Palm, Inc. is now offering an unlocked version of the Centro, its most recent Palm OS-based smartphone. Unlike other versions of this device, it can be used with any wireless carrier that employs the GSM standard.
The Centro sells for $100 through Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, but to get this price customers have to sign up for a multi-year service contract. The unlocked version costs $300, but comes without any strings attached.
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In the U.S., it can be used with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other smaller GSM carriers. It can also be used in most of the rest of world.
It is being sold in a new white color with grey accents, and can be purchased online at palm.com/centro.
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 unlocked 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 has been a very successful device for Palm. Sales passed the 1 million mark early this spring, and is well on its way to 2 million.