You are laughing at me I’m sure but I find that I can’t live without my Palm Phone. Oh yes, I have tried the Black Jack (Hated it), The Tilt (Not much better) and a Sam-sung that died a mysterious death, thank God.
But I was spoiled. I had invested in the Treo 600 Palm phone along with my husband. It was a new technology at the time. It was one of the first new touch screen phone. This phone came with a little toothpick stick called a stylus that had it’s own little holder in the body of the phone and a clear tape screen protector to prevent scratch marks on the screen. SD card memory slot so you could quickly move information from the phone memory to the your computer. A computer USB port to back up your data to your computer hard drive and update the program of the phone through the Internet. Blue Tooth Technology…. Wireless earpiece/receiver. (Yeah, sounded great until I heard the price of the Blue Tooth Items. I almost said no to the whole deal but I had a discount so I wasn’t going to be paying the full price plus I had gotten a buy one get the other half off offer. The bargain shopper in me couldn’t pass this up!) That was my birthday and Christmas gift all in one for both my husband and I. We had invested in a product that had surpassed both of our expectations and to this day I still hunt out a Palm Phone.
In my hands I held a phone the size of my own palm (literally) that had a large digital color screen with picture quality better than analog TV and some cable channels. (Yeah, everything is digital now so my age is showing.) I could use the tip of my finger on the screen unlike my husband who complained that his finger was too big and he kept accidentally hitting the wrong key and used his stylus religiously. My phone became my address book with the callers full name, picture, email address, website address, fax number, home, work and mobile phone numbers, birthday information that included the month, date and year, home address, business address for more than one location and extra phone number lines. This phone had special ring tone so I knew if it was family, work, friends, or even my doctor was calling. I could download clips of songs as ring tones which was unheard of in those days.
I went through three wireless blue-tooth earphones. I liked them so much that i just kept upgrading the earphone to a smaller, more comfortable and now military grade earphone. You touch the side button on the earpiece or click the answer button on your phone. The earpiece was a little weird looking but you could talk from four to six hours on standby and your phone became wireless. Your earpiece was short but it was a receiver as well so no holding the phone to your head as you drove to hear someone talk or for you to talk back. My phone had became my lifeline. Internet, MS Word, IM, Tex ting, Email, my phone was slowly replacing my computer.
Then the day came that I changed phone companies. My last Palm Centro had been stolen. I decided $200.00 a month was a ridiculous amount to charge for services on a Niki I truly hated. Bye, bye Palm. I was lost with the new phone that was given to me by my new carrier, free. It was a Kyocera with no camera and very little to offer. I slowly transferred some of the information into my new phone, yet my Treo remained charged and full of information that I used everyday. My mini laptop, my beloved Palm Treo was not flashable. I almost cried. But slowly through the grapevine I heard of flashable Palm phones. I investigated and the rumors were true.
After careful research and a lot of time on EBay I found my hearts desire. Clean ENS (I’m still a little unsure about what it means but I found that it’s best to make sure because it can interfere with flashing the phone), good working condition Palm flashable phone. (Less than $20.00 on EBay and that included the shipping. Yes I am a bargain shopper!) It just came in the mail today. After almost a year of my Palm Treo sitting in my purse next to my free phone, I can’t wait to get the box open and the phone charged. The program is the same I just have to transfer the information from one Palm to the other. At last, my Palm Phone and I shall be reunited as ONE! (Once it’s flashed that is!)