Verizon Now Offering Treo 600 to Everyone

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When Verizon Wireless began offering the palmOne Treo 600 last week, it could be purchased only through business channels. This is no longer true. This smartphone is now available from this wireless service provider’s consumer web site.

Those willing to sign a two-year service contract can get Treo 600 for $450. It costs $500 with a one-year contract. This smartphone costs $600 with no contract, but some current Verizon Wireless customers qualify for a $100 credit to use towards the purchase of a new phone.

Orders can be placed either through Verizon Wireless or palmOne.

An Overview of the Treo 600

The versions of this smartphone offered by the various wireless service providers are all roughly the same, but each has some individual differences.

All Treo 600 models run Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. They have 32 MB of RAM, of which 24 MB is available to Verizon users.

The version being offered by Verizon has a silver casing. It is 4.4 by 2.4 by 0.9 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces.

The Treo 600 has a 160-by-160 pixel color screen above a small QWERTY keyboard. It also includes an SD slot.

This smartphone normally has a VGA camera. A version of this device without a camera will be available through business channels, but it doesn’t appear to be an option for regular consumers.

The Treo 600 does not include either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, nor is there currently any way to add these.

Naturally, the version offered by Verizon uses its CDMA wireless networks.

Thanks to Allan Grassia for the tip.

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