Palm Pre, Pixi Fire Sale Follows HP-Palm Merger

rated by 0 users
This post has 4 Replies | 0 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,850
Points 1,171,125
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Tue, May 4 2010 12:56 PM
Like a caped avenger, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week swooped in and scooped up Palm, saving the day for the struggling smartphone maker who, up to that point, was faced with an uncertain future. In the wake of the acquisition, Verizon has gone and slashed the price of Palm's HP's two webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre and Pixi.

These aren't minor price cuts either, but fairly significant ones. The Palm Pre Plus is now selling for just $29 with a 2-year contract, which is $120 less than the original price just four short months ago. That's a pittance to pay for a high-end device with 16GB of storage, 3G capabilities, slide out keyboard, and touchscreen display, among other goodies.



If you'd rather, the Palm Pixi Plus is also selling for $29 with a two-year contract, but it gets even better. Verizon is offering a buy one, get one free deal for the both the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, while Sprint has begun giving away the Palm Pixi, also with a two-year deal.

The massive discounts may seem sudden, but they make sense given that Palm's Pre series have largely been overshadowed by the deluge of Android devices popping up. At these price points, however, the Pre Plus and Pixi may find themselves back in the limelight.
  • | Post Points: 50
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 10
Joined: May 2010
vara411 replied on Tue, May 4 2010 1:58 PM

Umm... this "fire sale" did not happen suddenly, nor did it happen in the wake of the HP merger. Pre Plus was already selling for $49.99 Buy One Get One Free when the deal hit.

One thing's for sure: with the free mobile hotspot, the Pre Plus is a downright steal on Verizon. Anyone on the fence because of Palm's uncertain future can rest easy now. After HP scooped them up, webOS is here to stay.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 209
Points 2,185
Joined: Feb 2010

$29 is around 42 percent off of $49.99. That's a pretty significant savings, and deserving of a "fire sale" designation.

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 10
Joined: May 2010
vara411 replied on Tue, May 4 2010 2:42 PM

LOL, okay... fire sale it is, then.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: May 2010
FNugen replied on Wed, May 5 2010 11:08 AM

I don't get the fire sale thing, either. My DH and I scooped up the Palm Pixi Plus at Verizon April 6, pretty much a month before this hit. While a drop on the Pre from $49 to $29 is pretty significant, the difference from the original price -- not so much. The contract is what pays for them anyway.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (5 items) | RSS