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Why Hasn't Handspring Released Treo 180 Yet?

About two weeks ago, David Pogue said that Handspring would ship the Treo 180 on January 14. That date has come and gone, so we began asking our friends who are generally in the know: Why didn't Handspring ship when Pogue said they would?

One thing that is clear in surveying other news cites: David Pogue did not name January 14 because of a Handspring press release. A couple of other sites pointed out that Pogue went out on a limb with this prediction.

Then, there's the idea that carrier support in the United States is not yet in place. News.com reports that Handspring has not announced a carrier deal although they intend to ship finished product in January. Carrier support is probably necessary in order to permit the Treo to be sold at the lower price that was to be available to customers who signed service contracts.

FWIW, PalmInfoCenter contradicts the News.com article, saying, "According to Handspring, it has already lined up an impressive collection of wireless service providers. In the U.S., this includes Cingular and VoiceStream. They also have agreements with companies in Canada. However, none of these have officially been announced."

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