On a poor choice of dates to announce, Verizon is giving away a deal too hard to pass up. SvenOnTech has verified with Verizon that its new Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus promotion is indeed legitimate. From Verizon’s email to us:
This promotion is effective today — the website will be updated to reflect the new pricing of the devices. It will take a little more time to update the free Mobile Hotspot promotion but customers who purchase the device will be told of the free Hot Spot.
Customers who purchase or upgrade to a Palm Pre and Palm Pixi will get the Mobile Hotspot for free. Existing customers who already have the service will find charges on their next bill will be $0.00.
The device pricing will be: $49.99 buy one get one free, and the Pixi will be $29.99 buy one, get one free.
Get up and run to your Verizon store now and grab yourself some free Internet for you and your four pals because I can’t see this deal lasting for ever, folks!
Today’s availability of Palm® Pre™ Plus and Palm Pixi™ Plus will bring the Palm webOS™ experience to the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network. The reach and reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network will provide customers with a 3G advantage when they use Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to:
· Download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking portals to streaming radio
· Browse the Web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more at faster speeds
· Stream must-see video
· Share e-mails with friends, family and coworkers that include picture and video attachments
· Download and play vivid, rousing games
· Quickly download and play music favorites from top 40 to classical
· Work on the go with rapid file sharing
Palm Pre Plus is $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and Palm Pixi Plus is $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, each with a new two-year customer agreement. Buy a Palm Pre Plus or a Palm Pixi Plus and get a Palm Pixi Plus free after a mail-in rebate through Feb. 14.
Learn more about the features of the new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/01/pr2010-01-07c.html and http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/01/pr2010-01-21.html.
About Verizon Wireless’ 3G Network
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 NavigatorSM – 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
· 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.
Meet the most durable screen protection available. BoxWave’s ClearTouch Screen Protector for Palm Pre provides you with more than protection from scratches!
BoxWave’s ClearTouch screen protectors comes in two options: Crystal or Anti-Glare
ClearTouch Crystal screen protector benefits:
• True Color Display
• Eliminates 99% of UV
• Easily Cleaned
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• Textured finish
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• Masks blemishes
Anti-Glare ClearTouch: http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouch/cleartouch-screen-protector-palm-pre_3558.htm
Do you like to learn new things? Do you dream of travelling all over the world and visiting the most interesting and beautiful places on our planet? Maybe you are just interested in geography? Or you think that know everything and can’t be surprised?! Travel Genius fits the entire globe in your hand and tells you what you don’t know about the world we inhabit.
This original quiz is entirely devoted to geography and all that it involves. There are hundreds and hundreds of questions relating to continents and oceans, countries and peoples, famous personalities and the most significant inventions. They will be a hard nut to crack for even the brains of the most erudite people. Whatever question the topic is about – the answer will always be a place on the map. You can have fun and very usefully spend some time traveling together with the Travel Genius round the Earth’s continents. Perhaps this is the game that will suggest you a travel route for your next vacation! In addition, this quiz is the most exciting way to determine your geographic IQ! You will not only learn your level of knowledge, but also be able to compare results with average gamers and skillful travellers. The most important achievements can be shown in the world records table.
- Two difficulty levels
- Hardcore and traditional game modes
- Stylus control support
- Territorial and thematic filters of tasks
- 8 topics
- Detailed statistics and world record table
- More than seven hundred questions
- Geographical IQ determiner
The detailed information about the game, including screenshots, trailers and links for demo version are available on the HeroCraft PDA site – http://smart.herocraft.com/travel-genius.
Our beloved Ringo has just added some new free ringtones for all of those using Ringo. Made exclusively for Ringo, you won’t find these ringtones anywhere but at www.ringomo.com. Ranging in a mix of Classical, Country, Rock, Salsa (mmmm, salsa and chips) and Ragtime, you’re phone will keep things interesting with every call.
If you don’t know about Ringo, then read our review and find out why we loved it. It works for BlackBerry, WIndows Mobile, and the beloved (but forgotten?) Palm OS. With its easy to user interface and ability to play MP3s for ringtones and messages tones, why wouldn’t you get Ringo now? Ringo is available at ringomo.com for US$19.95.
Astraware(R) is excited to announce the release of Bubble Babble – a brand new word game for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs.
Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills – your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he’ll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!
Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining play modes which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:
Challenge – create a set number of words against the clock,
Target – reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles,
Mystery – try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word,
Freeplay – just enjoy making words to boost your points score.
Each day Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during play to earn a special award!
Use multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play – it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!
Bubble Babble is available for smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and above, and Windows Mobile Professional, Classic and Standard devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and later. The game is available from http://www.astraware.com/bubblebabble priced $19.95, with a limited time new release discount.
GTS World Racing is the must-have sequel to the highly acclaimed GTS Racing Challenge, and has been created by Pazzazz and published by Astraware.
Fans of classic coin-operated arcade racing games will love the retro style graphics and exhilarating sound effects. Experience the roar of engines as you select your car, race your opponents, set the fastest laptimes, score points for most race wins and burn rubber to gain championship victory!
GTS World Racing offers 64 track layouts across 16 worldwide locations – from snowscapes to dusty deserts; 3 car types to choose from each with their own handling characteristics; and 4 difficulty levels from Easy to Extreme!
The game offers 4 play modes to satisfy every level of expertise:
Single Race – check out the tracks and practice your skills before heading for the main event;
Challenge Cup – race at each of the 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position for your chosen difficulty;
Grand Tour – complete all 64 tracks in all 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position in each; and
Championship – complete the full 16 race season and score the most points to win the championship.
GTS World Racing is available for a wide range of smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and later, and Windows Mobile(R) Professional, Classic and Standard 2003 and later.
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that it has sold its one-millionth Palm Centro smartphone, demonstrating the product’s mass appeal to customers ready to get all the power of a smartphone at the price of a traditional mobile phone. Palm is now shipping Centro in 10 countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, France and Italy, and its already-rapid momentum is set to grow as Palm debuts the product in additional countries around the globe.
“The Palm Centro is flying off the shelves because users who want to step up to a smartphone see it as the perfect first choice,” said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. “It has everything a person needs to stay organized and connected with everyone who is important to them. We’re very excited about the Centro’s near-instant popularity in the U.S. and think it’s going to be a huge hit as it continues to make its way across the globe.”
First introduced in the United States last September exclusively with Sprint, and more recently introduced on AT&T in February, the fully featured Centro smartphone is available from both carriers for $99.99. Centro has reached more young adults and women, as well as a broader range of household income, than any prior Palm smartphone. It offers customers an affordable, simple and fun option for staying connected and doing more with their mobile phones.
“Smartphones are certainly not new to business professionals; however, now more than ever we are seeing consumers migrate toward these types of devices as form factors have become more appealing and price points are now competing with traditional mobile phones,” said Ryan Reith, senior research analyst with IDC. “Palm’s Centro plays right into the hands of the consumer looking for a more robust experience on their mobile phone. We definitely expect to see this trend continue worldwide.”
Increasingly, consumers are making the shift from traditional mobile phones to smartphones, motivated by the desire to do more with their phones and the arrival of lower-cost devices. Smartphones accounted for 11 percent of all mobile phone sales in 2007 in the United States, and this is expected to increase to 35 percent by 2011.(3) A recent Palm survey of Centro customers highlighted this trend, indicating that 70 percent are first-time smartphone users. When compared to other Palm smartphones, Centro also is 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.
Centro’s full QWERTY keyboard and color touch screen make it easy to quickly type text messages, respond to emails, start instant message conversations, browse the web and more. It offers all of the great organizer functionality for which Palm is renowned, such as a detailed and integrated contacts list and a simple and handy calendar for juggling business meetings and get-togethers with friends.
SEVEN, a global market leader in push email software, announced that its mobile e-mail solution is now available on more than 20 smart devices in AT&T’s extensive device portfolio including the recently launched Palm Centro. AT&T Xpress Mail, powered by SEVEN, provides one-click access directly from the home screen to personal and business email making it easier than ever before for consumers and business users to be connected on their AT&T branded smart devices.
The Palm Centro featuring AT&T Xpress Mail, powered by SEVEN, provides a plethora of messaging options, contact and calendar management for the mobile-savvy user. AT&T subscribers can benefit from the multimedia services offered on the first compact Palm OS smartphone offered by AT&T along with touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera, and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
“AT&T’s impressive device portfolio and push email services give customers more choices than ever,” said Ross Bott, CEO of SEVEN. “AT&T offers smart devices with a wide range of mobile platforms, features and functionality so customers always have a mobile phone that meets their needs – and with SEVEN’s versatile solution customers have a mobile email solution available that is compatible with their phone. Combining these smart devices with the SEVEN powered push email service and an unlimited data plan simplifies mobile email for the customer while making it easy to stay connected anywhere, anytime.”
Unparalleled selection of smart devices
The unparalleled selection of smart devices from AT&T caters to meet the individual needs of its subscribers. Users can select a device with their preferred size, operating system and graphical user interface, as well as their applications and features. This makes it easy to setup via download, which is key for adoption, as most users are afraid that setup will be difficult and timely. Users will also benefit from having Xpress Mail conveniently available from the home screen of the device, providing easy access to email from popular email providers such as AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! as well as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, as well, among others.
“AT&T’s SEVEN-powered Xpress Mail solution provides AT&T customers with a dynamic personal email service that exudes simplicity – from set-up to use,” said Bryan Smoltz, director for AT&T’s wireless unit. “This ease of use, functionality and adaptability to a variety of device platforms provided by SEVEN’s solution has made it a popular choice among our customers and a valued component in AT&T industry-leading email portfolio.”
Some devices available for XpressMail download include the recently launched Palm Centro, AT&T Tilt, Pantech Duo, Moto Q Global and the Samsung BlackJack II. Thanks to AT&T’s industry-leading international wireless coverage, customers can not only access AT&T Xpress Mail on their smart devices in the U.S. but in more than 140 countries abroad.
With AT&T Xpress Mail, powered by SEVEN, AT&T’s smart device lineup provide users real-time access to their email, calendar and contacts. All actions entered on the mobile or the PC are instantly mirrored on the devices so subscribers only manage one inbox and one calendar. Xpress Mail is conveniently included as a free feature in data plans, making it the most affordable option for accessing personal and business email on the go.
For pricing and specifications about AT&T’s Smart Devices visit: www.ATT.com. For more information on SEVEN and its offerings, visit www.seven.com.