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October 20, 2008

New Phone: Palm Treo Pro

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imageI ordered my new phone today, a Palm Treo Pro.

It is going to replace my current phone, the AT&T Tilt.

The phone is not available from any carrier. You must buy it unlocked (no contract!) directly from Palm.

What I like...

  • Perfect phone form factor: physical keyboard that you can access without flipping open. Also, you can use the phone with one hand and type with your thumb.
  • 320x320 display...no need to rotate
  • Higher res than my current phone (320x240)
  • Thinner than my current phone and much lighter
  • Button for disabling ringer
  • Button for WiFi access
  • Supports 32 GB MicroSDHC cards
  • Can see time, missed calls, voice mail status without turning the phone on
  • Window Mobile Pro 6.1 (the new texting client is really good)
  • Full Exchange support (email, contacts, calendar, task list)
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack...you can use standard headphones
  • Can be used as a modem for a laptop, either wirelessly (via Bluetooth) or via USB
  • GPS (although I almost never use it on my current phone)
  • Uses MicroUSB for charging (which is what my last phone used, so I can use the same cables)
  • Touch Screen

Comments (6)


What? I can't believe you're switching phones. I've enjoyed the Tilt as well, but all of these seem like reasonable advantages.

I actually like the fact that the Tilt turns into a widescreen for my Slingbox when I open it up, and although there's more resolution on the Treo Pro, the screen real estate is clearly less, which I suppose is an acceptable tradeoff for the other benefits.

One of the big questions: can you do data and phone at the same time? On my old Treo 650, using the data stream (wireless Internet with an in-phone browser, for example) meant that the phone couldn't be used. With the Tilt, I can use the phone as a modem and still make/receive phone calls, text messages, etc. Any idea how the Treo Pro works in this regard?

I may have to wait and see yours before I switch. Also, what about your current AT&T contract? Can you just port the contract over to your new phone? Do you "break" your current contract and pay the fee? How does that work?

Also, I saw that Lucasarts announced a new MMORPG this week, "Old Republic" or something like that. Do you have any involvement with that? (Even if you can't say what your involvement is, can you say Yes/No without divulging state secrets?)

This phone uses the same OS as the Tilt. The only difference is the hardware.

I would expect (since it is running the same software), that you can do phone and data at the same time...it should work just like the Tilt.

I am hopping I can just switch out SIM cards and not tell AT&T anything. We will see.

Nope...I am not involved in the MMORPG announced yesterday.


You should be able to switch out SIM cards without any issues.

AT&T has voice plans, data plans, and text message plans. For data plans, you would only need to change if you were going to a Blackberry or an iPhone. AT&T has specific data plans for those phones. For all other phones, AT&T has an other category which both of your phones fall into.

The great thing about SIM cards is that you can place it in any phone (as long as it is either the same carrier or unlocked) and the voice and text message will work right away.


Why not get the Blackberry Bold which will be released November 4th?

Features Available

  • Wireless email

  • Organizer

  • Browser

  • Phone

  • Camera (2.0 MP)

  • Video Recording

  • BlackBerry® Maps

  • Media Player

  • Built-in GPS

  • Wi-Fi® Support

  • Corporate data access

  • SMS

  • MMS

Size and Weight

  • 4.48"/114mm (Length)

  • 2.6"/66mm (Width)

  • 0.59"/15mm (Depth)

  • 4.8 oz/136g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation

  • Trackball

  • QWERTY (Keyboard)

  • Keyboard backlighting

Voice Input/Output

  • 3.5mm stereo headset capable

  • Integrated earpiece/ microphone

  • Built-in speakerphone

  • Mono/stereo headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)

Media Player

  • Video format support: DivX 4, DivX 5/6 partially supported, XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3

  • Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+


  • Half VGA resolution 480 x 320 pixel color display

  • Transmissive TFT LCD, supports over 65,000 colors

  • Font size (user selectable)

  • Backlighting

  • Light sensing screen


  • Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones

  • 32 polyphonic ringtones – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV

  • Vibrate mode

  • LED indicator

Approximate Battery Life

  • Up to 13.5 days (Standby time)

  • Up to 4.5 hours (Talk time)


  • Expandable memory – support for microSD™ card

  • 1GB On-board + 128 MB Flash


  • RIM® wireless modem

  • Tethered modem capability

Email Integrations

  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange

  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®

  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®

  • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account

  • Integrates with existing personal email account

  • Integrates with optional new device account

Accessories Included

  • USB cable

  • Wall charger

Device Security

  • Password protection and keyboard lock

  • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated (FIPS validation)

  • Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Network

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g

  • UMTS: 2100/1900/850 MHz

  • North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks

  • North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks

  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks

  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks

  • EDGE networks

  • HSDPA networks

@ Bubba

Switching out SIM cards MIGHT be possible. It all depends on the manufacturer of the original phone/card combo. There are ways to lock a SIM card to a particular phone. Case in point:

I got my first Blackberry two years ago on the cheap, an unlocked discontinued model. My brilliant scheme was to buy a no name pay-as-you-go phone, remove the SIM, and then enjoy my cheap PAYG Blackberry. Sadly, when I put the SIM into my new phone it displayed a message requesting an obscure SIM key that only matched the physical phone I removed it from. I had no luck in getting the code from any of the sources on the net or the phone itself. Had to go to T-Mobile and a standard monthly plan. Bummer.

re: Blackberry

I need a phone with *full* exchange support. I use exchange for my email, contacts, calendar, and task list.

WinMo Pro gives me access to all the same fields I can reach from Outlook. WinMo Standard provides a subset of exchange support.

I like the stats on the phone, though.

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