• treo,  windows mobile

    Windows Mobile 6 Treo 750 Now Available in the US

    Earlier today Palm issued two press releases indicating that US customers can now use Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system on their smartphones. This will be welcomed news for AT&T customers who have been waiting a long time (but not as long as Treo 700p customers) for their operating system upgrades.

    Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional for AT&T Wireless Customers

    The first press release was to announce that the Treo 750 Updater 2.25 for AT&T customers. This update brings Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional to AT&T and Cingular branded Treo 750 smartphones.

    There are a number of enhancements in this upgrade, including:

    • HSDPA support for faster data network connections
    • Improved support for the Calendar application
    • Enhanced support for HTML based email messages
    • Microsoft Windows Vista compatibility
    • Internet connection sharing
    • Better security and IT policies support
    • USB cable charging

    It is important that you read and understand the upgrade directions before attempting this upgrade. The one download limit is also being enforced (you will need your Treo 750’s serial number handy) with the US version of the upgrade as has been the case with previously released international releases. It is a good idea to backup your Windows Mobile 6 upgrade installer before attempting the upgrade.

    The complete features list, upgrade documentation, and downloads can be found on the Palm website.

    Download the Treo 750 Updater 2.25

    Unlocked Treo 750 Now Available in the US

    The second press release from Palm was to announce that an unlocked Treo 750 is now available for purchase from directly from the Palm website or retail locations.

    Today’s press release reads, in part:

    “The Treo 750 offers the hallmark Palm experience in a multifunction phone with access to email, Palm’s exclusive threaded text messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a compact design. Added features such as Windows Live increases communication capabilities by letting users send voice recordings via Live Messenger and integrating Outlook and Live Contacts to show who is online directly from the Contacts screen. The device is compatible with HSDPA, allowing faster data-download speeds on 3G/UMTS/HSDPA networks.”

    The unlocked Treo 750 retails for $549USD.

    Read the complete press release

    For more details about the new unlocked Palm Treo 750, visit the Palm website.

  • software

    Alex Pruss Freeware Software Archive

    When the “new” PocketGear.com went online recently, I discovered that I was unable to find NVBackup in the catalog of software. I figured that I was doing something wrong and started poking around the PocketGear site thinking that I was looking in the wrong place.

    The PocketGear.com Developer Guide shed some light as to what was going on. The following are excerpts from that document.

    “Affiliate relationships associated with PalmGear, however, have ended with the exception of the existing Palm.com partnership. Motricity will cease support for the existing PalmGear platform and infrastructure. As a result, the classic PalmGear site will redirect in the near future to the unified new PocketGear. This move to the new platform and site will limit our ability to support existing affiliate locations. We are preparing to launch a new affiliate program in the near future, and look forward to presenting our partners with new opportunities for distribution and sales.”

    This includes the software store that was being hosted for ACCESS, formerly known as PalmSource. Jim Della, ACCESS Software Store Manager, writes on the ACCESS website:

    “The ACCESS Software Store will officially close on November 27th. We thank you for your patronage.

    You will still be able to review and purchase Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS) applications at www.pocketgear.com, an exciting new online store launched by Motricity, the ACCESS partner formerly hosting the ACCESS Software Store.”

    The Palm online software store is still very much running and open for business.

    My problem is with the following passage from the PocketGear Developer Guide:

    “We have taken careful steps to ensure that the new PocketGear is populated to the fullest extent and reflective of our prior catalogs at the ‘legacy’ sites. While we have eliminated much of the outdated and freeware listings, actively selling current titles have been migrated to the new PocketGear. Please note that listings at the new PocketGear have been assigned new product ID’s as well as new urls.”

    Way back when I first got started in the Palm user community, great sites like PalmGear helped me learn about my new Palm IIIx, but introduced me to a world of great commercial, shareware, and freeware applications for my device.

    The elimination of freeware from the new PocketGear and the shuttering of PalmGear is clearly a business decision that Motricity is free to make, but I don’t have to like it.

    That said, I have decided to do something about this situation. I have obtained permission from Alexander Pruss, who is a well known and respected Palm OS application developer, to host his freeware applications here on FoleoFanatics. Over the coming weeks I will grow the catalog of software that is available for download.

    It is this spirit of community that really is one of the best rewards of being a member of the Palm user community.


    Alan Grassia
    Editor, FoleoFanatics

    Visit the Software by Alex Pruss archive