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    Probably should have asked this question earlier. Just ordered a Treo 650 that is unlocked and unbranded. I understand the advantages to being unlocked but what would the disadvantages be? Also, what would the advantages and disadvantages of an unbranded Treo? My service provider is Cingular.
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    Other than having the necessary Cingular settings pre-programed into the phone and the Cingular specific applications (X-Press Mail etc.) I can't think of any real differences.

    Firmware upgrades are not released any faster for the unbranded or Cingular versions so it really doesn't make much difference.
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    I think not having the Cingular specific software on the phone is a plus.
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    When you come to sell it, the unbranded, unlocked phone will be worth more.
    Unlocked GSM Treo 650, Holux GPSlim236 GPS BT receiver & Tom Tom v5.201
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Joe
    I think not having the Cingular specific software on the phone is a plus.
    Only if you don't plan on ever using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeProcter
    When you come to sell it, the unbranded, unlocked phone will be worth more.
    I don't buy that.

    The Cingular branded phone can be unlocked.

    Price will be determined by demand and nothing else.
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    When I sold my Orange Uk Treo 600's, the unbranded ones went for more than my Orange UK one, even though it was unlocked.

    I certainly would prefer to have an unbranded phone with my Vodafone UK sim in rather than an Orange UK phone with a Vodafone sim in. So I bought an unlocked GSM Treo 650

    Agreed price is reflected by demand, but given a choice & a generally small premium, ebayers in the UK tended to pay more for unbranded ones first, the unlocked branded second & then the locked branded ones last, even though they could be cheaply unlocked.
    Unlocked GSM Treo 650, Holux GPSlim236 GPS BT receiver & Tom Tom v5.201
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    Being new at this, what type of Cingular settings will I need? I have a sim card from an existing phone as well as a data package. Someone also mentioned Xpress Mail, not sure what the difference in that and Versa Mail is, can you explain?
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    I've got an unbranded unlocked T650 GSM and I don't find any disadvantages; the mail program that comes with it works fine. I'm running my original Orange Sim card and I've cancelled my orange insurance as they wouldn't be interested also I expect I would have to wait longer if it went unserviable as I would be relying on the vendor to replace or Palm to repair, whereas I could get a replacement out of my service provider quicker. (I'm keeping my T600 as a back up just incase!)

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