Verizon Wireless To Get Palm webOS Devices

Verizon Wireless To Get Palm webOS Devices

Well, well, what do we have here? It looks like Palm is upping the specs on its Pre smartphone with the introduction of the new Palm Pre Plus. This smartphone is headed to Verizon Wireless and will offer twice the internal memory of the original (16GB, with 15GB user available) as well as a Palm Touchstone Back Cover for charging. The new Palm Pixi Plus now features Wi-Fi and will also come to Verizon Wireless.

Palm's also offering the new Palm mobile hotspot webOS app that lets you create a personal Wi-Fi cloud and share Internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Both new smartphones are expected to be available January 25th.


Palm webOS Arrives On Verizon Wireless’ Network With A Plus

Unique 3G Mobile Hotspot Feature Lets Customers Share with Up To Five Wi-Fi-Capable Devices

01/07/2010 — LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) announced the Jan. 25 availability of Palm® Pre™ Plus and Palm Pixi™ Plus, bringing the Palm webOS™ experience to customers on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network.

Palm Pre Plus has a large, vivid touch screen; high-performance processor; and slide-out keyboard. The Pre Plus keyboard makes for quick and easy typing, while the unique gesture area provides a sleek look and intuitive navigation. Pre Plus also comes with the Palm Touchstone™ Back Cover, making the phone compatible with the revolutionary inductive Touchstone Charging Dock (sold separately). Verizon Wireless Pre Plus customers will also get 16 GB of storage (approximately 15 GB user available) for applications and media.

Feature-rich, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus offer Verizon Wireless customers greater flexibility for access to the Internet with Wi-Fi. In addition, the all-new Palm mobile hotspot, a webOS app that can be downloaded from the Palm App Catalog, gives customers the option of creating a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the reliability and high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players.

Social communicators and first-time smartphone buyers who want an affordable and customizable phone and instant access to messaging and Web content will love Pixi Plus. Customers have a host of options for personalizing their phones with the separately-sold Palm Pixi Artist Series Back Covers (www.palm.com/artistseries) and new color Pixi Touchstone Back Covers, which will be available in pink, blue, green, orange and black.

“The Palm experience is all about helping our customers stay connected so they never miss a thing,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re constantly enriching this experience with new features and innovations. The Verizon Wireless launch of Pre Plus and Pixi Plus is the next phase in delivering this unique Palm experience to more people.”



“The Palm webOS family is a great addition to Verizon Wireless’ robust line-up of smartphones,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The outstanding capabilities and functionalities on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus give customers a wealth of customization options to help them manage their lives. Customers get the latest technology from Palm along with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network for an unsurpassed mobile experience.”

Following are key features and specifications available on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus:
  • webOS – Allows customers to run multiple applications simultaneously and provides over-the-air software updates delivered automatically to their devices
  • Palm Synergy™ – Brings customers’ information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view
  • Unobtrusive notifications and universal search
  • Palm App Catalog – Currently offers more than 1,000 webOS applications for download
  • High-speed connectivity
  • Gesture area – Enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • High-performance, desktop-class Web browser
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • E-mail, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal e-mail support (Google Gmail™ push, Yahoo!®, POP3, IMAP)
  • VZ Navigator(SM) – Allows customers to get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
  • USB mass storage mode
  • Proximity sensor – Automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display when consumers put their phones to their ears
  • Light sensor – Reduces power usage by dimming the display if the ambient light is dark
  • Accelerometer – Automatically orients Web pages and photos
  • Ringer switch – Easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Multimedia options, including pictures, video playback and music as well as a camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Additional Palm Pre Plus Specs
  • 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Dimensions: 2.35” x 3.96” x 0.67”
  • Weight: 4.89 ounces
Additional Palm Pixi Plus Specs
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Fixed QWERTY keyboard
  • Dimensions: 2.17” x 4.37” x 0.43”
  • Weight: 3.26 ounces
Availability:
  • Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Jan. 25. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
  • 3G mobile hotspot is a separately-purchased feature added to a voice and data plan.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
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They have to do something quick to keep on keeping on in this business.

The iPhone and now Android/Nexus One phones are squeezing them mercilessly.

Their Application store has empty shelves compared to the competition too.

I wish them luck. They'll need it,...........

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