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    I spoke with T-Mobile Wireless Data Group and asked about their plans for the Treo 600. The person I spoke with confirmed that they are currently testing the 600. He said that Handspring will be initially selling the 600 and T-Mobile will support it and that Handspring will be announcing carrier spport on their website. He said that a rough date for when it will be available from Handspring is mid-October. He suggested that I keep watching Handspring's website for announcements on GSM carrier support.

    Nothing completely new here, but more corroboration of information we obtained from many sources. However, he made it sound like carrier-sold GSM 600's are not coming out immediately in the US and that the phones will initially be sold by Handspring directly. I don't know if that's based on intimate knowledge or if he was just extrapolating based on what happened with the 270. This doesn't exactly fit with other stories on this board and elsewhere.
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    Thanks for the info. I am waiting for a GSM T600 in the US myself m00se
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    Why the preference to GSM? Doesn't Sprint have the best data network?
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    hmm. interesting. I guess that means I'll have to hope for handspring discounts/trade-ups and not some nice carrier deal. Hopefully handspring will offer a discount for a decent amount of time and not just a few weeks after launch.

    As far as Sprint goes, there's no way I'd switch to them. Their phone coverage sucks around here, even if their data plan is nice. And don't they use their own weird form of SMS?

    I'm sure plenty of other carriers will eventually follow suit with well-priced data plans anyway. In fact T-mobile already has an unlimited $20 add-on plan if I remember correctly, and I'm already a T-mobile customer. I'd also much rather stick with them if I get the Treo600 before the date where you can keep your cellphone number when changing carriers in November.
    Last edited by jennyfur; 09/23/2003 at 01:04 PM.
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    My order will be placed the moment Handspring makes the announcement!!!!
    Did this with the Visor Prism, Visor Phone, and the T270.

    So Purple Queen, eat your heart out, I'm with Handspring all the way!
    Ed
    Visor Deluxe, Prism, Visorphone, Treo 270, Treo 600, Treo 650, and am eagerly waiting for the next generation Treo...but wait...is that the iPhone????
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    Originally posted by Mort
    Why the preference to GSM? Doesn't Sprint have the best data network?
    Sprint has lousy customer service. T-Mobile's rates are better IMO and their customer service is great. Their data service is not as fast as Sprint's but I can live with that. You can roam internationally with GSM phones and T-Mobile offers international roaming without monthly fees. Also GSM has real SMS that you can send and receive worldwide (i.e., you can SMS someone in Europe for the same price as a local SMS message). You get large buckets of SMS's for a few dollars (e.g., 300/mo for 2.99 or unlimited for ~$5).
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    For me the reasons to stick with GSM:
    1) SIM cards. However svelte the T600 is there will always be occasions that I will want to use my super compact phone instead of the treo. With GSM all i have to do is pop out the SIM card and pop it into the other phone.
    2) Also for some very strange reason that little bulge on the top of the Sprint T600 drives me bonkers - for me it destroys the design of the phone.
    3)Battery life
    4) GSM is perfectly fine in most major US cities - where I spend 99.9% of my time.

    I will miss that faster data transfer of Sprint - but don't even try the customer service argument - i have called my wireless provider customer service once in three years - hardly worth the switch
    Last edited by bscheffel; 09/23/2003 at 07:19 PM.
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    Originally posted by silverado
    I spoke with T-Mobile Wireless Data Group and asked about their plans for the Treo 600. The person I spoke with confirmed that they are currently testing the 600.
    Cool, you got more information out of the Wireless Data Group than I got out of Customer Service, which is typical when it comes to new products.
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    I suspect that some of the carriers may wait out the potential chaos of number portability until the dust settles before stocking inventory of the 600. Holiday sales will make this a tight timeline for them to delay with though.

    -THP
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    I received this information from T-Mobile corporate in Irvine, CA this morning when I inquired about getting a Treo 600. The company I work for has had dealings with T-Mobile corporate in Irvine, CA a few months ago:

    "Thank you for contacting me. T-Mobile has not yet launched the Handspring
    Treo 600 device. It is my anticipation that a launch date will be announced
    in the immediate future. I have requested specific dates from my marketing
    organization and will notify you as soon as possible. We do have a number
    of products that will suite your needs. I will contact you later today to
    discuss in detail."
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    Originally posted by silverado
    I spoke with T-Mobile Wireless Data Group and asked about their plans for the Treo 600. The person I spoke with confirmed that they are currently testing the 600. He said that Handspring will be initially selling the 600 and T-Mobile will support it and that Handspring will be announcing carrier spport on their website. He said that a rough date for when it will be available from Handspring is mid-October. He suggested that I keep watching Handspring's website for announcements on GSM carrier support.

    Nothing completely new here, but more corroboration of information we obtained from many sources. However, he made it sound like carrier-sold GSM 600's are not coming out immediately in the US and that the phones will initially be sold by Handspring directly. I don't know if that's based on intimate knowledge or if he was just extrapolating based on what happened with the 270. This doesn't exactly fit with other stories on this board and elsewhere.
    This is EXACTLY what happened with the 270. HS sold it together with T-Mobile service agreements as if they were a simple re-seller. The phones were unlabeled and the only way you could identify the service provider was to look at the top of the screen and you'd see the word VoiceStream. No labels on the phone, no proprietary welcome screens...

    I don't think you saw the 270 in actual T-Mobile stores for a few MONTHS after HS started selling them directly.
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    Originally posted by Mort
    Why the preference to GSM? Doesn't Sprint have the best data network?
    I have heard that Sprint's network is faster but honestly I don't giva a ****. Sprint's coverage is just awful in my area. I was the "Can you hear me know" man the whole time I had Sprint. Dropped calls, weak coverage in really small buildings and plans that cost too much all were pains in my side.

    But beyond that, with number portability coming soon, there is know way I would want to invest in a Treo 600 that can only run on their network. The networks of all carriers will continue to undergo change and improvement and sticking with Sprint is just too damn limiting. When number portability hits, I want to be able to move my number and my device as both are equally important to me.
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    Didn't get any follow up form one of the T-Mobile contacts in Irvine, but I did get another email from another T-Mobile corporate contact who said that the best person to address my request would be back in the office next Monday.
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    Originally posted by zipmitz


    This is EXACTLY what happened with the 270. HS sold it together with T-Mobile service agreements as if they were a simple re-seller. The phones were unlabeled and the only way you could identify the service provider was to look at the top of the screen and you'd see the word VoiceStream. No labels on the phone, no proprietary welcome screens...

    I don't think you saw the 270 in actual T-Mobile stores for a few MONTHS after HS started selling them directly.
    Yes. I bought my Treo 270 direct from HS. Put in my T-Mo SIM and it worked. On the other hand, I had to use a dial connection to my ISP for months before T-Mo released the GPRS support. Do not want to go through that again.

    I will probably buy my phone from the first organization to offer me one; more likely to be HS than T-Mo or TC.

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