Verizon Dumping Mail-in Rebates for Palm Devices?
In a rather unusual move for a carrier long fond of sizable mail-in rebate offers, the Boy Genius Report brings news that, as of Friday, March 5th, Verizon Wireless is immediately offering their two Palm webOS devices without mail-in rebates. The carrier will instead offer the Palm Pre Plus for $149.99 out the door with a two-year contract. The Palm Pixi Plus will now ring in at $79.99 under the same terms.
While a great deal for would-be Verizon webOS owners everywhere, especially on the heels of last week's webOS 1.4 update release and the ongoing "BOGO offer", the pricing still comes in above Best Buy's in-store pricing of $49.99 and $99.99 for the two smartphones.
While both Verizon and Palm are mum on the issue, an optimist could take this is a sign that this could be a component of Jon Rubinstein's "Project Jumpstart" revealed by the Wall Street Journal last week. By further subsidizing the hardware cost, Verizon could be making amends to Palm for its reportedly sluggish response to the WebOS launch in late January. A more skeptical reading of this news would suggest that neither of the webOS handsets have performed as expected and Verizon is moving swiftly to clear excess inventory out of the channel, as the Boy Genius Report tipster suggests.