Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Coming to AT&T Soonish, But With No HotspotS

The rumors were true. "In the coming months," the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi plus will come to AT&T for $150 and $50 (with contract rebate), respectively. The big difference between this and Verizon's Plus versions? No hotspot.

In your unlimited data plan, you get AT&T Navigator (the GPS navigation service that's basically the same as Sprint's. Other than the hotspot feature, the hardware is exactly the same as Verizon's (barring the obvious changes for making it work on AT&T's GSM).

AT&T EXPANDS INDUSTRY'S LEADING LINEUP OF POPULAR SMARTPHONES

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Bring Palm webOS Operating System to AT&T's Lineup

DALLAS, March 22, 2010 - AT&T* today further cemented its status as the U.S. leader in smartphones by announcing an expansion of its industry-leading lineup to include the Palm® Pre™ Plus and Palm Pixi™ Plus. The new smartphones will run on the nation's fastest 3G network – and take advantage of the ability to talk and surf the Web at the same time. Further strengthening AT&T's leadership, the new smartphones make AT&T the only U.S. carrier to offer devices representing all major operating systems. The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are AT&T's first smartphones to feature the Palm webOS™ platform.

AT&T also will soon unveil an Android-based smartphone the Dell Aero. This will be Dell's first smartphone available in the U.S., and will feature a new, beautiful custom user interface developed by Dell and AT&T. To learn more about the Dell Aero, visit www.att.com/aero.

"Our unparalleled choice in smartphones has put us at the top of the industry-and given us twice as many smartphone customers as any of our competitors," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "As the leaders in mobile broadband, we complement our smartphone lineup with the nation's fastest 3G network and the largest Wi-Fi network in the U.S., with more than 20,000 public hotspots. We're also the only carrier to offer valuable features like A-List with ROLLOVER, which add even greater value to our products and services. We're looking forward to bringing these benefits to customers who choose one of the Palm smartphones or the exclusive Dell Aero."

The Pre Plus and Pixi Plus available at AT&T will be the only Palm webOS devices in the U.S. to support simultaneous voice and data while running multiple applications at once. The Palm Synergy™ feature in webOS keeps your email, contacts and calendars up to date with integration to Yahoo!, Facebook®, Google™, LinkedIn®, and Microsoft® Office Outlook®, all in one view. For more information on Pre Plus and Pixi Plus visit www.att.com/webos.

Palm Pre Plus will be available at $149.99 and the Palm Pixi Plus will cost $49.99, both after a two year contract and mail-in-rebate.

All of these new smartphones 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. AT&T's has the nation's largest Wi-Fi network with more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots.