Registered: Aug 2002
Originally posted by miradu
Even though in my prediction article I said otherwise, I now believe (hint hint) that we will see only one new treo, and it will be available in fall. However, cellphones have to be certified by the FCC, and then it takes 6 months or so before the carriers allow them on their networks, so we may see it leaked/launched by PalmOne in march/april, but then wouldn't ship until fall. If I were PalmOne though I would try my best to keep it under wraps as long as possible.
When Isaih Thomas took over as general manager of the Knicks, he told the press that in the future he was going to have to lie to them, concerning trade rumors. Mirandu is likely to have better access to more accurate answers than the rest of us, but because Plmo is a large advertiser, he also may have "damage control" responsibilities either directly or indirectly. He notes that Plmo should keep things under wraps as long as possible which may be like Isaih Thomas' disclaimer above. It does seem strange that having guessed almost exactly what the subsequent rumor predicted a short while earlier, that he does such a quick about face and guesses in the opposite direction hinting inside information. It may be that he is just passing on what he heard from above, and the misinformaton was occuring above in an attempt to "keep things under wraps".
Mirandu's post doesn't fit with a few hints during the conference call that additions to the Treo family were their highest priority and being actively worked on and recent press release language that savings from the layoffs would be invested in the wireless division. Releasing one unit in the fall, doesn't fit these objectives. It seems likely that more units are in the works than just one and Palmone intends to bracket the wireless division at different price points, directed to different audiences in the same way they attacked the pda market.
One doesn't find alot of people disgrunted at this thread, by the performance of the screen, or by the absense of bluetooth for the t 600. It really doesn't seem like the upgrade is that big a deal one way or the other. Clearly Plmo had to commit to a decision on this point a while ago and didn't have the luxury of reading this topic to figure out what the users thought. But if I worked for Plmo and read these posts to try and decide if it was worth a few million in extra expenses to modify the Treo 600 at this point, frankly it doesn't seem like it matters that much either way. There weren't that many disgruntled users waiting impatiently for Treo's with higher resolution screens or bluetooth.