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Palm Centro On Verizon

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Palm's savior Centro, long cozy on Sprint and more recently AT&T, has finally moseyed its way over to Verizon (as expected.) In blue.

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That should give its march past a million sold new juice, even if your friends have already been playing with it for a few months. It's the first Palm on Verizon's $30 a month Smartphone plan, and runs on their 3G EV-DO network. The $99 price is obviously w/ two-year contract and after $70 mail-rebate (don't forget to send it in!).

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PALM CENTRO NOW AVAILABLE ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK

Centro Debut on the Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network Offers Customers a High-Speed Communications Device with Compact Form Factor, Easy Touch-Screen and Full QWERTY Keyboard

BASKING RIDGE, N.J, and SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), today announced that the Palm® Centro™ smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 13. Dressed in a crisp cobalt blue, the Centro provides customers with the perfect tool to manage the busiest of lifestyles with voice, text messaging, e-mail and the Web.

Centro runs on Verizon Wireless' high-speed data network, which gives customers the ability to quickly send and receive e-mail messages and attachments and browse rich Web content. Verizon Wireless customers can also use the Centro as a modem for their laptops when they subscribe to Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess Connect service plan. The handset sports a vibrant color touch-screen, full QWERTY keyboard and a lightweight design.

Centro's built-in Google Maps™ application delivers quick, reliable directions and lets users perform local searches and view moveable/scalable maps, satellite imagery and traffic updates. Customers can also map a contact's address directly from the contact application simply by selecting the "maps" button.

Customers using the stylish Centro will get access to VersaMail® 4.0 with built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support for Microsoft Direct Push Technology to deliver e-mail and calendar updates from a home or office PC using Outlook® directly to their handsets. Centro users also have the option of using Wireless Sync, Verizon Wireless' proprietary e-mail solution, for quick and easy access to personal or corporate e-mail, contacts, calendar and tasks from their home or office PC. Wireless Sync supports POP3 or IMAP e-mail accounts and it supports Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes® and IBM Lotus Domino®.

The Palm Centro also includes the following features and capabilities:

• Text, picture and video messaging (text messages are presented to customers in a "chat-style" view so customers can see their entire conversation unfold)

• Superior phone functionality, including one-touch speakerphone and conference calling, the ability to respond to a call with text messaging, and the option to use the touch-screen dial pad

• Smart, fast Web browsing using the award-winning Blazer browser

• 2x digital zoom camera with video capture

• Media player with Pocket Tunes™ Deluxe (PlaysForSure-compatible)

• Bluetooth® v. 1.2 with support for hands-free car kits and headset profiles

• 64 MB available user storage and microSD™ memory card slot with support up to 4 GB

• User-friendly, familiar Palm OS® 5.4.9, including one-touch access to key applications

• Small, sleek form factor: 2.1" (l) x 4.2" (w) x 0.7" (d)

• 4.2 ounces with battery

• 320 x 320 pixel color touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard for easier e-mail, messaging and Web use

Pricing and Availability

The Palm Centro smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including those in Circuit City, for $99.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers may want to pair their Centro voice plan with Verizon Wireless' E-mail and Web for Smartphone service for $29.99. This is an unlimited monthly data plan for Web browsing and e-mail support for up to eight personal e-mail accounts. To tether the Centro to a laptop with a USB cable, customers may opt to include a BroadbandAccess Connect plan in their service package for $30.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers may call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ or contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative.

[Verizon Wireless]

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DISCUSSION

OletheaEurystheus

Yay for stripped Verizon smartphones. The fact that you have to use

USB to use it as a data phone for your computer tells me 1 thing, yet

again Verizon stripped Bluetooth support to its bare minimum of

headset support to prevent you from syncing your data to your

computer. It took me 2 weeks to fix my Motorola KRZR so that it would

sync my calendar and address-book after Verizons gimping of the

phone, there is no way I would buy this despite wanting a smartphone

for some time.

Sorry Verizon, I have one year left on my contract and you have a

ultimatum. Open up your stupid network, stop gimping your phones, and

get on your hands and knees and kiss Apples ass to get the iPhone on

your network once the exclusive contract is up next June and you get

to keep my business. I would really hate to have to leave you after

12 years. but I am just TIRED of your shitting on me with what I can

and cant do with my phone. Because as locked down as the iPhone is to

AT&T, at least I can STILL do everything a smartphone is supposed to

do without spending 60 more dollars to open it up beyond my normal

payment plan and still be left with a cabled phone on my computer.