Comments on: palmOne Launches the Treo 650 in Europe

palmOne has announced that the Treo 650 smartphone is now available in Europe with two initial mobile Operators. It is now available in the UK, France and Switzerland from Orange, and Italy through TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile).
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Nice, but pricy

hobbes1257 @ 2/25/2005 1:45:05 PM # Q

Given the fact that here in Spain they're selling the 600 at up to 700, I just don't dare imagine how much will this cost...

RE: Nice, but pricy
RhinoSteve @ 2/25/2005 2:32:42 PM # Q
It is called local distributor margins and EU support taxes. Try getting an unlocked unit in the states and put your SIM chip in it.
RE: Nice, but pricy
gijsraggers @ 2/25/2005 2:40:07 PM # Q
An unlocked 650 is 689 in the Netherlands:
http://pdashop.nl/product/15507

RE: Nice, but pricy
IanJD @ 2/26/2005 6:16:24 AM # Q
Yes, unlocked, but most locked phones come out at a fraction of the unlocked cost in the UK. Eg. you can get the PDA2K AKA Blue Angel AKA Orange SPV-2000 for 150 with a contract, compared to 575 unlocked.

RE: Nice, but pricy
Masamune @ 2/26/2005 6:28:05 AM # Q
IanJD,

Good point about the phones. Now when are GSPDA going to supplying the lovel M68 over here???

RE: Nice, but pricy
multirui @ 2/28/2005 8:32:58 AM # Q
In portugal, the treo 600 is 599 euros

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Pricing

Knuden @ 2/28/2005 4:57:10 AM # Q
Can anyone tell me why the Treo 650 cons $699 in the US but 729 = $ 959.73 in europe ?

This is a difference on $260, why ???

RE: Pricing
PalmInsider @ 2/28/2005 6:30:32 AM # Q
Because Palm does not give a ** about European market.

RE: Pricing
AdamaDBrown @ 2/28/2005 3:47:14 PM # Q
American tech is usually a lot more expensive in Europe. Part of it comes from the exchange rates, since the US dollar is in a continual state of crash these days.

RE: Pricing
pbutterworth @ 3/1/2005 11:08:42 AM # Q
Empansys is selling them for 209 with a Vodafone contract (Delivery estimate 17 March)

Lets hope Orange put it out at a similar price.

cheers

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