Customers who buy a Treo 300 from Handspring.com for the regular price will receive a $300 credit on their first bill when they sign up for a two-year service contract with Sprint. This promotion is already available and runs through October 10.
Sprint is expected to begin offering this model’s replacement, the Treo 600, in October. This is clearly an attempt to clear out the wireless carrier’s remaining stock of the current model to make room for the new one.
Sprint isn’t alone in this. The Treo 270, the GSM/GPRS version of this smart phone, is available for only $50 at Amazon.com after a pair of rebates. The regular price is $350. If purchased by August 13, a $200 mail-in rebate is available from Amazon.com, and T-Mobile is offering an additional $100 rebate for new customers.
About the Treo 300 and 270
The Treo 300 is a Palm OS smart phone that offers both voice and data services. It works only on Sprint’s high-speed wireless network. This is a CDMA network with typical data-transfer speeds between 50 Kbps and 70 Kbps.
The Treo 270 uses GSM/GPRS wireless networks at 900/1900 MHz. In the U.S., it’s available from T-mobile and AT&T.
Both have a 160-by-160 pixel, 12-bit color screen. They run Palm OS 3.5.2H on a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor. Each has a 16 MB of RAM and a built-in keyboard.