Palm Inc. has made it official that the Treo 750v, made for Vodafone, will be free with a modest data plan. It also talked about a new low-cost Treo for the U.S. to help falling Treo sales in carrier outlets.
At this point, it’s quite probable that we’ll see a U.S. version of the Treo 750v at less than $200 — and potentially free — within the next two months.
Palm OS or Windows?
Any time you’re talking about cheap, you’re generally not talking about Windows. While far from official, indications thus far seem to point to Palm using the Palm OS in its upcoming low-cost Treo for the U.S. market. Given that the target audience will be first time smartphone users, many would agree that the more simplified Palm OS makes for a better choice.
GSM and CDMA Versions
The biggest question mark at this point is which carriers will offer this model. The current 750v is based on the GSM platform, and rumors have been circulating that Cingular has a Treo up their sleeve for release in late October, early November.
T-Mobile could use the help, but with HTC Dash supposedly coming out in October, do they really need a product that would overlap this so closely?
No comments have been made about supporting CDMA with the U.S. unit, but with Palm’s recently-announced focus on all international markets (including those that use CDMA), and Sprint and Verizon combining for a giant chunk of the U.S. market, it seems likely there will be two flavors of the U.S. Treo 750, or whatever it will be labeled.
Making both a CDMA and GSM version seems plausible as Palm said there will be 20 carriers of this low-cost Treo out of the gate.