Verizon Gets the Palm Centro
Palm and Verizon today announced the official availability of the Palm Centro smartphone on Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Centro debuts in "Cobalt Blue" for $99 with a two year service agreement and $70 mail-in rebate. Data plans begin at $29.99.
The Palm Centro runs Palm OS Garnet v5.4.9. It has a 320x320 pixel touchscreen display, Bluetooth v1.2, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera with video capture and 64MB of memory. Verizon's Centro appears identical to the earlier leaked images, clad in a dark metallic "Cobalt" blue with the same metallic sparkles seen in the Sprint versions. For memory expansion it has a microSD slot. You can find our original Centro review here.
With the arrival on Verizon, the Centro is now on the three largest domestic carriers—Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. Palm has already sold a million of the devices and the company says they are well on their way to two million with this latest announcement.
Officially the VZW Centro's dimensions come in at 4.22" (L) x 2.11" (W) x 0.73" (D) (107 x 54 x 18.5 mm). It weighs in at 4.2 oz (119g). Palm's imaginary battery life rating on the 1150 mAh battery is 4 hours talk time with 300 hours standby.
For email the Centro will be equipped with VersaMail 4.0 with built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support for Microsoft Direct Push Technology to deliver e-mail and calendar updates from a home or office PC using Outlook directly to their handsets. Centro users also have the option of using Wireless Sync, Verizon Wireless' proprietary e-mail solution, for access to personal or corporate e-mail, contacts, calendar and tasks from their home or office PC. Wireless Sync supports POP3 or IMAP e-mail accounts and it supports Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino.
The Verizon Centro will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 13. Customers may want to pair their Centro voice plan with Verizon Wireless' E-mail and Web for Smartphone service for $29.99. This is an unlimited monthly data plan for Web browsing and e-mail support and includes personal e-mail accounts. To tether the Centro to a laptop with a USB cable, customers may opt to include a BroadbandAccess Connect plan in their service package for $30.