Don’t let appearances fool you. They look the same, but below the skin, one is from Mars and the other from Venus. Today’s I got the Treo 700w also from Verizon (the Windows Mobile version of the Treo), and while it looks very similar to the Treo 700p (the Palm version that I used for the last 9 days—see day #1 to day #9 below for details), once you take a closer look and put your hands on it, there is no resemblance.
The first surprise was that with the Treo 700w, it is NOT possible to connect it and use it as a modem for my laptop. Do you remember that excitement last week about the fact that I didn’t need to search for these hotspots anymore (with the Treo 700p), well this is no longer possible with the Treo 700w. I am glad I didn’t discontinue my hotspot account.
The Treo 700w retail price is around $620 not including tax. Knowing that I already have a plan with Verizon now, I no longer get the discount for getting a plan. If I didn’t have a plan, the price of the Treo 700w would have been equivalent to that of the Treo 700p as detailed on day #1 of the experiment (for more details about the Treo 700p price, plan, and accessories from Verizon, you can refer to day #1 below).
The phone in the Treo 700w is already functional, but my Outlook data is not there yet--because I haven’t installed the synchronization software, and my e-mail is not yet configured. These are tomorrow’s tasks before I head to a speaking engagement in Los Angeles. I am hoping to have these functional for the trip. You will get the report tomorrow, and maybe I will be able to post the picture I took tonight using the Treo 700w camera--of the busy kitchen at the restaurant where I ended up having dinner.