I did not win one the Treo 650s that Palm was giving away the other day even though I entered about 67 times with various e-mail addresses, however, I did “win” several 15% off coupons for the Palm store. This means that if I want an unlocked 650, it’s $699 less $104.85 for a total cost of $594.15, which is still pretty steep, but does get me a device with no subsidy lock. Alternatively, I could go with Cingular for $499 (with one year agreement) less $74.85 for a total cost of $424.15, but in order to have them unlock the phone, I have to navigate through their phone tree hell and need to be a customer in good standing (not worried about that) for a minimum of 90 days.
Hard to decide, really. If the Blackberry client for the Treo were available, I’d probably pull the trigger today, but no one seems to have any idea when that software will be released in the US.
I have until April 26 before the coupons expire, so I guess I’ll have to think a little more about it.