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Well it only took about 12 months but the Palm Treo Pro  (full review) finally caved in today and had its finicky ext ROM unlocked thanks to cmonex and the first custom ROM by CFay, which just happens to be one of the latest versions of WM6.5.1 (Build 23409). 

CFay has also released a "clean" WM6.1 ROM, stripped of bloatware and tweaked for style and performance.

The Palm Treo Pro, designed by Palm but built by HTC, has much more in common with other HTC devices than previous Treos. However, unlocking the ROM files so new ones can be rebuilt has eluded many developers so far, proving to be as tough as Motorola devices.

And since we've heard nary a peep from anyone about an official ROM update from Palm, this is probably your only chance.

Users should be warned that this is in the very early stages of development and currently *only CDMA Treos* can do this, so let the dust settle before jumping, m'kay

Get all the goodies here:

A big congratulations and thanks goes to cmonex and CFay for their hard work.  Don't forget to show them some support via donations!

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There's been quite a bit of consternation over the initial prices that carriers are charging for the HTC Touch Pro 2. Officially, Sprint and T-Mobile are on the high end, at $349, and Verizon's undercutting them at $199. That's all with the usual rebates and contracts, of course and it's a bit moot because we all know it's fairly easy to sweet talk a rep into getting you a lower price.

And that's the whole game of subsidizing phones — they want to lock you into that much more lucrative two-year contract, where the data rates and voice charges really start to make money. (And don't even get us started on text messages.)

After the break, we take a look at ballpark total two-year costs for the T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Touch Pro 2. (AT&T, as we all know too well, is still MIA on the Touch Pro 2, save for a leaked pic and a possible FCC listing.)

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Sure enough, folks, the major change in Sprint plans we just alluded to came through this morning. You now can call any mobile phone, on any carrier, without burning your minutes.

That gives Sprint some of the hottest phones around — starting with the Touch Pro 2, natch, and including the Palm Pre and Android-powered HTC Hero — paired with data plans that are tough to beat. Let's hope the other carriers feel the pressure and start moving their prices downward, as well.

Check out the full deal after the break.

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We're getting late breaking news here at WMExperts that Sprint is poised to launch a "revolution" today (Thursday) for their Sprint Premier, Sprint Everything Data and select business plans.

So what is ‘Sprint Any Mobile’?

Reportedly, Sprint is going to allow you to call any domestic mobile number, regardless of carrier, any time for free.  Now most Sprint customers already have the free Sprint-to-Sprint mobile calls on their plans, but this will extend that to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.

Best part? Reportedly this is a free upgrade to those customers with the above mentioned qualifying plans.

You have to give it to Sprint: one of the fastest data networks, 4G Wimax, the Palm Pre, just announced Palm PixiHTC Hero, Touch Pro 2 and now this. That's change we like to see! 

But what say you--will you benefit from this feature and is it enough to save Sprint?

[via PreCentral.net]

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Tip: Enable Auto-Complete on Touch Pro 2

This little trick (enabled traditionally under Settings --> Input) basically suggests words as you type. It serves two purposes when typing:

  1. It makes typing long words quicker
  2. Acts like default spell-check

I've been using it for years and for some reason,  at least on the Sprint Touch Pro 2, they disabled this function. Grr. Thankfully monomer888 hit me up on Twitter and linked me to this XDA post which details how to re-enable it.  Awesome

Grab your favorite registry editor and peep after the break to make the two easy registry changes! Need a registry tutorial?  Right here.

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If for whatever reason you haven't taken advantage of Sprint's telesales service and already have your Touch Pro 2 on the way, it's now available on Sprint's Web site, way, way down at the bottom of the smartphone listings, below the original Touch Pro and as far from the Palm Pre as it could possibly be. (Yeah, Sprint, we're calling you out on that.)

Pricing remains as before — $349.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. Or $600 outright.

Presumably the Touch Pro 2 should be available in stores anytime now, so chime in if you see one in the flesh.

Thanks, @rrescot

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If you've been following our coverage, you'll know that you can now order the Sprint Touch Pro 2 from Sprint telesales directly (866-866-7509).

A few lucky users got theirs delivered yesterday -- a mere 24 hrs after placing their order! Not bad. Of course the rest of us (including yours truly) will have to wait till Tuesday (we loved that band) due to that Labor Day/Sprint doesn't deliver on Saturday's thing (boo).

So, did you get yours yet?  If so, does it have unicorn support, fairy-dusted magic battery life and dream-fulfilling processing power? Let us know in comments!

Photos via stevedusa

   

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Sprint Touch Pro 2 Tutorials

Need something to pass the time while you wait for the Sprint Touch Pro 2 to be released? Sprint may have just what you need over on their support pages. Sprint has added tutorials and instructional videos for the Touch Pro 2 on their website's support page.

The tutorials range in topic from installing and charging the battery to setting up your email accounts. The videos offer a broad overview of the Touch Pro 2 as well as more specific instructions on the GPS system, Touchflo 3D and other features on the Touch Pro 2. Sprint also makes available the Touch Pro 2's User Guide for those in need of some light reading.

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We're getting word that as of today, September 3rd, you can now place pre-order for the just announced HTC Touch Pro 2 via Sprint TeleSales (866-866-7509).

All sorts of prices are being thrown around, depending on your current contract-status. There is a $100 MIR and you should be able to get the fee for over-night shipping waived. Some SERO users though are getting denied, so be careful.

The devices are also suppose to be in stock now, meaning deliveries could start as early as tomorrow (no tracking numbers have been confirmed as of yet) but most people are being told it won't ship till next week, so 3-5 business days.

Good luck everyone!

Update:  SERO users should try and call 1-888-503-3078--reportedly orders go through that channel with no problem. (thanks Russelhi).

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Not that it was a big secret that the HTC Touch Pro 2 would be coming to Sprint, but we now have a date and a price to go along with it.

On Sept. 8 (just as we thought), the TP2 will be available for $349.99 after $100 rebate and two-year contract. As we noted last week, it'll have Windows Mobile 6.1 on board. And, yeah, that's a whole lotta jing. But remember that the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 was priced the same at launch just a few weeks ago, and we already can get it for just $149.99 from a couple of sources (WMDeals and Amazon).

Sprint's presser (read the whole thing and see one more official pic after the break) says it'll be available via telesales (800-SPRINT1) and sales representatives, so in-store is looking likely, too.

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Friday Fun: Commercials

Go ahead and admit it, T-Mobile may have turned heads when they were the first to release the Touch Pro 2 but what really turned heads was the company bringing back Catherine Zeta Jones back as a spokesperson. It added a certain zest back to their commercials.

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and even Altel have cranked out some enjoyable commercials over the years. From Dieter Chad at Alltel to the "what if firefighters ran Congress?" commercials from Sprint these commercials make an impression on the viewer. You may not remember the sales pitch but the slogan, punch line or even the spokesperson keeps the company fresh in your mind.

Follow the break for a few more memorable commercials from wireless service providers.

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Okay folks we have some good news/bad news:

Bad news first is that Sprint and Verizon are launching the hotly anticipated Touch Pro 2 with the same build of Windows Mobile 6.1 as the recently launched Telus version (review).

Interestingly, US Cellular will be launching out the gate with Windows Mobile 6.5 on its Rhodium device, though we have no firm date on that release yet.

Now some goods news:  Sprint and Verizon both have working test-ROMs with Windows Mobile 6.5 already, meaning an official update won't be too far off after launch (8-12 weeks?).  Seems both companies are racing to get it out the door ASAP, so no one is waiting for a stable Windows Mobile 6.5.

Finally, Verizon is not only keeping the GPS unlocked, but it looks to be shipping with Bing/Live Search in the actual ROM. This is odd for them since Verizon usually includes its own Nav program and not Bing/Google Maps (like on the Ozone). Definitely a change in practice there!

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It hasn't been too much of a secret that we're expecting the Sprint Touch Pro 2 in the early part of September. We've already seen a direct ship date of Sept. 3, and now it looks like that's been pushed to Sept. 8, which could point to an in-store date of Sept. 13, if Sprint follows its MO of Sunday launches. Price is $599.99, before rebate and subsidy, we presume.

After the break, we look at a gem of a leak scored by bigchico68 at SprintUsers.com. (And thanks, aero, for the tip!)

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Here's an interesting development. The CDMA Development Group (CDG) just announced its "CDMA2000 1x Advanced Specifications", which appears to be a significant optional upgrade for EV-DO networks (Sprint and Verizon here in the U.S.).

One of these advances allows networks to increase voice capacity on their existing systems by taking advantage of  "...several interference cancellation and radio link enhancements. Among these improvements are base transceiver station (BTS) interference cancellation, improved power control, early frame termination, and smart blanking".  Whatever that means.

Perhaps even more impressive for customers is the creation of SVDO which is simultaneous 1X Voice and EV-DO Data. Unlike GSM, EV-DO cannot do both right now, so our 3G data connection becomes interrupted during calls. We also can't take advantage of "live" services like caller-ID look-up programs (like 'True Caller').

Unfortunately, no word from Sprint or Verizon on whether they would take advantage of this new advancement.  From the details, it looks like they can do this piecemeal or all-at-once, offering networks options for updating their existing technology. 

Perhaps if we shout loud enough, they'll hear us?

 

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GigaOM Pro Analyst Network has compiled, crunched, compared, and slide-showed wireless data stats for the second quarter of 2009. The numbers seem to indicate that the demand for wireless data continues to grow despite the national economic picture.

The highlights of the report are as follows:

  • U.S. wireless data service revenue grew 7% during the second quarter to $10.6 billion (with a "B"). This represents a 30% gain compared to the second quarter of 2008.
  • Verizon and AT&T represented the largest gains with both seeing an 8% increase.
  • The U.S. is now the largest mobile data market in the world passing Japan and China.

Broken down by service provider, Verizon is tops with regards to the total number of subscribers with 87.7 million followed closely by AT&T with 79.6 million.  Sprint was a distant third with 49.7 million subscribers.  Combined, AT&T and Verizon account for 69% of the data market and 61% of the wireless subscriber base.  Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon each saw an increase in Pre-Paid subscribers

GigaOM Pro offers a full review of the second quarter numbers here (subscription required) or you can follow the break to catch the slide show highlights.

More at GigaOM.

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No sooner do Malatesta and yours truly mull over whether the Sprint Touch Pro 2 will have a 3.5mm headphone jack in the upcoming podcast (look for it Monday) does Engadget give us the answer (as well as the best pics we've seen so far).

So, to recap, the Sprint, Verizon and Telus versions have it. T-Mobile doesn't. And while we're early into the leak cycle of the AT&T Tilt 2, we're gonna go out on a limb here and say odds are looking pretty good.

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