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  1. #41  
    Quote Originally Posted by Dafydd
    We have seen a press release that should not have been posted.
    We have not.
  2. #42  
    ....anywho....

    How much are the 650s goin' for? I wanna get one, but has to be within the budget.

    Also, if I'm havin' problems with my 600 and I bought it off of eBay, how would I have those handled?
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  3. #43  
    Quote Originally Posted by Un4given
    ....anywho....

    How much are the 650s goin' for? I wanna get one, but has to be within the budget.
    Check back in on Monday.
  4. #44  
    Quote Originally Posted by SeldomVisitor
    We have not.
    YES, the entire interview was posted on this site. I'll try to find it.
  5. #45  
    Here it is:

    October 18, 2004
    PalmOne Releases 'Smarter' Treo 650
    By Susan Kuchinskas


    PalmOne (Quote, Chart) unveiled a spate of new features in the Treo 650, including improved e-mail and networking support.

    While PalmOne has added an MP3 player and Bluetooth (define) support, the goal with this release was to improve upon a good thing, said Greg Shirai, director of product marketing for the Milpitas, Calif.-based Palm spin-off.

    "I think we've listened," Shirai said. Users were generally quite happy with the smartphone, he said, but they did have a wish list: a better camera, higher-resolution display, Bluetooth and a removable battery. PalmOne added those, along with some enhancements to the software and tweaks to the hardware.

    "It's a better Treo 600," he said.

    The new device retains the Treo form factor, with a color screen atop a mini QWERTY keyboard. The display is 320 by 320 pixels for greater clarity and resolution. The keyboard has been arranged in a slight "smile," allowing for slightly larger and flatter keys with larger symbols on them. The two most-used buttons, Menu and Launcher, were moved above the keyboard on either side of the navigation control, while Send and End buttons have been added.

    "Now, all the keys are within thumb reach," Shirai said.

    The 650 has a removable battery, so that users can pack two batteries instead of the charger. More important, Flash memory storage not only accommodates battery switching, but ensures that data won't be lost if the charge is.

    The camera includes a 2X digital zoom and takes better pictures in low-light situations. There's a mirror for snapping self-portraits. PalmOne improved the camera interface for greater usability and to support the new zoom function.

    While Bluetooth hasn't taken off in the United States as it has in Europe, its wireless connectivity to peripherals will become more important, Shirai said, as high-end auto makers install Bluetooth in "smart cars" that, among other features, allow drivers to cradle the mobile phone and make hands-free telephone calls while driving.

    One hardware change may not be so popular with Treo fanatics eager to upgrade. The cable connector has been changed to match that used by the Tungsten line; therefore, accessories purchased for use with the Treo 600 won't fit.

    Shirai said the company wanted to standardize the part across the product lines, as well as to use a more modern connector. "The older connector was about four years old, and it was out of spec." Worse, the old connector doesn't support audio out, making it incompatible with those smart cars.

    To support and encourage use of the 650's multimedia capabilities, a new messaging application, developed by PalmOne, combines multimedia and text messaging, making it easy to include audio, photos and short video clips in messages from within one interface.

    A new e-mail application, VersaMail, supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, IMAP and POP. The 600 supports only IMAP.

    "We now support Exchange Server out of the box," Shirai said. "If your IT department has turned on Exchange 2003, you can now wirelessly synch your calendar and e-mail." Thanks to the agreement with Microsoft, Shirai said that the 650 now supports most consumer and enterprise e-mail applications.

    An interoperability deal between PalmSource and Research in Motion could complete the picture. "We are very eager for PalmSource to finish RIM," Shirai said, "because this is the ideal platform for their e-mail. When we have that, we feel that across the board we will have the most comprehensive choices."

    While PalmOne is known as the hardware spin-off from the company formerly known as Palm, in fact, the company designs much of the software for its products, which include the budget Zire line of PDAs, the professional-grade Tungsten and the Treo smartphone series. PalmOne also includes Handspring, acquired by Palm in 2003. PalmSource, the other spin-off from Palm, maintains the Palm operating systems and works with third-party developers.

    "Most of our engineers are software engineers," Shirai said. "All the telephony libraries, the carrier customization and all the carrier-specific applications were originally handled by Handspring and now by PalmOne. On the wireless side, we are ahead of what PalmSource has developed."

    The Treo 650 will first become available through wireless carriers. Although PalmOne hasn't disclosed which telcos will offer the 650, it will be released in two flavors: a CDMA/1XRTT dual-band radio that can be used over the Verizon and Sprint networks, and a quad-band GSM with EDGE support, the GPRS protocols used by AT&T, Cingular and T-Mobile.

    Shirai said that carriers should announce the availability of the 650 in the next few weeks, with the product actually available before the holiday shopping season.
  6. #46  
    Quotes from the interview from one of the big wigs inside P1 (Shirai), who was quoted in this write up. This page was removed after links showed up here on the site. I am pretty sure it will show back up on the official release date. - Let me quess, this too can be shrugged off as a rumor too, SV?
  7. #47  
    An article is not a press release - one is not official (and a withdrawn article is even less so), one is official whether withdrawn or not.

    Thank you for playing and come back again next time!

    Or on Monday.
  8. #48  
    Quote Originally Posted by SeldomVisitor
    An article is not a press release - one is not official (and a withdrawn article is even less so), one is official whether withdrawn or not.

    Thank you for playing and come back again next time!

    Or on Monday.
    In that case, I see no reason why you put so much stock in a pulled mention of some sort of story by TC staff either. Why do you keep mentioning Monday if you yourself have said that it could be rumor because it's pulled?

    This game is so easy.
  9. #49  
    Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!
  10. #50  
    Quote Originally Posted by silverado
    In that case, I see no reason why you put so much stock in a pulled mention of some sort of story by TC staff either. Why do you keep mentioning Monday if you yourself have said that it could be rumor because it's pulled?

    This game is so easy.
    Oh - did TreoCentral PULL their mention of Monday!!?

    (BTW - I said TreoCentral's mention of Monday was NOT rumor - how could you POSSIBLY misunderstand what I said about that!? E.g.:

    -- http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...5&postcount=25

    and, except for the joke at the end:

    -- http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...7&postcount=36
    )
    Last edited by SeldomVisitor; 10/21/2004 at 03:50 PM.
  11. #51  
    Quote Originally Posted by SeldomVisitor
    Oh - did TreoCentral PULL their mention of Monday!!?

    (BTW - I said TreoCentral's mention of Monday was NOT rumor - how could you POSSIBLY misunderstand what I said about that!?)
    Hmmm... I think I undersood that because you said it here (emphasis added):

    What comes directly out of TreoCentral ABOUT TreoCentral, however, is presumeably fact.

    TreoCentral says Monday they're getting their hands on The Next Best Thing - strangely, I can't find that post! - during some sort of "outing" by PalmOne at CTIA.

    That's not rumor.

    Except I can't find the post...

    Hmmm...

    Maybe it IS rumor!

    Giggle.
    Last edited by silverado; 10/21/2004 at 03:59 PM.
  12. #52  
    So...like...uh...did TreoCentral pull the mention of Monday?
  13. #53  
    Ah... your posts are so complex. So a giggle at the end of a post nullifies the whole thing? Please advise.
  14. #54  
    Okay... enough of this fruitless quest for now... gotta get back to work. Unfortunately, I don't get paid for posting to bulletin boards.
  15. #55  
    Quote Originally Posted by silverado
    Okay... enough of this fruitless quest for now... gotta get back to work. Unfortunately, I don't get paid for posting to bulletin boards.
    I'm getting paid right now to post to bulletin boards, my employeer just doesn't know it.
    Let me get back to work before I get fired and have no money to get myself a new, converged device
  16. #56  
    Quote Originally Posted by SeldomVisitor
    So...like...uh...did TreoCentral pull the mention of Monday?
    Hey SV, is this the post you are talking about?

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...603#post429603
  17. #57  
    Quote Originally Posted by lazyazz
    Hey SV, is this the post you are talking about?

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...603#post429603
    Unfortunately, no.

    The one I'm typing about explicitily says treocentral is gonna get their hands on a TRE0 650 for a couple hours on Monday when PalmOne does something-or-other the words about which I forget! There were responses to that post along the line of "two hours doesn't seem like much!".
  18. #58  
    Quote Originally Posted by SeldomVisitor
    Unfortunately, no.

    The one I'm typing about explicitily says treocentral is gonna get their hands on a TRE0 650 for a couple hours on Monday when PalmOne does something-or-other the words about which I forget! There were responses to that post along the line of "two hours doesn't seem like much!".
    Ahh, then it must be this one

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...881#post419881
  19. #59  
    "Since I'm a "computer guy" I have computers - relatively big powerful computers - essentially everywhere I stand still for a moment. No need for a phone to do that stuff at all."

    Please do not feed SV, his head is already as big as his almighty "BIG POWERFUL COMPUTERS" that he stairs at all day long, THAT IS THE REASON HE HAS SUCH A BIG NEGATIVE ATTITUDE because of the ringing in his ears from all the "BIG POWERFUL COMPUTERS" that he has to look at all day. Pathetic life.
  20. #60  
    Quote Originally Posted by BssinRVer
    "Since I'm a "computer guy" I have computers - relatively big powerful computers - essentially everywhere I stand still for a moment. No need for a phone to do that stuff at all."

    Please do not feed SV, his head is already as big as his almighty "BIG POWERFUL COMPUTERS" that he stairs at all day long, THAT IS THE REASON HE HAS SUCH A BIG NEGATIVE ATTITUDE because of the ringing in his ears from all the "BIG POWERFUL COMPUTERS" that he has to look at all day. Pathetic life.
    Sorry, I have no drama in my life, so I have to get my fix from somwhere.
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