Why does the Sprint Treo Pro get IE Mobile 6 on 15 March?

Summary:The Palm Treo Pro appeared on the Sprint site back in January, but it was then pulled down and never was released. Sprint and Palm now posted an official announcement that the Palm Treo Pro will be released on Sprint on 15 March. The Sprint Palm Treo Pro will be available for US$199.99 after US$100 instant rebate and US$100 mail-in rebate with an Everything or $30/month or higher data plan and a 2-year contract. The unlocked Treo Pro is still priced at US$549.The BIG news though is that this Treo Pro will have Internet Explorer Mobile 6 loaded as well. Will existing Treo Pro owners get this updated browser?

The Palm Treo Pro appeared on the Sprint site back in January, but it was then pulled down and never was released. Sprint and Palm now posted an official announcement that the Palm Treo Pro will be released on Sprint on 15 March. The Sprint Palm Treo Pro will be available for US$199.99 after US$100 instant rebate and US$100 mail-in rebate with an Everything or $30/month or higher data plan and a 2-year contract. The unlocked Treo Pro is still priced at US$549.

I LOVE my Palm Treo Pro (see my review) and over the past few weeks my AT&T SIM has spent a majority of the time in it because of the battery life, Exchange functionality, stability, and 3rd party application support. I think it is just about a perfectly sized and designed device and am happy to see it coming to Sprint. It is rather interesting given that the Palm Pre is coming soon on Sprint too, but I think the Pre may be coming later rather than sooner with this March release.

The GSM Treo Pro I bought supports HSDPA while the Sprint Treo Pro supports EV-DO Rev. A. WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth are still present, as well as everything else found in the GSM Treo Pro. One MAJOR improvement found in the announcement is the line that states, "Treo Pro is the first Palm phone available with Internet Explorer Mobile 6". We were previously told that existing devices couldn't support Internet Explorer Mobile 6, but it seems that those of us with a current Palm Treo Pro should be able to upgrade to this version as well. What the heck is going on here Microsoft?

Topics: Telcos, Browser, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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