The timing is strange, but regardless, WebOS has finally, officially
landed on AT&T.
The Palm Pre Plus isn't the newest smartphone on
the market, but it's WebOS
' first landing on America's largest GSM
carrier. What's odd, though, is no one really knows about the future of
WebOS, and the future of Palm as a whole lies entirely in the hands of
HP, who decided to acquire the company a few weeks ago.
Just under a week ago, AT&T confirmed that the Pre Plus was coming
," and today the phone officially went on sale. For all intents
and purposes, this is the exact same phone that launched on Verizon
Wireless a few months ago, except with a GSM radio instead of a CDMA
radio, of course. What's not aligned, however, is the pricing.
Verizon Wireless has had the phone so long that they have reduced the
pricing to just $29.99 with a two-year contract, and users get Mobile
HotSpot thrown in for free. This allows users to turn on the data
signal on their Pre Plus, and up to five devices can "tether" over the
connection via Wi-Fi. Usually, carriers change an extra $30 on top of
the $30/month for a normal data plan, but VZW throws it in for free.
AT&T, on the other hand, will still charge you another $30/month
for the extra tethering. And you'll pay significantly more up-front for
the phone itself: $149.99 on a two-year contract.
So, in the end, you're looking at an extra $120 up-front over Verizon
plus you don't get the Mobile HotSpot feature for free (a $30/month
value). We can't really imagine who would opt for this Pre Plus over
the one on Verizon, but it's available if you can think of a reason.
The Pixi Plus, the Pre Plus' little brother, is scheduled to go on sale
on AT&T June 6th.