groups
    Last edited by MarkusSchneider; 01/27/2004 at 02:29 PM.
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    Yeah this is bad news for PalmSource and PalmOne. However, I'ld like to see how the iQue3600 is faring against PPC GPS bundles over in Europe...
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    You have to be careful where you get your figures from. I upgraded my nokia phone to a treo 600 whilst remaining with Orange (UK) and managed to get it for 19.99 (GBP) - is that $US35 at current rates?

    OK, it tied me into another 12 month contract - but as I didn't see myself giving up using a mobile in the next year - what's the problem?

    It is also possible to shop around to get the best deals through the numerous mobile phone shops.

    I guess that if you want to purchase the device and plug your existing SIM card in, then the costs may rise.

    Personally I would pay more for a non MS product (not sure how much though) and I don't understand people who quite happily get locked into the MS world only to find themselves being milked like a cash cow!
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    Originally posted by Mr_A
    ...milked like a cash cow!
    there are lots of countries in Europe
    (Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain etc. + for example)
    and even harsher when seen worldwide

    where no Orange-Promo is existing,
    -> as there is no Orange GSM Network Service at all existing -

    so those residents only have the option to buy the
    899.- Euro - / 1170 USD toMDAfourtofivetimesasexpensive Treo 600 -

    as this is the only chance for those customers to be part of the
    (very cost intensive) club.

    BTW - as there are tens to > 100 carriers in europe existing
    - not just 3 - 4 like in the US -
    - it is always a good idea for travelers in Europe being able
    to plug in a local Prepaid SIM for avoiding extensive roaming costs
    on incoming calls etc.

    no way - this is not possible with a simlocked (Orange) device...

    Markus
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    Originally posted by MarkusSchneider


    there are lots of countries in Europe
    (Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain etc. + for example)
    and even harsher when seen worldwide

    Markus
    I was only quoting from my experience and restricting it to the UK. Why are none of the carriers in other european countries not offering deals?

    It's not often that the UK is cheaper than the rest of Europe. One thing is gauranteed - the mobile phone companies are not losing money (however much they say so).
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