HP to give webOS early adopters $50 towards its upcoming TouchPad

Early adopters of HP's webOS devices may not feel that great about the company' support for them, but HP is trying to make it up to its customers with bittersweet TouchPad discount.
Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor

Remember a few months ago when HP said it wanted to make things right with customers whose phones wouldn't be getting upgraded to webOS 2? Well HP is finally making good on that promise - sort of.

The company is rewarding early webOS adopters with a $50 discount off of its upcoming TouchPad. Until July 31st, Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus owners can shave twelfth of the price off the 32GB version of the tablet.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks. For one, the discount can only be applied to the $599 32GB TouchPad, which isn't too much of a deal for those who had no intention of buying that model in the first place.

More significant, perhaps, is the fact that some of the TouchPad's most compelling new features - touch to share, etc - aren't compatible with phones running early versions of Web OS. That makes the $50 discount a bit hollow, all told.

Either way, if you are a webOS stalwart, and were planning on getting the TouchPad, HP's deal certainly doesn't hurt.

[HP Palm Blog]

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