Verizon announces v710 Bluetooth phone available in August
Long anticipated but never officially confirmed, Verizon has announced availability of the Motorola v710 Bluetooth phone starting in August. Also, the v710 will be priced at only $249 with new activation, significantly less than the expected $300-400. Even further, the v710 may qualify for Verizon’s smartphone service plan, offering unlimited data transfer for $45 per month. Wonderful, right? Is Verizon, with their faster 1xRTT data network and massive coverage, finally going to give mobile users the capabilities they’ve been dying for? Well… maybe not. From Gizmodo:
Word on the street, though, is that the Bluetooth connectivity is crippled and can only be used with a few wireless earpieces and Verizon Wireless’s proprietary syncing software. Now that sounds more like the Verizon we know.
Now, there is a word for this level of treachery–many of them, in fact. But most of them aren’t suitable for use in such a public forum, unless it’s a Deadwood fan site. But the fact is, I’m left speechless. It’s just so apalling that I can’t even get angry–I just have to shake my head. And it does sound like Verizon’s business as usual.
On the other hand, if this is false, believe me that I’ll be singing it from the rooftops. Either way, we should know for certain within a few weeks.
PalmOne giving away trip package, Zire 72s
As a publicity stunt linked to the release of the movie ‘Little Black Book’ which features a Tungsten C handheld, PalmOne is giving away a number of Zire 72s. From PalmOne:
The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to a future Revolution Studios movie premiere in the United States and two Zire 72 handhelds from palmOne with “Little Black Book” custom black leather cases. Second prize is six movie tickets and six Zire 72 handhelds. The third prize winner will receive two movie tickets and two Zire 72 handhelds.
Entries are submitted via the PalmOne website.
Report: iPaq hx4700 price increased
From PocketPC Thoughts:
This isn’t something I can confirm, but an anonymous source tipped me off that hp has changed the price of the iPaq hx4700 from $599 USD to $649 USD on their internal price lists. Ouch! These are likely last minute pricing changes before the product reaches the market in reaction to changing market conditions – what other competitors are doing, etc. This doesn’t bode well for those of us interested in the hx4700 (I count myself among those people), but we can always hope someone at hp changes their mind.
Backing up this report, eCost and CDW are both now listing the hx4705 at $649. Seriously, what is HP thinking? Not only is their new line largely uninspiring in features, but the one model with genuine appeal is priced so high that airliners can fly under it. It almost seems like HP has regressed to the days of the iPaq 3900, when they could get away with recycling designs and charging a premium for it.