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Verizon Palm Pre Plus Drops Below $30

Palm Pre Back Verizon is continuing the trend of rapid fire discounts on Palm products. Big red shoppers can now walk away with a Palm Pre Plus for $29.99. The deal can now be found both online and at retail locations and still includes the free mobile hotspot service. No rebates required, just $30 worth of federal reserve notes and a two year contract commitment.

If you're still looking to save some coin, Amazon's one cent deal is also still in effect for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon.

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interesting...

jca666us @ 5/4/2010 3:28:36 AM # Q
this latest pricing shows how confident verizon is in hp's acquisition of palm.
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Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months

Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 5/4/2010 8:21:30 AM # Q
Palm branded phones will likely be blown out to eBay vendors for pennies on the dollar later this year. Too bad the Pre is so unreliable that it's not worth buying at ANY price. And the fact that a Pre is as useless as a brick without activation means you can't even buy one to try out as a PDA-only device.

FJH

RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
hkklife @ 5/4/2010 9:06:23 AM # Q
I originally thought there was enough remaining goodwill/brand equity in the "Palm" name for HP to keep it around....but after seeing the continued lack of enthusiasm for WebOS devices from AT&T and Verizon's continued firesale, the signs are not optimistic. At best, HP will probably brand the devices as HPs but will have a little "Palm-powered" or something similarw silkscreened on the back of the device or on the startup sequence.

As to the useless without activation process, that's an issue I immediately raised last year but of course everyone shrugged it off by asking why you'd want to use a Pre as an unconnected, wi-fi only device.

At the very least, Palm should throw a bone to those users who had faith to pony up for one last new Palm device and release a ROM update in the near future that disables the pointless activation screen. Like Android, let users either just skip the activation sequence or bypass it with a simple series of taps (Konami code, anyone?)

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RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
mikecane @ 5/4/2010 3:30:09 PM # Q
Is there no jailbreak for Pre, or can't it get around that activation?
RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
hkklife @ 5/4/2010 4:21:52 PM # Q
There is, the last time I checked it was a rather daunting process. I couldn't do it and neither could Ryan when we were trying to get a CDMA Pre "bypassed" for a friend in Europe who desperately one to test last year (prior to the official German GSM Pre launch).

It involves connecting your Pre to a PC running Linux etc etc. This was in the ~WebOS 1.2 days, so things may have changed in the past 9 months or so. In short, entirely too much work for something where a simple onscreen "cancel" button wouldsuffice.
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RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
rpa @ 5/5/2010 7:03:22 PM # Q
hkkklife: the only place Palm still has 'brand loyalty' is on the this site with the few remaining bloggers....HP may use 'Palm powered' on the backs of their new iPaq devices but that's about it IMO.
RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
gmayhak @ 5/5/2010 7:59:54 PM # Q
"HP may use 'Palm powered' on the backs of their new iPaq devices but that's about it IMO."

Palm's reputation is shot, if HP doesn't re-name WebOS and ditch the Palm name they'll have a hard time getting a customer base for their new gadgets.

Tech Center Labs

RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
richf @ 5/6/2010 7:49:52 AM # Q
I would bet the farm on anything coming out of hp will not have a Palm or WebOS decal on it. HP is hp and no one else is going to get the credit.
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RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
rpa @ 5/6/2010 8:17:35 AM # Q
I just hope HP takes webOS (or whatever they end up calling it) and makes it off-cloud like Palm OS so I can get a phone that syncs with Outlook running on my desktop. Garnet-quality PIMs would be nice too. Otherwise, I'll stick to my Centro until it dies.

I travel internationally all the time and roaming data to link to the cloud is a killer cost-wise. A tech savvy friend went to the States for about 10 days and came home (Hong Kong where we are based) to a US$3000 phone bill resulting from downloading email attachments while roaming. Great news for the carriers but terrible for consumers.

RE: Expect to see inventory on eBay in 6 months
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 5/8/2010 12:12:12 PM # Q
I just hope HP takes webOS (or whatever they end up calling it) and makes it off-cloud like Palm OS so I can get a phone that syncs with Outlook running on my desktop. Garnet-quality PIMs would be nice too. Otherwise, I'll stick to my Centro until it dies.

Exactly.

And I hope they will provide users with: easy tools to remotely sync with their own home computers/servers, SD card slots for easy on-device expansion/backup/recovery, a COMPLETE software bundle including TealLock-quality phone security application, MS Office compatibility, remote device locking/wiping/tracking, solid multimedia applications, bulletproof email with easy MS Exchange (and Blackberry - dream on) integration, high quality + reliable hardware and better-than-Garnet PIM.

I have my Sprint Centro 2, all my apps and registration codes backed up, and another brand new Centro 2 stored away. I'll try out the HTC EVO and iPhone 4G and see if they relegate the Centro to PDA-only duty. Either way, I'm not planning to rely on whatever happens in this latest chapter of the Palm drama (tragedy?).

FJH

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Microsoft 'kin't' do it

mikecane @ 5/5/2010 11:48:45 AM # Q
Microsoft Kin One and Two review
http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/05/kin-one-and-two-review

See? I KNEW MS would botch this. KNEW it. This only told me HOW badly they actually did. And, boy, is it bad!!

How much more money does MS have vs what was the standalone Palm? Yet looked at what Palm was able to accomplish! They'll SLAY MS with HP now.

RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
jca666us @ 5/5/2010 4:15:33 PM # M Q
Slay? Lol - well we will see how HP bungles things soon enough!
RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
LiveFaith @ 5/5/2010 5:27:37 PM # Q
What on earth is M$ thinking? Those are hideous devices, What kid would want that? That is one company that I would not want to own stock in. They are getting pressure on every side and when it comes time to deliver ... we get the next of Kin.
Pat Horne
RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
rpa @ 5/5/2010 7:06:49 PM # Q
for the billions M$ spends on research, they sure don't have much to show for it on the hardware side at least.
RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
gmayhak @ 5/5/2010 8:09:38 PM # Q
Because of this garbage a lot of people will see the 'development talent and management decisions' going on at MS and realize that the talent today is at Apple and maybe give OSX a try. They will never go back to windows.

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RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
richf @ 5/6/2010 7:45:23 AM # Q
MS needs to stick to software. That is were their niche is. Even sometimes they screw that up but with a couple patches and updates they luck out. For all the geniuses they have I sometimes wonder what they all were thinking about. There has been a lot of wasted money spent on research at MS that they never saw a ROI.
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RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
Tuckermaclain @ 5/6/2010 7:50:03 AM # Q
"Because of this garbage a lot of people will see the 'development talent and management decisions' going on at MS and realize that the talent today is at Apple and maybe give OSX a try. They will never go back to windows"

I am not interested in learning another OS. My wife & kids, who always call me when a foreign looking pop up displays still have not much more than a passing familiarity with Windows. I don't see them migrating because of some weak feature phone. Maybe power users like you, but not the general public.

RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
rpa @ 5/6/2010 8:29:06 AM # Q
We use M$ at work primarily for Outlook integration and certain apps like AutoCAD but Apple at home. The transition to an Apple environment from M$ is no sweat and I will shift 100% to Apple at some point soon when I no longer need the work apps (retirement). I think most consumers would make the transition w/o any problems or regrets (my wife complained like crazy when she needed to use my Toshiba while we travel so she now carries a Macbook!).
RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
mikecane @ 5/6/2010 3:32:56 PM # Q
The trouble at Microsoft is that it's no longer driven by products. It's driven by POLITICS. Who will replace Ballmer and who will move up where, when that happens? No one there really gives a shit about products right now. It's all CYA until Ballmer gets the boot or drops dead or gets hit by a car.

It also hurts that *Ballmer* is "leading" them. He's no techie. He's a goddammed marketing guy. Wouldn't know a GUI if it bit his fat ass.

RE: Microsoft KIN do it. Just DO it.
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 5/8/2010 12:45:37 PM # Q
The crazy thing is that afterover 20 YEARS of dominating the world computer industry, Microsoft could be made irrelevant within 2 years if Apple, Google and HP execute effectively with their mobile OS strategies. Microsoft has become too big, too bureaucratized and just plain dinosaur-like. They need to start taking chances and growing Microsoft in new directions if they hope to remain relevant in the next decade.

Apple was near death and reinvented itself with the iPod, then the brilliant iPhone and now are more a mobile phone/electronics company than they are a computer company. If the iPad builds on that, Apple may be able to leverage the iPhoneOS success to make Apple a serious threat to Microsoft Windows. Microsoft needs to get hardware as stylish and as functional as Apple's out ASAP, before people start asking, "Microsoft who?". It's ironic that Bill Gates himself has talked in the past about how companies that fail to continue running scared and innovating will quickly fall by the wayside.

Buying successful companies like Danger and then destroying their products is not a good strategy. Palm showed us all where this can lead. Microsoft needs to focus on doing thing like making Windows Mobile 7 the best mobile OS available, making XBox the premiere gaming platform, making handwriting and speech recognition reliable and commonplace options for data entry and bringing revolutionary form factors like the Courier project to the market. Once they refine their focus they can press their advantages (inertia, familiarity, installed user base) to lock up every niche market like sales, real estate, health care, education, publishing, etc. Perfecting voice recognition would be a quick way to show off the advantages of Windows over other platforms. But if Microsoft waits too long other platforms will figure out how to use competing software to make every Windows feature redundant. It's already happening with iPhone and if Apple was to add near-perfect voice recognition and a few more features like front-facing camera + 4G to the iPad Microsoft may find its non-business sales drying up overnight.

FJH

RE: Microsoft 'kin't' do it
gmayhak @ 5/8/2010 3:35:48 PM # Q
"I am not interested in learning another OS. My wife & kids, who always call me when a foreign looking pop up displays still have not much more than a passing familiarity with Windows. I don't see them migrating because of some weak feature phone. Maybe power users like you, but not the general public."

Don't let them get their hands on an iPad! They are Apple's target customers and they will probably abandon Windows all together.

Gary
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