palmOne Giving Away Dozens of Treo 650s (Updated)

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To celebrate selling over a million Treo smartphones, palmOne is going to give away dozens of its latest model, the Treo 650.

Starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time today, the company will give a Treo away every five minutes. The giveaway will last until midnight EDT.

Update: The contest is over.

palmOne is also going to give out discount coupons for items in its Treo Store.

“Since the Treo 180 began shipping in 2002, we’ve sold more than 1.7 million Treo devices, and customers continue to regard the Treo as one of the best smartphones on the market,” said Page Murray, palmOne vice president of marketing. “This ‘Thanks a Million’ promotion is our way of saying thank you.”

To enter the contest, people must take an interactive tour of the Treo 650.

The ‘Thanks a Million’ contest is open only to legal residents of the United States.

To learn more, or enter the contest when it starts at noon today, visit the palmOne web site.

An Overview of the Treo 650

The Treo 650 is palmOne’s latest smartphone, and the company’s new flagship model. As a smartphone, this device has been designed to be both a handheld and a mobile phone in one.

Treo 650 Most users agree that viewing web pages on the Treo 650 is much more satisfying than on typical smartphones because it includes a 320-by-320 pixel display, a much higher resolution than most of its competition.

To make writing email and SMS messages easier, this model has a small QWERTY keyboard below the screen.

In addition, the Treo 650 includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets. It still isn’t clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it can not.

This smartphone runs Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 312 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.

The Treo 650 has only 23 MB of built-in Storage capacity, so the device’s SD card slot is an important feature.

Also, it has an 1,800 mAh swappable battery, which palmOne says is good for up to 6 hours talk time and up to 300 hours standby time.

The Treo 650 is 4.4 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (113 by 59 by 23 mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).

This new model’s built-in camera is capable of taking both still images and video. Maximum resolution is 640 by 480 pixels for photos or 352 by 288 pixels for videos.

The device being given away by palmOne is almost certainly the unlocked GSM/GPRS quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) version.

Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.

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