SPOTLIGHT: Palm stops Treo 650 shipments in Europe

Palm said it won't ship anymore Treo 650 smart phones into Europe because the handset doesn't pass Europe's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation that was enacted on Saturday. Palm officials said European buyers would have to wait until the end of the year for a successor to the 650. The news is partly to blame on Palm's lower guidance for the coming quarter. The RoHS  bans lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and two flame retardants--polybrominated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. As a result, major electronics makers have been working to revamp their products to comply with the new regulations. Article

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