Palm Treo Pro Surprises on the Alltel Network

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-03-05 Print this article Print

A day after Sprint says that the Palm Treo Pro will be available on its Mobile Broadband Network come March 15, Alltel quietly announces that the much-anticipated Palm smart phones are ready now for customers and IT professionals.


The Palm Treo Pro smart phone quietly turned up for sale on March 5 on the Alltel network, which is now part of Verizon Wireless. This comes just a day after Sprint proudly announced that the Treo Pro would be available on its network March 15.

The Palm Treo Pro yearns for the hand of an enterprise professional: It supports EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) Rev. A data speeds, Wi-Fi-at just the touch of a button-has built-in GPS capabilities and is the first Palm smart phone with Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile 6.1, which can be optimized for a mobile- or desktop-like browsing experience.

Additionally, the Palm Treo Pro features a high-resolution color touch-screen, a full QWERTY keyboard and supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology, which still may not be enough to lure away the Palm fans still waiting for the Treo Pre.

After a 125 mail-in rebate, the Alltel-branded Treo comes at a cost of $199 with a two-year contract.

Sprint's offer, similarly, is $199 with a two-year contract - after a $100 mail-in rebate and a $100 instant rebate.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misstated the price of the Palm Treo Pro offered by Alltel.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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