Treonauts has been doing its usual stellar job keeping me up to date on the new Treo 700p — the Palm, high-speed version of the phone I love. Andrew has more details today. I’m sure to upgrade (as soon as my old Treo 650 is a year old in June and I can qualify for an upgrade rebate) because I want the high-speed. Desperately.

What sold me on EVDO high-speed is the free use of another phone from Sprint. I didn’t use it hardly at all (my son is taking it over) but I used it enough to see the benefits, which for me are two:

First, I got to watch live TV on the phone and I am certain that the next time a big news story breaks, I’ll end up watching the news on my new Treo. Sure, I could get web, RSS, or email updates on my slower phone today. But we’re all trained to turn to TV for the big, breaking story and if I can do that from anywhere, I will. It lets news junkies snort news.

Second, Sprint wisely released this phone with the ability to use it as a high-speed modem for your laptop. Others have tried to cripple that. It’s a major selling point for this phone. I’ll then be able to cancel my Verizon EVDO card, which costs me $90 a month, and use Sprint’s unlimited data plan on my Treo, saving money and giving me one less gadget to carry around.

Can’t wait.

  • Phonenvy?

    It’s truely amazing how much they can squeeze out of FrankenGarnet. I hear that the 700p can’t support wifi because of this old OS (or could be the carrier’s demand).

    Over at TreoCentral, Marcus is testing his pre-production model. He was able to stream XM radio along with doing some other tricks.

  • Speaking of wifi…

    Right now there’s a group in California pushing for opening up cable (etc.) competition in the state. Says it would lower prices and improve services. Around the country a number of cities are installing wifi for people to use. With competition on its way, and wifi becoming readily available in more and more locations, I wonder when the cable companies and telcos are going to wake up to the potential inherent in wifi, instead of trying to hold on to a moribund business plan.