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AT&T Pre Plus Now Available, Pixi Launch Confirmed

After a seemingly endless wait, the AT&T version of the Palm Pre Plus is now officially available in the USA, cementing webOS' availability on the three leading domestic wireless carriers. Fortunately, AT&T's offer of a free Touchstone charger is indeed valid and applicable to both retail and online orders.

A few questions were lingering about the status of its little sibling the Pixi Plus and whether or not it was even coming to AT&T. Thankfully, AT&T has just confirmed the Pixi's release date as June 6th. It is still being depicted with the nifty blue Touchstone cover we discussed in March. The Pixi's pricing will go for $49.95 with a 2-year contract, a bit higher than the current "free" Sprint Pixi or Verizon's $29.99 Pixi Plus.

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Got it!

LiveFaith @ 5/17/2010 7:05:47 PM # Q
Love this thing so far. Not much time b/c of work, but have gotten several apps. Camera is excellent. Learning curve on the OS, but it's really svelte and makes my son's 3GS look dated. He's envious especially of the design.
E-mail setup a breeze.

Really really cool phone. We shall see.
Pat Horne

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What is the target market for AT&T Pre Plus and Pixi?

Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 5/18/2010 2:36:11 AM # Q
I will be SHOCKED if more than a handful of people buy Pre Plus and Pixi on AT&T.

iPhone 4G arrives in a month.

Sprint's HTC EVO arrives in 3 weeks and shows the world what kind of hardware is possible in 2010.

Dell's phones should be arriving soon on AT&T.

The target demographic for webOS phones on AT&T appears to be:

1) PalmOS fans who want to run old PalmOS apps on newer hardware than the Centro and prefer using the webOS "Classic" emulator rather than Styletap for iPhone or Styletap for Windows Mobile.

2) People who think webOS is a better OS than iPhone OS, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry OS, Symbian, etc.

3) People who think the Pre and Pixi offer better hardware or better value than any of the hundreds of other smartphones on the market.

4) Crackheads.

5) Masochists.

I think I know which group Reverend Pat Horne ("LiveFaith") falls in.

Why someone would choose a Pre or Pixi on AT&T in May 2010 is truly bizarre. Verizon is practically GIVING away its webOS phones to unload the inventory that it ruefully ordered from Palm. The Pre has less than one month before other AT&T phones steal its Thunder and turn the Pre/Pixi into shiny, plasticky white elephants.

Prediction:

webOS phone sales tank MASSIVELY until HP gets new EVO-competitive hardware out. Fortunately for Palm, once the sale to HP is complete they won't have to announce their sales figures for the next (brutal) quarter. Palm learned the hard way that life in the smartphone market is brutal and short for weaklings, the lazy and the underfinanced. But if HP doesn't bring out some truly stunning hardware running webOS SOON, webOS will remain DOA. Pity.

FJH

RE: What is the target market for AT&T Pre Plus and Pixi?
jca666us @ 5/18/2010 4:10:39 AM # Q
Palm learned the hard way that life in the smartphone market is brutal and short for weaklings, the lazy and the underfinanced. But if HP doesn't bring out some truly stunning hardware running webOS SOON, webOS will remain DOA.

See, *you're* *learning*

RE: What is the target market for AT&T Pre Plus and Pixi?
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 5/18/2010 5:05:35 AM # Q
WTF?

Are you on crack?

The best OS in the world means nothing if there's no compelling hardware running it. Conversely, even a crappy OS can sell well if it comes with nice hardware (see Windows Mobile, Android). Stay in school, buddy.

FJH

RE: What is the target market for AT&T Pre Plus and Pixi?
mikecane @ 5/18/2010 7:04:26 AM # Q
>>>4) Crackheads

No, that's metroPCS. Which would not be a bad place for the Pre and Pixi to wind up. There's supposed to be a cheap Android phone heading that way. Pre-pay is a growing market.

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