PDA News - Treo 650 WiFi, Verizon announces XV6600, PalmOne earnings

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  1. Adama D. Brown

    Adama D. Brown Brighthand Reviewer

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    WiFi card drivers for Treo 650

    An enterprising Treo 650 user named Shadowmite has used the PalmOne WiFi drivers for the Tungsten T5 as a basis to create a set of preliminary--but functional--WiFi card drivers for the Treo 650. The drivers support the PalmOne WiFi card only.

    There is, unfortunately, a catch. Installing the WiFi card driver disables internet access through the cellular network. This is the case on the Sprint Treo 650s the drivers have been tested on so far, and presumably will be the case with the GSM Treos when they show up early next year. At this moment, the only way to restore access through the cell network is to hard reset the device and restore a backup from prior to the installation of the WiFi driver.

    <A href="http://Directions and download link">Directions and download link</A>

    <A href="http://TreoCentral development thread&amp;t=64490">TreoCentral development thread</A>

    Verizon announces XV6600 EVDO PocketPC phone

    Verizon has finally made the long anticipated official announcement of their&XV6600 PocketPC Phone.&The XV6600 is based on the HTC Harrier,&and features 128 MB of RAM, a 400 MHz processor, Bluetooth, a slide-out keyboard, and a CDMA radio. The XV6600 also supports Verizon's next-generation EVDO network, which promises wireless internet at average speeds of 300-500 Kbits per second. Corporate sales can get the device now; individuals won't be able to officially order it until January, however some customer service representatives are placing orders early.

    http://news.vzw.com/news/2004/12/pr2004-12-16.html

    PalmOne reports earnings; stock drops heavily

    PalmOne has issued their quarterly report for the period ending November 26th. The company earned $24 million in the last quarter, which comes to 48 cents per share, falling below analyst expectations of 53 cents per share.

    The real bad news began when the company started talking about the current outlook. They revealed that&the company&expects to miss third-quarter sales and profit estimates, projecting earnings of 21 cents per share compared to average estimates of 34 cents per share.

    PalmOne also vouchsafed the revelation that it has an extensive backlog of Treos--a 21 week supply already sitting in the sales channel.&Generally speaking,&this is a&Very Bad Thing. It means that either sales of the existing Treo have dropped off dramatically, or else PalmOne drastically overestimated the market and&bought more Treos than they can ever&hope to sell.

    Following the earnings report, PLMO stock slid heavily, down about 21% at the time of this writing. In addition to to the revised estimates, two analysts downgraded PalmOne's stock rating, and several others issued pessimistic reports.

    What's all this mean? For one thing, it means that PalmOne's newest models, particularly the Tungsten T5, aren't selling well. Big shock there.&It also means that PalmOne probably doesn't expect as many sales of the Treo 650 as the analysts do, hence the decreased projection for the current quarter. None of this bodes particularly well for PalmOne, though a strong showing by the Treo 650&could compensate for the thud of the T5.

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    New cases from Innopocket

    Two new metal cases from Innopocket, for the iPaq hx2000 and the Treo 650. It beats me how and why you would sell a metal case for an iPaq&model not yet released, but they're doing it.

    The Treo case is custom-cut to allow access to most features without having to open the case. This includes access to the five-way directional pad, translucent screen cover, application and send/hang up buttons, and earpiece.

    http://www.innopocket.com/

     
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    So what does this all mean? Is PalmOne going to go out of business? I think not, but they better get with it and come out with something like a T3 with Wi-Fi capability built in...and soon. And, by the way, it better be under $400, or else how will they expect to compete with the newer Ipaqs and the Dells?

    IMHO PalmOne's failure to include Wi-Fi in the T5 in time for the Christmas season was a terrible mistake.


     
  3. Adama D. Brown

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    No, PalmOne isn't going out of business, but for the near term their shareholders will be getting it in the shorts. They'll need some good news to bounce their share price back, and they'll need to ditch a bunch of those backlogged Treos. Start looking for good deals on the Treo 600 real soon. As for good news for the stock, new devices are usually good for that, but their next release cycle isn't until around April, and even then we probably won't see anything more powerful than a mid-range Zire. Yes, PalmOne's bungling with whole WiFi issue has definitely put a crimp in their sales, for the current quarter as well as the last. We keep saying this about every release cycle, but if PalmOne doesn't come out with something WiFi enabled next spring they're going to be in for a no-kidding world of pain.
     
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