Hoping to Spur Sales, Sprint Lowers the Palm Pixi to $50

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Sprint has cut the price of the Palm Pixi in half. This is clearly an attempt at bolstering sales of this entry-level smartphone, which have been lackluster, despite genrally positive reviews from experts and users.

Yesterday, Palm admitted that sales of its latest models aren’t meeting expectations. A price cut the after this annuncment isn’t a surprise — such drops are one of the best tools companies have to increase sales of their products.

Palm PixiIt also comes a few days after Verizon cut the price of its version to $80. This model, the Palm Pixi Plus, is alsmost identical except for the addition of Wi-Fi.

The New Price
The Pixi debuted exclusively from Sprint in November. At launch, it sold for $100 with a two-year service contract.

As of today, Sprint is selling this model for $50 with two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.

An Overview of the Palm Pixi
The Pixi can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. Like those earlier consumer-friendly models, it has an easily pocketable design with a touchscreen, keyboard, and an affordable price.

This device has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen. This display is smaller and has a lower resolution screen than its predecessor, the Palm Pre, but the Pixi itself is smaller and lighter, and sells for a lower price.

This smartphone runs Palm’s webOS, a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange.

It comes with a highly-capable web browser, email software, and multimedia player. Additional third-party applications are also available.

This device has 8 GB of built-in storage, 3G wireless access, a 2.0 MPx camera, a GPS receiver, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

Source: Sprint



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