Sprint and palmOne Releases Treo 650 Update

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In my review of the Treo 650 for Sprint, I mentioned several nits that weren’t deal breakers, but things that were annoying that could also likely be patched. Today two significant issues have been addressed; voice quality and memory configuration. Further, Sprint is promising to enable Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking (DUN) in another update later this year.

The updater, version 1.08, includes the following:

  • Overall voice quality improvements, including fix for voice “choppiness” some Sprint PCS customers experienced
  • Internal setting modification to allow correct access to Sprint Affiliate roaming partner networks (previously released as Sprint PCS Treo 650 Roaming Patch)
  • Non-Volatile File System improvements – includes non-volatile file system (NVFS) improvements that optimize memory handling and free up more memory.  palmOne implemented a NVFS system in the new Treo 650 because of the strong benefits it provides: preserving data and applications if the battery runs down, and the ability to change the battery on the fly.  In the original implementation, NVFS stored each record in 512 byte blocks.This software update reduces the overhead of storing database records in the file system. It does so by compacting more than one record into a single 512 byte block.  In effect, each 512 block is divided into 16 32 byte sub-blocks, which allows small and large records to be stored more efficiently.
  • TTY (also known as TDD or Text Telephone) optimizations and improvements
  • Optimizations for data calls
  • Includes VersaMail 3.0c which provides greater stability and improvements
  • Bluetooth Carkit drivers are now included in ROM (previously released as Carkit Update for Treo 650)

Sprint and palmOne deserve credit for working out these issues. To get the download visit the palmOne Sprint Treo 650 support site:

http://www.palmone.com/us/support/downloads/treo650updater/sprint.html


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