If you are in the market for an inexpensive cellphone but want more than just a basic model, the price of the Palm Centro with AT&T has dropped $30.
Now, after rebates and signing a new two-year contract with AT&T, the Centro can be yours for $70.
I can’t say I’m a fan of Palm devices lately, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive smartphone it might be worth checking out.
Another quarter, another loss reported for Palm.
Despite hot sales for their Centro smartphone, the once proud PDA maker reported a year-over-year change from a net gain of $15.4 million in spring 2007 to a $43.4 million loss a in spring 2008.
Palm is hoping their upcoming Treo models like the 800w for Sprint and Verizon and the 850 for AT&T can help turn things around, but I’m not so sure.
I don’t remember the last time Palm did something revolutionary but that’s what they need to do to survive–Samsung, Apple, LG, and RIM have all passed them in terms of innovation and customers satisfaction.
I hate to say this, but if they’d released the Foleo and made it independent from the Treo, it could have been strong competition for other UMPC’s like the Asus Eee PC and opened up the company to playing in a new market with new possibilities.
Sure, when times are tough you need to focus on your core competencies and do them well, but it seems they can’t so maybe it’s time to expand or fade away for good?
Verizon has officially announced that they will be selling the Palm Centro smartphone tomorrow and thankfully the price is nowhere near what a story from yesterday thought it would be.
After signing a new 2-year contract and sending in a $70 mail-in rebate, the Centro will cost you $99.99.
Features of the handset will include:
- 320 x 320 touchscreen
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Palm OS 5.4.9 including one-touch access to key applications
- 64MB available user storage
- microSD slot with support up to 4GB
- Bluetooth 1.2
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom
- Google Maps application
For more info check out the press release here.
Verizon subscribers eager to get their hands on Palm’s Centro smartphone should be able to get their fix this Friday.
Assuming the specs will be more or less the same as the Centro models sold by Sprint and AT&T, the specs will include:
- 320×320 touchscreen display
- Palm OS by ACCESS 5.4.9
- 64MB available user storage
- microSD card support (up to 4GB)
- Up to 3.5 – 4 hours talk time, 300 hours standby
The price is expected to be
$269.99 $99.99 with a 2-year contract. Wasn’t the Centro supposed to be the cheap smartphone that removed the price barrier for students, budding young executives, etc. from getting a smartphone? I can’t imagine paying that much for a Centro but if you’re tied to Verizon and Palm apps I suppose you could justify it.
UPDATED: Thankfully the originally posted price of $269.99 was wrong! The real price will be $99.99 after signing a 2-year contract and sending in a $70 mail-in rebate.
Palm announced today that their $99 Centro smartphone, on sale since September of 2007, has passed the one million sold mark.
Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, said “the Palm Centro is flying off the shelves because users who want to step up to a smartphone see it s the perfect first choice.”
According to a recent survey, 70% of Centro customers are first-time smartphone users and the Centro is also “reaching almost double the number of women, more than double the number of customers under age 35, and nearly three times as many customers with a household income of less than $75,000.”
You can check out the full press release here if you’re interested.
Well known money bleeder Palm said that while the company had the strongest single quarter in phone sales in their history, they still have a net loss of $31.5 million in 2008.
Recently Palm hired former Apple executive Jon Rubenstein to reorganize Palm’s business and try and revitalize its products.
Rubenstein (the co-creator of the Apple iPod) was believed to have had significant influence on the Centro and is helping rework the Treo line which is expected to be updated within the next year.