Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 Update No Longer Available After October 31st

If you are an AT&T Treo 750 owner and looking to take advantage of Palm’s free update to Windows Mobile 6, the clock is ticking. The Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 Update will only be available through October 31st, 2008. It will no longer be available starting November 1st. Why upgrade to Windows Mobile 6? Windows Mobile 6 provides faster downloads, improved calendar functionality, compatibility with Windows Vista along with a host of other improvements.


So if you are a Treo 750 owner running Windows Mobile 5, I’d recommend you visit Palm and download the free Windows Mobile 6 update for the Treo 750 while it’s available.

Palm Survey Could Net You Free Treo

Palm, via their blog, informed us of a ten minute survey they are conducting to better understand how information we manage daily and how people deal with it. The survey is being conducted by research firm Basex on behalf of Palm. Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a chance to win one of 5 Treos. Participate in the survey and you just might net yourself a free Treo 750 equipped with Windows Mobile 6.


Centro Cutting Into Treo Sales

According to financial analysts, Palm’s Centro smartphone is having an adverse affect on sales of the Palm Treo.

"We think the Centro is seeing modest success, but this is partially at the cost of higher margin Treo products," writes Citigroups Jim Suva. Suva went on to say, "We believe Centro products carry lower-than-corporate average margins to to the heavy subsidy required to hit the $99 price point. Centro traction may be viewed positively, but we think this will be offset by the negative financial impact." Suva also commented that Palm stands to lose more than RIM with Apple’s iPhone SDK release and entry into the Enterprise market.

The Palm Centro was originally thought of as a low-cost member of the Treo family, but Palm essentially rebranded the device as the Centro. The Centro has been referred to as a "Tiny Treo". While it has a smaller, pocketable form factor, the software package is virtually identical to the more expensive Palm Treo 755p. Palm released the Centro on Sprint Wireless back in October of 2007, months after the release of the Treo 755p was released on the same network. Palm most likely knew that releasing them at the same time would cause cannibalization of the higher priced Treo 755p. After the buzz of the Treo 755p had worn off, the Centro release injected new life into the Palm product line. The Centro has enjoyed modest success at time when Treo sales were slumping. While I’m sure there is some level of cannibalization that has occurred, it would have to be across carriers, thus meaning that a customer would have switch providers. Palm’s latest lineup includes:

  • Treo 755p (Carrier: Verizon Wireless)
  • Centro (Carrier: Sprint)
  • Centro (Carrier: AT&T)
  • Treo 750 (Carrier: AT&T)

It’s unclear how many "switchers" will jump carriers for a device. Not to mention that despite the same software bundle, these two smartphones are not cut from the same cloth. The more expensive Treo, while remaining a tad on bulky side, offers a better build quality than the value priced Centro. While AT&T offers both the Centro and Treo, the latter is the Treo 750 that runs Windows Mobile, while the Centro runs the Palm OS. While it is certainly plausible that some cannibalization has occured, it’s the lack of a new smartphone in the Treo series that is affecting Palm’s margins. The last major release was the Palm Treo 755p and this was seen as an evolutionary product. While the Treo 755p is new to Verizon, it’s release comes 7 months after the Sprint release of the same phone, that’s a significant amount of time when you are discussing mobile technology. Apple’s iPhone was released in June of last year and the company expects to reach the 10 million mark in device sales by the end of 2008.

Palm will announce their fiscal fiscal third quarter results Thursday. Analysts expect Palm to miss Wall Street estimates. As a result Palm shares were down today 18.5 cents or 4.7% at $4.88.


Source: Barrons

Windows Mobile 6 Update Now Available for US Palm Treo 750 Customers

Palm, Inc. today announced an update to Windows Mobile 6 for Palm Treo 750 smartphone customers in the United States. Windows Mobile 6 brings increased functionality, enhanced user interface and strengthened security and performance to the Treo 750 smartphone, which is offered exclusively in the United States by AT&T. The update is available today as a free download for existing Treo 750 smartphone customers.

The Treo 750 currently is available in the United States on AT&T’s 3G BroadbandConnect network, which is available in more than 200 major metropolitan areas and provides average download speeds between 600Kbps (kilobits per second) and 1,400Kbps. For those customers, the update will facilitate High-speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA) capability, allowing faster data-download speeds on 3G/UMTS/HSDPA networks(1) and access to AT&T Multimedia services: AT&T Music, CV (Video), and AT&T Mall.

“The enhanced security and productivity tools available in Windows Mobile 6 will allow people to be more productive with their Treo smartphones, said Tim McDonough, senior director of product management at Microsoft Corp. “The Windows Mobile 6 support of storage card data encryption, combined with the ability for IT departments to wipe data remotely if a device is lost, gives businesses the confidence to use Treos to accomplish critical business tasks.

Windows Mobile 6 combined with Exchange Server 2007 support is available out of the box and delivers a wide range of enhanced features, including the following:

  • Microsoft Direct Push Technology connection to email, calendar, contacts and tasks
  • Email enhancements such as HTML-formatted email messages
  • Ability to set an out-of-office message from the Treo smartphone
  • Mini-SD storage card encryption, password and PIN improvements, and remote data wipe
  • Ability to search for email messages on the Exchange server
  • Meeting request and scheduling conflict improvements
  • Improved Calendar with Day-at-a-Glance bar

The Treo 750 from AT&T is a five-band world phone with global 3G services that provides email, messaging, web browsing, and organizational capabilities.(3) The Treo 750 uses AT&T’s industry-leading international footprint, which gives users the ability to make a phone call in more than 190 countries and access data applications in more than 135 countries. This all-in-one phone is a powerful business tool that delivers advanced communication capabilities and greater productivity with quick access to information and applications.

“Palm and Microsoft’s alliance continues to bring the best mobile experience to Treo customers, said Brent Remai, vice president of business and consumer marketing, Palm, Inc. “The Treo 750’s connection to Exchange Server without the need for extra servers and middleware, combined with our unique ease of use, makes the Treo a win-win solution for IT departments and business users as they seek the most of their smartphone.

Palm’s Windows Mobile 6 update for the Treo 750 is available as a free download at Palm.

Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for Treo 750 In The Queue

According to the Palm Blog, the long awaited updated to Windows Mobile 6 for the Treo 750 is “in the queue”.

Palm has started to take multi-unit business orders for the AT&T Treo 750 with Windows Mobile 6 pre-installed and have
promised that the commercial launch of the WinMo 6 update is “around the corner”. In the past, Palm has gotten in trouble when providing
dates for forthcoming updates, hence the vague langauge. With the Treo 750 business units shipping with Windows Mobile 6, it shouldn’t be too
much longer before the release.

Source: Official Palm Blog via WMExperts

Palm Announces Compatibility with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Coming for Treo

Palm today announced that it will make the Palm Treo 750 smartphone compatible with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, delivering increased security and easier phone management, as well as access to information on the corporate network.

IT professionals will be able to confidently manage large Treo 750 deployments with features such as policy enforcement, inventory and reporting, and software targeting.

Mobile Device Manager is a comprehensive management solution that enables efficient control of Windows Mobile phones, such as the Treo 750 smartphone, by providing reliable, low-cost consistent manageability within a company’s existing Microsoft infrastructure.

"Increasingly, businesses turn to smartphones to provide tools to enhance their mobile productivity – whether it’s accessing contacts, calendars or line of business applications," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "Palm’s support for System Center Mobile Device Manager will help IT departments make the most of their Microsoft mobile investments in three strategic areas: security management, Windows Mobile phone management and access to information."

The Treo 750 smartphone combines the Palm experience of a multifunction mobile phone with email, messaging, web browsing, organization software and a robust application portfolio. It’s also a five-band world phone running Windows Mobile with Direct Push Technology for Exchange email, calendar, contacts, and tasks. The Treo 750 smartphone, running on the AT&T next-generation 3G network, features Palm’s exclusive usability improvements, such as threaded chat for text messaging, Today Screen enhancements and improved voicemail controls.

Mobile Device Manager builds on the core set of security and management features available on the Treo 750 smartphone and brings advanced capabilities for Windows Mobile to the System Center family of IT management solutions, including the following:

  • A Mobile VPN that provides security-enhanced access to corporate data (for example, intranet, line-of-business applications) behind the firewall, so users can get to more of the information they need while away from their desks
  • Security-management features, such as support for Active Directory, for expanded protection of sensitive corporate information and policies for more control
  • A single device-management solution for Windows Mobile for easily distributing software and managing phones.

"The Treo 750 smartphone is a powerful combination of Microsoft’s robust mobile operating system and Palm’s hallmark ease of use," said John Hartnett, senior vice president, Global Markets and Windows Business Unit, Palm, Inc. "Adding compatibility with System Center Mobile Device Manager makes it easy to manage thousands of devices throughout a company and enables a competitive total cost of ownership. The Treo 750 blends seamlessly with a company’s growing infrastructure, and IT professionals gain the tools they need for improved manageability, device security and access to business-critical information."


The Palm Treo 750 smartphone will support Mobile Device Manager through an update starting in the second half of calendar 2008.

Palm Canada and Rogers Wireless Deliver the Treo 750 Smartphone

Palm Canada today announced the availability of the Palm Treo 750 smartphone, the first Treo to run on the Rogers’ High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network.

Palm Treo 750
Palm Canada introduces Treo 750 on Rogers Wireless

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Powered by the new Windows Mobile 6 Professional software, the Treo 750 provides Canadian mobile professionals with an exceptional world-phone experience. It offers broadbandlike download speeds and global roaming capabilities on a colour touch-screen that replicates desktop applications to make navigating online and through multiple applications quick and easy while on the go.

The Treo 750 combines the world-class Palm experience of a multifunction mobile phone with a new, powerful Windows Mobile 6 Professional software for email, messaging, web browsing and Office Mobile that lets users review and edit business documents and access corporate data. The Treo 750 is the perfect balance between power and performance running Windows Mobile 6, which brings a powerful desktop computing experience to the small screen, improving how people do business on the go from a single device to save them time.

Powerful business features combined with Palm usability improvements, such as photo speed dial and Direct Push Technology, allow Palm customers added freedoms. Users can access multiple business and personal email accounts, including Outlook email, and get easy updates to calendar, contacts and tasks while leveraging high-speed web access on the go.

The Treo 750 also has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a bright 240×240 colour touch-screen and support for Bluetooth(R) stereo headsets. The built-in 128MB memory (60MB user available) can be enhanced by using the mini-SD slot to add memory cards of up to 4GB (sold separately), which are great for storing data, photos, music and video.

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Vodafone Treo 750 Gets Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

Palm has released an update for Palm Treo 750v/750 customers in the UK and Netherlands. The update installs Windows Mobile 6 and offers a variety of enhancements.

Palm is expected to release a similar upgrade for US Treo 750 owners on AT&T. No confirmation on when to expect this release.

This update provides:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • Update for Loss of System Sounds enhancement


  • Improved Calendar management with enhanced User Interface
  • Enhanced E-mail messaging, HTML/Smart Filtering, SharePoint access and more
  • Voice command via Bluetooth
  • USB cable charging

Vodafone customers can download the upgrade for free at Palm.

MarkSpace Adds Support For Windows Mobile 6

Mark/Space has announced the release of version 4.0 of The Missing Sync for Windows
Mobile, adding support for Windows Mobile 6 Professional along with a host of new features. Palm has announced the Treo 750 will receive an update to Windows Mobile 6. This latest update from Mark/Space ensures Mac users will have a syncing solution that supports the new Microsoft OS.

"For more than a year now, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile has been widely regarded as the best way to connect Windows Mobile 5 devices to Mac OS X, allowing users to synchronize everything from contacts and calendars to Microsoft Office files and iTunes podcasts," said Brian Hall, Mark/Space president and CEO. "Now, with the release of version 4.0, we’re providing support for the very latest devices running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, Standard and Classic, including the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9 and upgraded Samsung Blackjack, giving Mac users complete freedom in their choice of
mobile device."

New Features

  • A new Video plugin supports importing videos taken with the built-in camera
    present on many Windows Mobile devices. These videos can be imported
    directly into an iPhoto album or into a folder of the user’s choosing
    anywhere on their Mac. This feature includes the option to delete
    successfully imported movies from the device, freeing up storage space for
    other uses.
  • The Video plugin also provides encoding and mobile playback capabilities,
    which give users the option to easily encode DRM-free QuickTime video from
    the Mac and download it to their Windows Mobile device for playback while
    on the go. A simple drag and drop begins the encoding and download process.
    A player with support for MP4 video, such as Windows Media Player Mobile
    10, is required for mobile video playback.
  • A new Call Log plugin and matching Call Log application for Mac OS X
    provide access to the log of phone calls made and received with
    phone-enabled Windows Mobile devices. During each sync operation, the Call
    Log plugin reads the call log stored on the device and copies its data to
    the Mac. The included Call Log app on the Mac can then be used to sort,
    filter, annotate and search through the list of calls and view call dates
    and durations. Integration with Apple’s Address Book application provides
    additional information related to known contacts, including company name
    and contact photo, while a toolbar button expedites the process of creating
    a new contact in Address Book from call log data. An export function
    provides the ability to use Excel or a database application to further
    manipulate the data, a useful feature for attorneys or other professionals
    who track and bill for their time.
  • Version 4.0 of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile also includes a new SMS
    Log plugin and matching SMS Log application for Mac OS X. Working in
    combination, these components provide access to the device’s log of sent
    and received SMS text messages. Messages are grouped by contact and easily
    searched using Apple’s Spotlight technology. Like the Call Log application,
    the SMS Log application also integrates with Apple’s Address Book app to
    gather information for known contacts. This feature not only provides a
    backup for often-critical communications sent to or from a mobile device,
    but it also allows users to access that information with their Mac.

Missing Sync for Windows Mobile version 4.0 retails for $39.95 with upgrades running $24.95. For more information, please visit Mark/Space.

Palm Releases Treo 750 Audio Update

Palm has released a software update for the Palm Treo 750 that corrects an issue where the Treo enters a state where sounds are lost for phone calls and notifications.

The Audio Alerts Update will ensure that all system sounds on your device will remain audible for incoming calls, notifications, recordings (audio and video), and any device functionality that will access the audio driver. This software upgrade will allow the Treo 750 to maintain all application calls to the audio driver and therefore avoid the applications from entering the suspend state loop.