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    Thank you for your advice I have recieved in other threads. I went ahead and decided to get the Treo 650. I was thinking about getting a regular palm but I thought that I would not carry that with me everywhere. Since I always carry my cell phone, I will always carry the Treo. Thanks to you guys, I was able to get the 15% off from Palmone and get a reasonable price. This is going to be my first Palm device. What are the must knows with using this device? Also, what are some of the capabilities of this device that a Treo-illiterate (term in another thread) person would not know?
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    There's not too much your new Treo won't be able to do with the right software. In my opinion, software is the key to having a stable device. Don't inundate your device with free applications, as they usually lack the compatibility that a program you pay for offers. There's several threads on here about essential software, but here's my list of essentials in no particular order:

    1. ZLauncher
    2. Butler
    3. BackupbuddyVFS
    4. Pocket Express by Handmark
    5. PocketTunes
    6. Ringo
    7. Uninstall Manager
    8. MobileDB
    9. SplashMoney
    10. TCPMP - "the core" media player. It's free and not even in beta yet, but stable.

    Also, be sure to search for answers before posting. You will undoubtedly incur the wrath of the flamers if you don't search first. Also, the mods are supposedly going to start cracking down on unnecessary posts in the near future.

    I hope you enjoy your new device and welcome to TC!
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    i agree with misterfuhrman about the apps. load them on slowly one at a time. it's what i did and haven't had a single problem with my phone. the only issue is that for some reason zap2016 was causing soft resets. so i deleted the file and haven't had an issue. secondly, get zlauncher. it's invaluable. with that and pocket tunes you'll be good to go for a while.
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    I am an avid user of iTunes. Is the pocket tunes linked with iTunes and able to play the AAC format?
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    Quote Originally Posted by string3599
    I am an avid user of iTunes. Is the pocket tunes linked with iTunes and able to play the AAC format?
    Unfortunately not. However, you can listing to Shoutcast and other streaming audio over the internet with it. It's great for listening to ESPN radio at work.

    I'm almost certain there's no phone or program out there that can play AAC songs. That's why there's such a buzz about Motorola's supposed new iTunes phone that's in production.
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    Go easy on the apps and do your research here and on the developers site BEFORE loading it. I found that if you're not sure about the app, try emailing the developer and see how fast and detailed they are in responding to you. If they don't care to get back to you at all or in a decent amount of time then they don't care to know about your problems.... hence the crappy app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterFuhrman
    Unfortunately not. However, you can listing to Shoutcast and other streaming audio over the internet with it. It's great for listening to ESPN radio at work.

    I'm almost certain there's no phone or program out there that can play AAC songs. That's why there's such a buzz about Motorola's supposed new iTunes phone that's in production.
    To play 'protected' AAC songs downloaded from the iTunes music store, you can use the iTunes application to burn your songs onto a music CD (basically what you would get if you bought a CD album at a store), then import the CD music back into iTunes as MP3s. It's cumbersome (since you only get about an hour of music per CD) but it works. While I'm no lawyer, I would expect that since you're using the iTunes application for everything (and of course you NEVER share your MP3s with anyone else), you're not violating any copyright laws.

    If you have Toast or some other CD burner application, you can "burn" a virtual CD rather than a physical CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterFuhrman
    Unfortunately not. However, you can listing to Shoutcast and other streaming audio over the internet with it. It's great for listening to ESPN radio at work.

    I'm almost certain there's no phone or program out there that can play AAC songs. That's why there's such a buzz about Motorola's supposed new iTunes phone that's in production.
    Actually, as of last week, AeroPlayer can play non-DRM AAC files.
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    When you say "non-DRM", does that mean you can not play songs you bought from the music store? Thanks for the link by the way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by string3599
    When you say "non-DRM", does that mean you can not play songs you bought from the music store? Thanks for the link by the way!
    That's right. There's no problem with AAC files that you rip directly from your own CDs; on the other hand, this page explains how you can remove digital rights management from those AAC files you bought from the music store.
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    I too just purchased the treo from TC. Can anyone enlighten me in how long it will take to get the phone. I also did not get to select a phone number or area code. What is the process for this. I am new to sprint, so any info would be great.

    I am so excited about this phone. I have wanted one since the 600 was released, but the other half wasn't too thriled about sprint until we moved up to nocal where the reception is better.
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    Treo
    Quote Originally Posted by string3599
    What are the must knows with using this device? Also, what are some of the capabilities of this device that a Treo-illiterate (term in another thread) person would not know?
    Hello string3599,

    This is Kevin from palmOne. Congrats on your new Treo.
    The TC members here have given you perhaps the single most important piece of advice. Know your third-party software and take your time installing them. This will help insure that your experience is issue free.
    That said, I encourage you to take a look at palmOne's Support pages. Just pick your particular model from the dropdown box and you'll be taken to its front page. Lots of information there. Also, you may want to register it here to keep up to date on any information regarding discounts or promotional offers.

    You've come to a great spot here at TC; as you can see, there are many very knowledgeable folks here willing to lend help.

    Enjoy!

    Kevin
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    kevin.michaels@palm.com
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    Check out what’s new at
    http://www.palm.com/
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    Here's my Treo newb's Top Ten List:

    1. I would d/l the manual while the thing is being shipped so you can avoid not RTFM'ing before you start playng with it.

    2. The manual lays out a very good approach to learning how to use it an avoiding problems with the First Day - First Week - First Month approach. Try and resist the urge to load 50 apps the 1st day. You want to know the hardware works before you start introducing more variables into the equation.

    3. Visit northglide.com site and grab the NeatFreakPak as your 1st software purchase. Uninstall Manager tracks what files get installed AND the files which get created by the app. So when you remove the program via Uninstall Manager, you don't leave numerous remnants behind. Install the PamOne desktop application, then NeatFreakpak, then the extra software stuff on the CD

    4. Install no more thna 1 program per Hotsync. This lets UM better track what belongs to which program. Install 3 apps at a time and UM may ask you if you want parts of the other 2 removed when you uninstall the 1st one.

    5. Try and limit yourself to 2 or 3 apps a day. Bugaboos may not appear for a day or two.

    6. If you are a Cingular dude, grab your 128 MB Free SD Card, (this is no longer available to Sprint users.)...will likely expire for Cingular users on May 5th.
    http://web.palmone.com/support/sd.jhtml

    7. Recommend yourself for a new Treo to get bonus points in the Payback Program. The come back and register. You get 100 palm bucks for registering in the program, 2200 for taking your own advice and buying your new Treo after recommending yourself, and 5 more for each person you send an e-mail to recommending the Treo. This accounts for discounts from the Plam store. Register the 650 for warranty purposes not Palmbucks and get more discounts.

    8. Apps you'll wanna look at include:

    Stuff on the CD like DocsToGo, Solitaire, Zap, etc

    Adobe Reader for Palm 3.05 $ 0.00
    http://www.adobe.com/products/acroba...te.html#PalmOS
    Self explanatory

    BackUpBuddyBundle 2.10 $ 34.95
    http://store.yahoo.com/bluenomad/baandbabu.html
    One part backs up ya Treo to Desktop, the other to SD Crad

    Crash 2.11 $ 0.00
    http://www.79bmedia.de/content/view/12/49/
    Saves ya from removing the cover when the 650 crashes.

    Grab the DataViz Tech tool to go with the DocsToGo app on the PalmOne CD. This allows you to move the programs to the SD card.
    http://support.dataviz.com/support.s...13395&pid=2000

    FileZ 6.50 $ 0.00
    http://www.nosleep.net/
    File Manager Utility...every Treo owner has it.

    FlightStatus 1.01 $ 0.00
    http://www.freewarepalm.com/travel/flightstatus.shtml
    Allows you to chevck Flight Status of airlines

    HandyShopper 2.9b $ 0.00
    http://www.freewarepalm.com/database...-english.shtml
    IconManager 1.6b $ 0.00
    http://www.palmgear.com/index.cfm?fu...e&prodID=47054
    Grab these to handle just about any databse type application you can think of.

    Metro 5.2.8 $ 0.00
    http://www.nanika.net/Metro
    Gets you around town via public transport in about 200 cities

    NeatFreakPak 3.37b $ 18.50
    http://www.northglide.com/
    We covered this already

    PalmPuke 0.50 $ 0.00
    http://www.chronologic.se/Palm/palmpuke.html
    Makes a noise if your SD card pops out

    PowerRun 1.30 $ 15.00
    http://simple-palm.com/index-e.html
    Allows you to easily store program son SD card

    PowerUp 2.40 $ 0.00
    http://mytreo.net/downloads/details-418.html?PowerUp
    Utility that turns on phone after restart and makes Palm always open to same app

    Stoic 1.0a $ 0.00
    http://www.palmgear.com/index.cfm?fu...=&prodID=57510
    Lets you have Palm Stay On In Cradle

    Thumbscan 1.06 $ 0.00
    http://www.headrush.net/palm/
    Nice goof...scans thumbprint (make believe) and let's you pass / fail as you choose.

    TideTool 2.20 $ 0.00
    http://www.toolworks.com/bilofsky/tidetool/
    Kepps track of tides fpor us fisherman types

    TimeManagerPad (TMP) 1.0 $ 16.95
    http://lilredspider.com/TMP/features.html
    My favoroite "Today" application

    TrackerDog 2.11 $ 0.00
    http://trackerdog.a0soft.com/
    Checks for program updates for all your installed apps

    TreoAlarm 0.98 $ 0.00
    http://www.treoalarm.com/download.html
    Sets alarms, gets weather, turns phone on / off

    VoiceDial 2.00 $ 19.95
    http://www.voicesignal.com/index.php3
    14 day trial comes on CD....I bought it after 10 minutes. Let's you say "Call Joe Blow" to phone and it dials it.

    There's the inevitable Launcher investigation where you'll pour over the 350 threads here on what launcher is people's favorite. Then it will be onto picking a mp3 player, ringtones and considering an alternate e-mail app.

    9. Study the software compatability list
    http://www.palmfocus.com/treo650software.asp

    10. Troll the TC boards for headset choices, my choice came down to the Sony 662 (soon to be released update to the 660) or the Treo Wireless Headset (w/ Jabra ear gels).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackNaylorPE
    7. Recommend yourself for a new Treo to get bonus points in the Payback Program. The come back and register. You get 100 palm bucks for registering in the program, 2200 for taking your own advice and buying your new Treo after recommending yourself, and 5 more for each person you send an e-mail to recommending the Treo. This accounts for discounts from the Plam store. Register the 650 for warranty purposes not Palmbucks and get more discounts.
    Where is this done? I would assume palm website.
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    A search here on the TC Forum on "PalmBucks" comes back with this thread

    http://discuss.treocentral.com/showt...ight=Palmbucks

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