Palm Extended Centro Battery EOL'd
Palm's most recent newsletter to their retail and reseller partners indicates that the Centro extended batteries we covered just a few weeks ago have already been EOL'd. Just one month ago, we posted a preview article showcasing this battery and its unsightly white hump of a replacement battery door and fully expect it to hit retail in the very near future.
Both the 3341WW Centro Extended Life Battery with black & red replacement covers as well as the 3379WW Extended Life battery with white and blue covers from Palm appear to have essentially died prior to even hitting the market.
While it's possible this is a typo or an erroneous Palm announcement, several official Palm documents indicate that these accessories are stillborn before they ever had any widespread—if any—retail availability. A quick search online turned up a handful of merchants with these product SKUs already in their systems but none with them actually in stock and ready for sale.
It's quite likely that Palm has decided that the small size of the Centro has been compromised by these larger batteries bulging outward and pulled them from their distribution channels at the 11th hour, ala the Foleo cancellation of last year. While nothing is mentioned by Palm in the newsletter, it's entirely probably that a slimmer, reduced capacity OEM-sized battery is forthcoming or some sort of ROM update that manages to improve the performance of the stock Centro battery.
Interestingly enough, Palm appears to want a slice of the lucrative aftermarket Treo/Centro battery market, despite the ironic presence of Seidio aftermarket batteries and covers being offered for sale on Palm's very own online store. Palm's previous March newsletter announcing the arrival of the AT&T Centro states:
Is it true that only Palm-branded batteries can be used with the Centro?
It is. We made this improvement to protect our customers' investment and most importantly, their safety. Palm Centro and Palm batteries talk to each other prior to powering on. In that way we can ensure that batteries used in the Centro meet government and safety agency requirements and regulations. This also guarantees that the Centro will communicate the right information to the user: when the battery indicator claims it has 75% of its power left, it does. "