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Sprint: Treo Pro the next best thing (natch)

Palm Sprint wants you to buy a Pre. That's no surprise. But the Pre isn't right for just anybody. And if it's not for you? Try the Windows Mobile-powered Treo Pro, says Palm Sprint.

(Yeah, yeah, what other Palm choice is there? Try to let that go for a minute.)

In the internal docs our brethren uncovered, we learn that Sprint's Palm's breaking down users into two classes: IT Centric and Non-IT Centric. You can read for yourself the differences in the pic above. But basically, if you're part of a smaller business (fewer than 100 employees) and your IT department doesn't require major control over your phone, then the Pre's for you. Otherwise, hit up Windows Mobile and MSCMDM.

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  • I like the Treo Pro, and will likely like the Pre. Once again, Sprint doesn't get it - they can't afford NOT to sell the Pre to the IT-Centric folks - they are a core base of any new smartphone.
  • It is not meant for IT centric folks since IT departments at enterprise level will say: "take it back." In a year the Pre, or more correctly the OS, will have undergone enough field time to gain confidence of IT and enterprise. Until then selling to it to professional level users will just result in mass returns.
  • it looks like sprint is saying this....NOT palm.
  • Too ... much ... news ... Too ... Many ... Phones. (Thanks. Fixed.)
  • All these comments kill me in their one-sided simplicity. You are WM Experts? Then you know that anyone can license the EAS API but in order to implement policy support you must give your source code to Microsoft and undergo some certification process that is lengthy and exposes your underpants (or slip, for you ladies). If you try to release a product that needs some degree of secrecy then you cannot implement EAS advanced policies at launch. Period. The iPhone could not do it either. Apple had to wait until all intellectual capital was protected (like the Treo ringer on/off switch, [SIC]) and then implement EAS security policies as a software upgrade. What do you do in the meanwhile if you're not traditionally a one-horse show? You sell the Treo Pro to IT organizations who absolutely must treat their users in a truly bureaucratic manner via either SCMDM or BES impositions. So yes, I agree with Palm and Sprint: if someone walks into a store knowing nothing about the 2 jillion flavors and nuances of Exchange security implementations, I want to be told that I may not be able yet to conect to a server which imposes a 16-digit alphanumeric password with a wrong-password kill pill set at 3 retries. How about you?
  • It isn't that. The departments will refuse to allow access. At our firm we have manuals, support documentation and implementation guides for the iPhone. They came out one year after iPhone launched after Apple spent tens and tens of millions with teams on site at several leading firms to get the ball rolling.
  • Anon, Not sure what side of the bed you woke up on, but your rant makes no sense, and you obviously don't have much experience in Corp IT, Telecomm, or Marketing.