Significant System Updates Released for Treo 650

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palmOne has released a software update for Sprint’s version of the Treo 650, and another update for the version of this smartphone that isn’t locked to any specific carrier.

These ROM updates bring significant improvements to these two models.

Sprint Version

When Sprint first launched its version of the Treo 650 last year, it drew a great deal of criticism because Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking (DUN) had been disabled on the device. This meant that the Treo 650 couldn’t be used as a wireless modem for other computers, like laptops.

According to Sprint, the implementation of DUN in the Treo 650 was buggy, and it was disabled until a patch could be put together that fixed the problems.

This promise has now been fulfilled by Treo 650 Updater 1.12 for Sprint PCS, a ROM update that brings Bluetooth DUN to this model.

An unofficial hack that added DUN to this model has been available for many months, but the new version should be less buggy than the original.

This isn’t the only improvement in this ROM update. It also:

  • Adds support for more Bluetooth carkits, including Acura, BMW, Chrysler and Toyota Prius
  • Reduces post-dial delay before a call is connected
  • Provides additional ways to send a SMS message from the Missed Call Alert or Call Log
  • Updates VersaMail to version 3.1 to enhance stability and add improvements

This ROM update also includes all the improvements that were in the update released for this model in March.

To learn more, or download Treo 650 Updater 1.12 for Sprint PCS, visit the palmOne web site.

Unlocked Version

Treo 650 Last fall, when the Treo 650 began arriving in users’ hands, they noticed a problem: it couldn’t hold as many applications and files as they expected. This is because this model handled memory much less efficiently than previous Palm OS devices.

A few months ago, a ROM update that fixed this problem was released for the Sprint version of the Treo 650, and now a similar ROM update is available for the unlocked version of this smartphone.

Treo 650 Updater 1.13 — Unlocked GSM Version makes a number of other changes, including:

  • Overall voice quality improvements and enhanced call clarity
  • Updates VersaMail to enhance stability and add improvements
  • Latest carrier settings files

For more information, or to download Treo 650 Updater 1.13 — Unlocked GSM Version, visit the palmOne web site.

What’s a ROM Update?

The ROM is where the operating system and built-in applications are stored. Changes made to the files in ROM are permanent and will survive the device undergoing a hard reset.

Updating the ROM will erase everything that’s on the device, but the data can be restored by a HotSync.

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