Can Palm Survive Without AT&T?
With Engadget Mobile reporting that Palm has just gotten around to formally announcing the Treo Pro, which has been leaked onto the internet for the past few days and has garnered a lot of love from many bloggers, it seems that noticeably absent from the party is AT&T. Gizmodo is reporting that the device will be sold unlocked through Palm’s website and retail channels for $549 in the US.
While the device has great specs, I am not sure how successful the Treo Pro will be at that price. Enterprise users can get BlackBerry devices cheaper with carrier subsidies, consumers have a plethora of smartphones to choose from, and for the same specs, users can choose the Samsung i780, which may be launched on AT&T as the BlackJack 3.
Vodafone, Telstra, and O2 are all international partners and will subsidize the device, but the US is where the Palm name is most known and Palm has no launch partner here. Will Palm be strong enough to revive itself with lack of a carrier partner in the States? Will you buy the Treo Pro for $549 unlocked?