For a limited time, AT&T is cutting the cost of the Palm Centro by $30. This includes a new version in an "electric blue" casing which launched this week.
The reason given for this price drop was the back-to-school shopping season, but unconfirmed reports have indicated that AT&T’s version of this smartphone isn’t selling as well as the ones from Sprint and Verizon, possibly because it lacks 3G high-speed wireless networking support.
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The $30 savings comes in the form of a mail-in rebate, bringing the cost for a Centro down to $70 after a two-year service agreement. This offer is good through September 20.
This smartphone at the lower price is available now on Palm’s website.
More About the Palm Centro
The Centro is targeted at consumers and first-time smartphone buyers.
It is the smallest Palm OS-based smartphone ever. Nevertheless, it still includes a full QWERTY keyboard and a 320-by-320-pixel touchscreen. It is 4.2 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and 0.73 inches thick, and weighs 4.2 ounces.
The AT&T version of this device does not offer 3G wireless networking, but it does include support for the 2.5G standard EDGE.
In addition, the Centro has Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and a 1.3 MP camera.
This is the Palm’s fastest selling smartphone in Palm’s history, with over 2 million units sold so far.
An unlocked version is available for those who would like to use it with GSM carriers that do not officially offer it.