Sighting of a Windows Mobile Treo Reported

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Late last year, a rumor went around that palmOne is developing a Windows Mobile version of the Treo.

Recently, a reporter for newswireless.net claims to have seen a working model of this device.

The unit was supposedly in the hands of an executive of the European wireless carrier Orange, which offered both the Treo 600 and Treo 650.

Reportedly, the Treo was running Windows Mobile 2005.

This smartphone was put away before any pictures were obtained.

Some Background

In early November of last year, a stock analyst from Needham & Co. said that palmOne “tacitly admitted” that it is developing a member of its Treo line that will run Windows Mobile for Smartphones.

Later that month, the rumor went around that palmOne is working on a Treo-type smartphone for Dell.

palmOne disputes both of these reports, but says that it is “open to evaluating products using additional operating systems if doing so would grow the marketplace or otherwise meet customer needs that currently are not addressed.”

Still, the company’s basic feeling is that “the Palm OS today has the best combination of power, ease of use, user interface, and flexibility to innovate on top of the OS.”

Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.

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