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Palm pulls smart phone from Europe due to hazardous materials

Antony Savvas

Palm has stopped shipping its only European smart phone because it does not meet EU hazardous substance regulations.

The company has stopped shipments of its Treo 650 smart phone after failing to meet the requirements of the RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) directive.

The European smart phone market is dominated by devices running on the Symbian and BlackBerry operating systems, and North America remains Palm’s main market, despite its efforts to spread.

The decision to pull the Treo 650 from Europe will not help its market development plans, and it comes after the company recently opened an engineering facility in Dublin.

Palm said it decided last year not to update the Treo 650 to satisfy the directive, even though UK operators are currently heavily promoting it as a wireless data product to consumers and companies.

Existing stocks of the phone already in Europe can still be sold, but as a result of Palm’s decision, retailers and operators will now have to wait until later this year to sell an alternative that meets safety requirements.

Palm plans to release a new European model some time in 2006. Palm recently released two other Treos, the 700w and the 700p, but only to the North American market.


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