Verizon Centro Release Date and Pricing Info Leaked
Rumor:After debuting last October on Sprint, the Verizon version of the Palm Centro looks set to finally hit the market. The Centro's delayed-but-anticipated arrival on Verizon comes over four months after the previous release of the GSM Centro to various carriers worldwide.
Engadget Mobile is reporting that the Verizon version of the Palm Centro is rumored to be in store for an imminent release on Friday, June 13th. Verizon's late appearance at the Centro party is nothing new, as the CDMA giant has almost always lagged behind other carriers in offering the latest handsets, with Palm OS-based smartphones nearly always appearing on Verizon six months after their Sprint launch.
Unfortunately, if Engadget Mobile's initial report is correct, the Verizon Centro is going to be priced at a staggering $270 with 2-year contract. Customers electing to go with a 1-year contract will pay $340 for their Centro, with the full retail price being only $50 more at $390. A $70 mail-in rebate looks to be offered for the Centro regardless of the purchase method. Of course, Verizon may tack on an "instant rebate" to knock another hundred dollars or so off the price in order to make the Centro somewhat more competitive with Sprint and AT&T's already substantially-reduced pricing.
Verizon's version of the Centro is reported to be offered only in a dark metallic club color scheme, similar to the device's single color scheme offered to Mexican wireless carriers. No word if the device will feature any hardware or software enhancements to justify its higher pricetag over competing carriers' versions of the device.
Additional pricing information including the device SKU has been posted to HowardForums as well. The reported SKU and prices are listed as:
2yr. Price $269.99 plus $70 MIR
1yr. Price $339.99 plus $70 MIR
The poster also claims a $100 credit will be available when purchased with a data plan. That incentive would likely bring the total to the more usual $99 range that other carriers have been offering.