AT&T announced that it would be carrying the HP Veer 4G on its network starting on May 15 for the low, low price of just $99 with a two-year agreement. This tiny phone, which runs webOS, packs some nice specs in such a small package. Get to know the HP Veer a little better in this slideshow, where we discuss features, size, and function.
Looks like the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi weren't enough to keep the wireless company afloat — according to Bloomberg news, Palm is up for sale. PC Mag covers other potential buyers including pros and cons of each, and Reuters suggests that the sale could total more than $1 billion.
So far, HTC seems to be the main contender, with both Engadget and Gizmodo expressing their support for the purchase. Why HTC? According to Gizmodo, acquiring Palm will put HTC in a good position to compete with Apple, mainly because of patents owned by Palm. Engadget echoes the support based on patents and suggests a few more perks: HTC needs a platform of its own and Palm needs good hardware; they already have a history of working together; HTC has a good relationship with cellular carriers. And with all of the HTC speculation, Palm's stock has already risen today, a sign that investors are happy with the potential takeover.
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After their CES debut, Palm's Pre Plus ($150) and Pixi Plus ($100) are finally available today, but with an extra added bonus — through Feb. 14, if you buy one Pre Plus or Pixi Plus, you get another Pixi Plus for free after a mail-in rebate! Perfect for you lovebirds who like matching gadgets, or for those of you who enjoy taking advantage of sweet two-for-one deals.
But to stand out from the Pixi Plus-carrying masses, you can customize yours with one of Palm's artist series Touchstone back plates that not only show off your style but allow you to charge your Pixi Plus without wires on Palm's Touchstone charging system. Life without wires? I'm all in.
If your mom dabbles in tech (mostly to get around faster, to stay connected with friends and family, and to surf her favorite blogs) but still likes her gadgets to look clean, then she's a lady after my own heart. Getting your mom to gravitate toward new gadgets can be a great way for her to use the latest streamlined technology to stay informed and have fun. Here's how I'd wire the geek chic mom who wants her gadgets to serve a purpose but wants to be entertained in the process.
The app virtually gives you the power to create your own WiFi cloud. Of course, this access will come at an extra cost, but it's something that will be available in the Palm App Catalog later this month, versus AT&T who has promised this to iPhone customers for nearly a year. Additionally, Palm is now opening up their developer program to the public to submit apps to the App Catalog. They've also started a $1 million dollar Hot Apps Bonus program which could earn popular developers some cold, hard cash. No prices have been announced for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, but they'll be talking numbers soon.
And although the Palm Pixi was just released this past November after making its debut at Fashion Week, Palm wants us ladies to fall in love with its tiny smartphone all over again: the company is preparing to launch a pink line of Pixis just in time for Valentine's Day. A leaked Sprint inventory screen shot reveals a pink hued Pixi in the mix, and the new handset will most likely be announced at CES on Thursday. So tell me — are you excited for a pink Pixi?
The WebOS phone, which comes with a creative design on the back, is said to only cost $99, but with Sprint taking $100 off of the Pre for new customers (now until Oct. 10), these two smartphones may actually become affordable for those who want a feature-filled phone without the unreasonable price tag.
I've been excited for the launch of the Palm Pre since its announcement at this year's CES, and it looks like we may have a release date: The Boy Genius Report has heard a rumor that the Pre might be available as early as April 30. Also heard on the grapevine? It might be $299 with a two year contract with Sprint.
The highly anticipated new smartphone, to remind you, will have an amazing OS and a the new wireless charger, the Touchstone.
While I remain a devote iPhone user, I'm not a stranger to using more than one cell phone at a time, and am more than tempted by the Pre. It's also the first worthy smartphone contender that Palm has produced in years, so I'm eager to try it out.
What about you — would you switch from your current phone to the Pre?