Cheaper Treo 650s

September 14, 2005

Treo 650PalmOne has lowered the price of unlocked Treo 650s by $50, bringing it down to $649 for those who want to buy a phone without a plan and without getting locked into a carrier.

There are also several $100 rebate and discount deals out there now, making it possible to buy a 650 (with strings attached) down into the $100 – $200 range if you really hunt around and aren’t afraid to commit to a contract.

On the other hand, Treos without a service plan from somebody don’t do much good (it’s not wedge-shaped enough to be a good doorstop, a little large for a paperweight, and seriously underweight for a boat anchor), so I’m usually willing to take a plan deal from someone or another.

Amazon is showing Verizon and Cingular deals down as low as $299, if you want to skip all of the hassling (and sales tax) of going down to the local carrier store to buy one, or risking an online deal from someone you never heard of.

Of course, all of these deals may mean that the next generation isn’t far away…

Treo 650 Windows Media with DRM – Yahoo Music on your Treo

July 20, 2005

PocketTunes TreoNow you can get one of those “all-you-can-eat” music download plans from Yahoo, Napster or Rhapsody, and listen to your tunes on your Treo 650 (or other Palm device).

Normsoft is now out with PocketTunes 3.1 Deluxe, which supports Windows Media 10’s “Janus” DRM format, letting you listen to as much DRM’d music as you care to give up storage space for.
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Treo 650 Battery Drain Follow-Up

July 4, 2005

There still appears to be no fix in site for the massive battery drain problem on Treo 650 with 1.12 firmware that a lot of people (including me) have been experiencing.

In the meantime, though, here’s something that has kinda-sorta helped for me…
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Seidio INNODock Treo 650 Cradle Review

June 30, 2005

Seidio INNODock for Treo 650Since I have yet to get my Treo 650 battery drain issues resolved, I decided this was a good reason (and time) to order a couple of Seidio INNODock cradles for the Treo 650.

This way I can easily leave the Treo on the charger both overnight and at my desk, which should insure I have enough charge to get by.

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Treo 650 Battery Drain Issue

June 25, 2005

I’m glad I’m not the only person having problems with massive battery drains on my Treo 650 after updating to the 1.12 firmware (Sprint version) — misery loves company.

The symptoms appear to be rapid battery drain, serious heat (in fact, when I first noticed the problem I’d just yanked the phone (in my Vaja case) out of my pocket because I literally thought it was burning my leg), and the green “network activity” arrows on full time.
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Treo 650 Dial-Up Networking (Sprint)

June 21, 2005

Now that we’ve got the tasty goodness of the 1.12 firmware update for the Sprint Treo 650 out, and Dial-Up Networking is actually enabled in the phone without hacking anything, Make Magazine has a great little write-up on how to use it to hook up your bluetooth-enabled notebook (or desktop even) to the ‘net via your Treo 650.

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