PDA News – Treo giveaway, Buy pizza–get a Blackberry, HTC Blizzard?

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United Airlines offers free Treo with $500 in airfare

United Airlines and Cingular are offering a free Treo 650 smartphone to any UAL Mileage Plus customer who buys a ticket for at least $500. Quite a steep price, all the more so considering that you have to activate the Treo on Cingular with a two-year voice and data service contract, but possibly appealing for some business travellers. Offer ends January 6th, 2006.




Free Blackberry 7100g with pizza, side order, and beverages

This has really got to be one of the most bizarre promotions I have ever seen. Papa John’s Pizza and Research In Motion have teamed up to offer free Blackberries to anyone who orders a pizza, side order, and two 20 ounce beverages online. The catch is that you also have to sign up for two years of voice and data service from Cingular, but if you’re already in the market for a Blackberry, this might be a good way to bypass the usual $200 pricetag.



Rumor: HTC Blizzard candy-bar PPC phone

PhoneMag.com has acquired a photo of what is supposed to be a new HTC built PocketPC phone, code-named Blizzard, that is designed in the form-factor of HTC’s candybar Windows Smartphones. According to PhoneMag, the device is a full PocketPC with a touchscreen, and has two cameras, one forward for use as a video phone, and a high-resolution camera on the back, rated at 1 to 3 MP.

I tend to doubt this. The device shown in the image is running Windows Mobile 2003, an OS now two iterations out of date. Any new device from HTC should be running Windows Mobile 5. While it’s possible that the device is real, and the screenshot is simply a placeholder, the image also lacks the supposed camera for video conferencing. While it would be nice to see a full PocketPC phone in the size of one of HTC’s smartphones, I don’t think this is it.



iTunes 5 syncs with Outlook

Apple’s newest version of iTunes, 5.0, now fully supports syncing contact and calendar data with Microsoft Outlook. While Apple has said that they have no interest in building a PDA, one has to wonder whether feature creep is going to bring the iPod closer than originally intended.




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