Palm announced today that both its most recent smartphones are headed for AT&T, the third major U.S. wireless carrier to pick up webOS-based devices.
AT&T is going to offer the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, updated version of two models that debuted last year. Both have a consumer focus, with multi-touch capacitive displays, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and hardware keyboards.
The Pixi Plus can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. It has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel touchscreen and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The Pixi Plus is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the Pre Plus.
AT&T is going to charge $150 for the Palm Pre Plus and $50 for the Pixi Plus, with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
This carrier has not yet revealed when it expects to release these products, just that they will be n the market “in the coming months”.
Both these models run Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
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Sprint released the first webOS-based models last year, and Verizon introduced the updated versions of these smartphones in January. AT&T will soon join this group.
At this point, the only one of the top U.S. wireless carriers that hasn’t committed to the webOS is T-Mobile, but there have been unconfirmed reports that this may change.
Nevertheless, sales of the Pre and Pixi series models haven’t lived up to Palm’s expectations. Although generally well liked by reviewers, they haven’t been strong competitors against Apple’s iPhone or Android OS-based smartphones like the Motorola Droid