Verizon, The TREO, Traveling To Europe And The iPhone.

Bruce Nussbaum

I'm going to Davos in a couple of weeks so I decided to call Verizon to see if I could get a Treo that worked in Europe. Verizon, of course, does not work on a GSM standard, so it doesn't work in Europe (welcome to America's wonderful cell phone system). I talked for a dozen or minutes to someone in India. She was very nice and communicative but it took her some time to get the right number for me. Then I talked to a nice guy who had a regional American accent, so I guess I was bounced back here. That's fine.

What's not fine is that I can get a Verizon phone that works in Europe but not a Treo that works in Europe. I can make calls but can't get my email. If you have a Blackberry, you can get both calls and email. But not a Treo.

So Verizon supports the Treo in the US but not in Europe. Now I ask, who designed this business model? How provincial can you get? Did anyone at Verizon think of their customers and how they live and work? Argh... I guess I'll leave my Treo home, take my laptop for email and rent a cell in Switzerland. Thank you Verizon.

I hear that Cingular is GSM and the Treo that works on Cingular also works in Europe. Does that mean the Apple iPhone will work in Europe and Asia too? Both cell and email? I think so.

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