The Register is reporting that Orange will begin selling its branded version of the Treo 600 as early as next week. This news can’t sit well for US customers considering Handspring/palmOne is based here! We can understand when new Clies come out a few days/weeks early in Asia, but when American companies start releasing PDAs oversees first, that’s a problem. The latest rumors have Sprint being the first to release the Treo 600 in the US…in late September or early October.
From the report:
Orange is to re-brand Handspring’s next-generation smartphone, the Treo 600, as the Orange Treo 600, The Register has learned. The launch of the device is imminent – possibly as early as next week.
Orange and Handspring announced last April that they were partnering to develop “future smartphones”. In June, Orange reiterated that it was planning to offer a smartphone based on the Palm OS, to provide its customers with a choice of operating system.
Right now, consumers and business users can buy Microsoft PocketPC-based smartphones, the Orange SPV family, from the network operator and the Sony Ericsson P800, though that’s not an Orange-branded device.
Hands On – 30 Minutes With the Treo 600 (9/4/2003 1:23:21 PM) – I got to spend 30 minutes with a Treo 600 today. Not long enough to write a full review, but long enough to know that palmOne/Handspring has got it right. the Treo 600 will be the device to beat, from the integrated PDA/phone perspective.
Live From CeBit America – Treo 600 Pictures (6/19/2003 11:48:45 AM) – This morning we got invited to a personal showing of the Handspring Treo 600 to be released this fall. Following are pictures and all the details ….