The new Pre Plus will sell $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and Pixi Plus will cost $100 after a $100 mail-in rebate, each with a new two-year customer agreement.
In addition, those who buy either of these will be able to get an additional Palm Pixi Plus for free, after a mail-in rebate through Feb. 14. A service contract for this second device will be required.
Anyone who purchase these smartphones is required to sign up for a $30 a month unlimited data plan. Voice plans start at $40 a month.
Verizon will launch these updated webOS models next week.
The new Palm Pre Plus will offer more storage than its predecessor. The current version, available only from Sprint, has 8 GB of built-in storage, while the upcoming one will have 16 GB.
In addition, the button in the Palm Pre’s gesture area has been made virtual — it’s physically gone, but the functionality has not changed.
The Pixi Plus will include Wi-Fi. a feature not in the Sprint model that launched this fall.
Both of these smartphones are going to have a new capability: they will be able to function as Wi-Fi access points, sharing their 3G mobile broadband connections with up to five other devices, like laptops and handhelds. Using this service will cost an additional $40 per month, though.
Both models are going to launch with webOS 184.108.40.206, not version 1.4 that was unveiled at CES earlier this month. A system software update is scheduled for February.
An Overview of the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, and webOS
The Palm Pre and Pixi uses 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.
The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
The Pre features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable touchscreen. This device is also equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The Pixi 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, capacitive touchscreen. The Pixi is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the Pre.