Gadget of the Day: Palm Treo 500

Take the 'v' off the end of Palm Treo 500v and what have you got? A Palm Treo 500 with no contract. Yes, you can now get some Palm Treo smartphone act

Take the 'v' off the end of Palm Treo 500v and what have you got? A Palm Treo 500 with no contract. Yes, you can now get some Palm Treo smartphone action whatever network you're on. Stocks are winging their way to the Palm store as we speak.

It's the same Windows Mobile 6 handheld with Palm's nifty messaging software that keeps track of conversations by text. And you'll get an identical two-megapixel camera, 3G data, email and Microsoft Office yumminess – just without the Vodafone lock-in.

Snare the first charcoal-grey specimens from Monday and feel the freedom as you insert a non-Vodafone SIM. Almost sexual, wouldn't you say? No? Just us, then.

Essentials

Palm Treo 500

Price: £270

On sale: 28 January (pre-order now)

Contact: Palm Store