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PalmOne seems bound and determined to slough off all the good will anyone ever had for them, with so many customer-last maneuvers you'd think they were run by Steve Jobs or something. Last night, PalmOne raised the price on their unlocked, unsubsidized Treo 650 GSM model from $599 to $699, citing a 'pricing error.' That's total and complete bullshit and everyone knows it—something as important as the price of a launching product gets checked and re-checked.

The increase means one of two things: so many people were buying the generic GSM version that they felt they could milk them for another $100 without worrying about losing sales (doubtful), or Cingular put the squeeze on them, worried that too many people would get the unlocked model instead of tying themselves to a carrier for a year or two. Either way, it's a total slap in the face to people who have been waiting for this product for months, although they should be used to the ill treatment by now. After the RAM problems and broken Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking, both of which Palm promised to address but never followed through on, Palm users should feel properly put in their place.

I have a Cingular Treo 650 on the way for testing. I think I'm just going to send it back, unopened.

palmOne Raises Unlocked GSM Treo 650 Price [Treonauts]