The news follows up from last month's announcement of a deal with Britain's VodafoneGroup
Good timing, too. Palm should be able to get its newest Treo into the hands of interested resellers before the all-important holiday shopping season heats up. But will they be interested? Probably on some level, though rivals have earned plenty of momentum. Consider Motorola
Nevertheless, the new Treo could be competitive. Press reports suggest that Palm's latest, which is expected to be once again based on Microsoft's
Just don't expect a "catch-up" release to generate much enthusiasm. It won't, because it shouldn't. Palm has the unfortunate distinction of being in a market that's measured by features and functions. Users check the checklists, and buy the coolest devices. Carriers such as Deutsche Telekom's
It's been too long since the Treo was a "must-have" among phoneaphiles. Management must a find a way to restore Treo's premium rep if investors have any hope of reaping meaningful long-term gains from the stock. So, make September 12 special, Palm. Don't just play catch-up; surprise us.
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- Palm could be the unlikeliest value play.
- But it'll need some help on the earnings front first.
- An iPhone is probably the least of Palm's current worries.
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