Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus land on AT&T

Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus land on AT&T

Summary: In what may be a last-ditch attempt to salvage the company, Palm and AT&T have announced that the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will soon be available on AT&T.


In what may be a last-ditch attempt to salvage the company, Palm and AT&T have announced that the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will soon be available on AT&T.

Soon as in "the coming months," which may not be fast enough after the company reported disappointing earnings last week.

The phones will be available for $149.99 and $49.99, respectively, after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. That's also of concern here: these prices just aren't competitive enough to battle the Apple iPhone and Google Android phones in its own backyard.

A quick reminder of the phones' capabilities:

  • Palm Synergy, which unifies Outlook, Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and LinkedIn contacts and calendars in one place
  • Multitasking and notifications
  • Universal search
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Palm App Catalog
  • High-speed 3G connectivity
  • Full QWERTY keyboard and gesture area
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Combined IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • Music, photos, video recording and playback
  • Camera with LED flash
  • Standard 3.5mm headset jack
  • Email: Microsoft Exchange and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • USB mass storage mode
  • Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touchscreen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which reduces power usage by dimming the display if the ambient light is dark
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
  • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Band/modes: UMTS bands/HSDPA 3.6: 850/1900, Quad band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900, GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 10

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  • Finally...

    I would have bought one of these phones last August if it was on AT&T.

    My Opinion: Palm made a huge mistake going with Verizon. AT&T has
    brand recognition that goes back to 1877. They are the LARGEST

    I hear lots of people complain about AT&T, but in my experience they
    have the best coverage in rural areas of California. I held out on buying
    an iphone in the hopes that the Pre might come out on AT&T, but
    finally I couldn't wait any longer and bought an iPhone.

    I wanted a Pre because: it is running Linux and also because I have an
    investment in palm apps on my Treo. Well, I'm quite happy with the
    iPhone, but I might get a palm now just to get my hands on one.
    • Palm Lame-ness

      Ok, went to to try to buy one... looks like they squandered the
      power of their press release by not having them available yet on AT&T...

      Why announce it if it isn't ready yet? Apple made the same mistake with
      the iPad - announced it without having it ready to order... or even pre-
      order. Spent the money that would have been for the iPad 3g on
      something else that day...
      • Easy Answer

        AT&T Suck. They drop the ball every time.

        Apple chose them for their size and market penetration. They are not known for service or follow-thru. You can bet they will gouge you on pricing though.
  • RE: Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus land on AT&T

    So why are they "not competitive" ?

    Seriously, do the iphone-exclusive 'apps' really change your
    life that much? More than having usable multitasking, or
    better contact management (which palm does)
  • RE: Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus land on AT&T

    you know, they'd do a lot better if they actually opened up their phone to other markets.

    It's a GSM phone, but they refuse to sell it outside the US. The only reason I can tell is that it is just "too hard". That's rather silly I think.
    • Other markets???

      Do you mean like Germany, the UK, Canada, Mexico? Because the Palm pre is already in those markets.
    • Palm Pre not available yet in NZ

      I'd buy one if they were here in NZ as my Treo 650 is looking a little worn. I am a big fan of the Palm desktop as I hate Outlook's unfriendly style. C'mon Palm - sell it down here won't you? I'll help you out with a sale!!