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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Palm Pulls Treo 650 from Europe

Palm has stopped shipping its Treo 650 smartphone in Europe as the device falls foul of newly ratified environmental regulations.

The current model does not comply with the RoHS Directive that came into effect on 1 July. The regulation limits the amount of hazardous material such as lead, mercury and cadmium that can be used in electronic devices.

Palm said that it will still be able to sell its existing stock of Treo 650 phones that are already in Europe.

The company plans to introduce a new model by the end of the year that complies with the environmental rules, a spokesman told vnunet.com.

The Treo 650 is the only Palm smartphone currently available in Europe. The company's Treo 700 model is available to buyers in North America only.

Palm's decision temporarily to shift focus away from the European market raises questions about its dedication to the region. The company has traditionally struggled in the European market.

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