Palm Pixi Due Nov 15 at $99

palm pixi Sprint has announced that Sunday, Nov. 15 will be the first day of nationwide availability for the Palm Pixi. The device will be exclusive to Sprint for a period and will cost $99.99 with a two-year service agreement, after a $50 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.

According to the press release, the Palm Pixi will be made available at Sprint stores,, through telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, and at Best Buy, RadioShack and select Wal-Mart stores.

"We are excited to offer the new Palm Pixi to our customers in time for the holiday season, and it's a great addition to Sprint's industry-leading device portfolio," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development, Sprint. "Simply put, this phone is fun and easy to use; with its multi-touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard, it's a great device for messaging and social networking at a price everyone can enjoy, and delivers so many of the great features people love about Palm Pre™ in a fantastic new form factor, making it a huge hit for consumers."

Palm Pixi features an exposed keyboard, multi-touch screen and a durable, removable rubberized back cover. It is also compatible with Palm Touchstone charging technology and will feature a series of replacement back covers. You can checkout our recent Palm Pixi preview here.

Spec-wise, the Pixi packs in a CDMA EVDO Rev. A data modem, a 2.63-inch 320x400 TFT multi-touch screen, an exposed QWERTY keyboard, GPS, 2-megapixel camera with flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, 8GB of internal storage, and a Qualcomm MSM7627 chipset.

Palm Pixi

A new Facebook application will be available with Palm Pixi, so users can see and comment on all the latest news from friends and easily update their status.

Palm Pixi requires activation on a pricing plan including unlimited data, such as Sprint's Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which give customers unlimited mobile calling on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless carrier, unlimited nationwide texting, email, Web browsing and much more, starting at just $69.99. The Simply EverythingSM plan from Sprint offers a truly unlimited experience for only $99.99 per month, a savings of $1,200 over two years versus a comparable AT&T iPhone plan. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. Other exclusions apply.)

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jca666us @ 10/26/2009 8:42:03 AM # M Q
Time for Apple to drop the iPhone 3g to $49
RE: interesting
cstamper @ 10/26/2009 8:44:31 AM # Q
What does this have to do with the iPhone??
RE: interesting
SeldomVisitor @ 10/26/2009 9:38:11 AM # Q

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jca666us @ 10/26/2009 9:51:03 AM # M Q
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CFreymarc @ 10/26/2009 2:31:22 PM # Q
Is there any competition? Is this selling to the same crowd as the iPhone?
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SeldomVisitor @ 10/26/2009 3:20:01 PM # Q
> ...Is this selling to the same crowd as the iPhone?

At that price, yes it is.

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LiveFaith @ 10/26/2009 8:26:53 PM # Q
I'm not sure "selling" is the right word as compared to an iPhone. Maybe "for sale". This thing will be a freebie soon.
Pat Horne
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jca666us @ 10/27/2009 4:42:06 AM # Q
As a freebie may be the only way to move it.
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LiveFaith @ 10/27/2009 9:26:42 PM # Q
Yeah. Not bad for a free phone tho. Just not up market enuf 4 my tastes.
Pat Horne
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Mass Market

surfmaniac @ 10/26/2009 9:55:22 AM # Q
WMT... kewl.

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jptx @ 10/26/2009 11:31:53 AM # Q
I suppose the sero plan won't work for it? Do we know???
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Not good enough

hgoldner @ 10/26/2009 12:11:01 PM # Q
Funny thing was, just underneath the article on PIC was an ad for the Pre with a new Sprint account for $79.00, $20 less than the Pixi (for more functionality).

The phone should be $49. At $99 it's overpriced.

Early adopter tax
DarthRepublican @ 10/26/2009 12:23:34 PM # Q
Look for the Pixi to drop to $49 and then $0 very quickly.
Palm Apologist
Shouting down the PIC Faithful Since 2009
Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
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SeldomVisitor @ 10/26/2009 1:25:10 PM # Q
Though I thought the Pixi at MOST should have been "free", I doubt Palm can afford to drop the price more than $50.

Palm cannot afford another Centro, IMHO - a phone that sold LOTS and LOTS but at BEST made them no money (some say it was the equivalent of a loss leader).

RE: Not good enough
nastebu @ 10/27/2009 7:39:23 AM # Q
SV, maybe you're right about the need to start generating cash, but the flip side is that perception in the stock market is probably more important to them right now than scraping the bottom of the barrel for revenue.

They can probably afford to accept microscopic margins on the Pixi in return for a higher profile for WebOS.

RE: Not good enough
SeldomVisitor @ 10/27/2009 7:51:53 AM # Q
Unfortunately, time is NOT on the side of Palm to get "visibility" for WebOS.

Just today, Yet Another Analyst downgraded Palm with words along the line of:

== "WebOS will be a poor fourth in the OS wars".

[he actually said "4th behind Android, RIMM, Apple and maybe 6th behind Windows and Maemo, too..."]

RE: Not good enough
jca666us @ 10/27/2009 8:50:45 AM # M Q
too little too late.

maybe palm can sue apple for violating their patents - lol!

they need some way to raise cash!

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Gekko @ 10/26/2009 1:24:23 PM # Q

what is this competing with? are any of you going to buy it?

webOS shoehorned onto this thing will be clunky and painful IMO. gesture area is a complete NUISANCE when trying to hold the phone. the only good thing is there is NO slider.

RE: Competition?
hkklife @ 10/27/2009 11:29:34 AM # Q
Agreed, Gekko. The gesture area sucks. I sorta thought that when I saw it at CES and I am convinced of it after using a Pre in person. The Pixi is no different and arguably is even more hobbled by the gesture area (80 fewer vertical pixels & smaller screen, for starters).

A gesture area offers the worst of both worlds---it wastes precious space on the front of the device and reduces the space available to the keyboard AND the LCD. And when you're not interacting with your device, it's simply dead space. Both the Pre and Pixi are not as intuitive and inherently less efficient for recalling data one-handed than their Palm OS predecessors.

Heck, I'd rather have a row of "old-fashioned" hard buttons instead of a gesture area. I'm certain no one will agree with me here, but in my opinion, the gesturea area came about due to the overall rushed nature of WebOS. It was probably easier to just have a dedicated "strip" on the front of the unit than develop the proper libraries for some kind of onscreen method/DIA.

Everything performed in the gesture area could be replicated with on-screen gestures and/or a dynamic onscreen virtual "input area". Furthermore, since Palm have manadated that all WebOS devices have a physical keyboard, I'd personally still find keyboard shortcuts more intuitive.
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->?

RE: Competition?
Gekko @ 10/27/2009 11:33:17 AM # Q

the gesture area is a gimmick which does more harm than good.

"Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Albert Einstein

RE: Competition?
Tim Carroll @ 10/27/2009 3:12:05 PM # Q
The gesture area is a brilliant idea* that does away with one of the chief problems of an all-touch device: having to swipe your greasy fingers on top of whatever you're currently viewing. It also enables fast switching from app to app and provides a secondary area to input commands - i.e. double-tap to bring up the virtual keyboard hack.

*views subject to change when my freaking Pre actually arrives. Sigh. The wait is killing me.

RE: Competition?
Gekko @ 10/27/2009 3:27:58 PM # Q

when does your Pre arrive?
RE: Competition?
Tim Carroll @ 10/27/2009 9:12:48 PM # Q
By the end of the week i hope. Left Germany last week, will take 6-8 working days to arrive.

I intend to do a massive PalmOS vs webOS writeup thingy a week or two after, once i've had a chance to use it as my primary phone for a bit.

RE: Competition?
Gekko @ 10/28/2009 5:16:04 AM # Q

that should be interesting. now don't try to bullshit us. i owned a Pre for 48 hours so i'll know if you are. and yes - i'm that good.
RE: Competition?
Tim Carroll @ 10/28/2009 5:51:46 AM # Q

i figure after doing the same for the iPhone without having used one at all, the least I can do is give the Pre a similar thrashing. Of course this all hinges on whether or not the damn thing even works in Australia... in which case PalmOS wins by default.

RE: Competition?
Gekko @ 10/28/2009 5:59:07 AM # Q

well if it doesn't work at least you'll be able to gauge its build quality.

RE: Competition?
SeldomVisitor @ 10/28/2009 6:07:18 AM # Q
I'd bet bucks THAT phone would last longer under those conditions than a Pre...or about anything else!

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gesture area

whiteasianrose @ 10/27/2009 3:48:07 PM # Q
i personally like the gesture is not hard to figure out how to use, and i find it functional....and i've had a pre since june 6th.
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