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    Earthlink Treo 650 Announcement!!!

    EarthLink Treo 650 Date + Price Set
    In sharp contrast to another wireless carrier that we're all to familiar with (hint: name includes V and Z), EarthLink Wireless earlier today sent an email informing people that its Treo 650 would be available for $449 after an instant $150 rebate on May 31 (exactly 3 weeks from now).



    As I wrote earlier, EarthLink Wireless is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) that carries your calls using either Sprint's or Verizon's CDMA network. However, although still unconfirmed, it appears that there will be additional benefits depending on which data plan you choose:

    The Treo 650 that EarthLink Wireless is offering doesn't *only* work on the CDMA/1xRTT network. It is fully EVDO capable. Since Earthlink Wireless is truly just a CDMA carrier reseller, your plan with them determines if you get Verizon service or Sprint service as your primary service, then through the partnership, you can roam to the other carrier without roaming fees. The catch is that if you get the higher priced plans, you actually get Verizon as your primary service provider (Sprint is just a roaming partner) and you get access to Verizon's EVDO network. The lower priced and more "family oriented" plans will give you Sprint as your primary (w/ Verizon as the roaming partner) and will only get you 1xRTT data and *won't* let you onto Sprint's EVDO as they roll it out. [Thanks A. Davis]

    I don't have any experience using EarthLink Wireless and therefore cannot comment on their service infrastructure one way or the other (even though the company describes it as 'award-winning'). However, if you are considering the purchase of a Treo 650 and want to use it on a CDMA network while benefiting from a service that is likely going to be quite dedicated to your needs (since it is the only phone that the company offers) then I would strongly suggest that you check out EarthLink Wireless.

    http://earthlink.emktg.info/html/wi...ocenter_pc.html

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    Link doesn't work. Looks like it was truncated. Can you check it? Thanks!

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    Re: Earthlink Treo 650 Announcement!!!

    Originally posted by WiggyFife
    It is fully EVDO capable.
    Where did you get that information from? No offense but I honestly do not think that it is true, it would have been all over the smartphone enthusiast sites if it was and I just don't believe P1 would choose to launch their first capable EV-DO handset with Earthlink.

    Here is an Earthlink advertisement for the Treo 650, I don't see any mention of EV-DO and I'm certain they would mention it if their version of the 650 was going to support it:

    http://earthlink.emktg.info/html/wir...center_pc.html
    Last edited by Marty; 05-10-2005 at 01:35 PM.

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    Re: Re: Earthlink Treo 650 Announcement!!!

    Originally posted by Marty
    Where did you get that information from? No offense but I honestly do not think that it is true, it would have been all over the smartphone enthusiast sites if it was and I just don't believe P1 would choose to launch their first capable EV-DO handset with Earthlink.

    Here is an Earthlink advertisement for the Treo 650, I don't see any mention of EV-DO and I'm certain they would mention it if their version of the 650 was going to support it:

    http://earthlink.emktg.info/html/wir...center_pc.html
    The article was from Treonauts. I forgot to mention that. I was just sharing the knowledge...

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    I think Treonauts copped to being incorrect in their post yesterday...

    "Now the bad news for those who had been wishing for high speed data connections beyond 1xRTT: Verizon's Treo 650 will NOT support EVDO. After being called 'wacky', 'optimistic' even 'irresponsible' in some quarters, I obviously need to double check sources next time even though it is a fact that in palmOne's last quarterly presentation EVDO support for 'a device' was indeed mentioned."

    While not referencing Earthlink - I think it's pretty clear that if the Treo 650's of Sprint don't support EVDO, and the Treo's 650's of Verizon don't support EVDO, we can be pretty sure Earthlink won't either.

    However, Earthlink does offer some compelling features like some over-the-air synchronization. That's pretty cool - I wish Sprint did that!

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