When the Palm Centro was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, Sprint promised that this smartphone would have its worldwide debut on October 14. The telcom has just announced that it will meet that deadline… mostly.
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This Palm OS device will indeed go on sale Sunday, but the only version that will be available will have a black casing. The one in red won’t go on the market until November.
The Centro will cost $100, a price below what any previous smartphone from Palm has sold for at its launch. However, in order to get that price, users will have to sign up for a two-year service agreement and qualify for a $100 mail-in rebate. To be eligible for the rebate, customers must sign up for a data plan that is $25 or more per month.
Update: As promised, the Centro with a black casing can now be ordered on Sprint’s web site. The version in red is currently slated for release on November 4.
More About the Palm Centro
Palm and Sprint are targeting the Centro at consumers and first-time smartphone users, hence its small size and low price.
This will be the second device from this company using a new smaller and lighter design. Nevertheless, it will still include a full QWERTY keyboard and a 320 by 320 pixel touchscreen. It will be 4.2 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and 0.73 inches thick, and weigh 4.2 ounces.
This device will run on Sprint’s CDMA network, and support this carrier’s high-speed EV-DO wireless network. It will also include Bluetooth.
In addition, the Centro will have a microSD card slot and a 1.3 MP camera.