Verizon has dropped the contract price for the Palm Pre Plus by $100, a third of its previous cost. The Palm Pixi Plus has also had a dramatic price cut, and Verizon has removed the fee for using the smartphones as Wi-Fi hotspots.
The Palm Pre Plus debuted at $150, but starting today is $50. The Palm Pixi Plus started at $100, dropped to $80 in February, and is now $30. These prices require a two-year contract and a monthly data plan of $29.99 or higher.
In addition, customers buying one of the smartphones have the option to get a second one for free, but they also have to get another service plan.
Free Wi-Fi Router Service
The Pre Plus and Pixi Plus come with software that allows them to function as Wi-Fi access points, sharing their 3G mobile broadband connections with up to five other devices, like laptops and handhelds.
Previously, using this service cost an additional $40 per month. Starting today, that fee is waived.
An Overview of the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus
The Pre Plus features a sliding keyboard as well as a 3.1-inch multi-touch-capable Touchscreen with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution. The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and is also equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The Pixi Plus can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. It has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch capacitive Touchscreen with 320 x 400 pixel resolution. The model is smaller, lighter and less expensive than the Pre Plus.
The smartphones run the webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented 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.