Palm webOS Coming to AT&T: Too Little, Too Late for Palm?

by Gaurav Kheterpal on March 25, 2010

Palm webOS Coming to AT&T

Palm webOS Coming to AT&T

A week after reporting dismal third quarter results, Palm has something to cheer about, at least for now. Palm webOS is coming to AT&T and Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will soon be available on AT&T 3G network.  Palm timed this announcement perfectly in advance of  this week’s CTIA Wireless trade show and will be showcasing the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus during this premiere wireless industry event which runs between 23rd-25th March at Vegas.

As per the announcement on Palm Blog, The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be priced at $149.99 and $49.99 respectively (with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate). In an official press release to Investors, Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer said

“AT&T and Palm have a history of smartphone leadership, and today’s announcement is a significant milestone for us. With Palm webOS phones coming to AT&T, Palm can help most anyone in the United States stay connected so they never miss a thing.”


Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets said

“We’re offering our customers even greater choice by adding Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to the nation’s best smartphone portfolio. Palm webOS plus included access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network and the ability to talk and surf the web at the same time is a powerful combination.”

The Palm webOS is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ at the AT&T Shop. AT&T is further aggressively advertising it’s unique advantage of being the only carrier in United States to offer ‘ webOS devices to support simultaneous voice and data’. There’s a 30 day return policy + Free shipping and handling on both Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. The Palm Press Release also mentions

“Pre Plus and Pixi Plus feature Wi-Fi connectivity, and AT&T customers with these devices will receive AT&T Wi-Fi access at U.S. hotspots included as part of their unlimited data plan. The phones transparently connect to Wi-Fi when in range of an AT&T hotspot, providing customers with fast and seamless access to music, email, video and the web. AT&T has the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots.

Pre Plus and Pixi Plus also support a variety of AT&T services, including AT&T Navigator for audible turn-by-turn navigation (subscription required), AT&T Address Book to easily synchronize online contacts to your phone, and YPMobile to quickly find local businesses.

IMO, the Palm AT&T deal might be ‘Too Little, Too Late’ to cause any revival of fortunes for Palm. 

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by:RSS,Twitter,Identi.ca, or Friendfeed

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