Verizon Makes HP Pre 2 Official, Priced at $149.99 After Rebate

We all knew it was coming, but Verizon today dropped the press release for the HP Pre 2, which features webOS 2.0. Full presser and specs available after the break. The HP Pre 2 is priced at $149.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) and a new 2-year agreement. It is available starting on February 17th. We have to say the price is a bit surprising. Both the Verizon iPhone and the HP Pre 2 will carry a $199.99 in-store price tag before rebates. This could spell tough sledding for the Pre 2.

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Verizon Palm Pre 2 Coming February 17th?

Remember the Palm Pre 2? The phone announced in October of last year for Verizon Wireless. If the screenshot of a Verizon inventory system rings true, the Palm Pre 2 will land on Verizon Wireless on February 17th and will be priced at $100 after rebate. That’s a full four months after the initial announcement.

Verizon Palm Pre 2

To say the Palm Pre 2 is late to the party would be an understatement. With all the hype surrounding next week’s big Think Big event, we have to wonder if Palm is going to deliver that superphone it so desperately needs. We’re stating the obvious, but won’t the Palm Pre 2 get suffocated by the Verizon iPhone, not to mention a shelf filled with Android devices. Worse yet, this release date comes after the Verizon iPhone launch on February 10th, after the HTC Thunderbolt release on February 13th and after Valentine’s Day.

Say it ain’t so. The only thing worse in recent history was Verizon’s decision to target soccer moms.

via PreCentral

Palm Pre Case Deal

If you’re in the market for an leather sleeve case for your Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus or even Palm Pre 2, then I’d suggest you head on over to Verizon Wireless toot sweet. They have limited supply of a Palm Pre Plus leather sleeve for the price of $2.97. That price includes overnight shipping. If that’s not your style, our very own everythingpre Store offers the largest selection of Palm Pre cases and accessories with prices starting at just $9.95. All of our cases and accessories are backed by our 30-day guarantee.

Palm Pre case

Palm Pre 2 November 11th Release Date Rumor Smashed

A few weeks back, we reported on a rumor that the Palm Pre 2 would release on Verizon Wireless on November 11th. No better way to smash a rumor than to have the calendar move to November 11th without any new Palm devices on the shelves of our local Verizon Wireless store. PreCentral reported earlier this week Palm Pre 2 training is taking place, which is certainly a good sign. That original rumor also mentioned a slew of Android devices including the Droid Pro, so it’s partially correct, since pre-orders have started shipping for those devices. With an onslaught of Android devices, let’s hope that Verizon CSR’s do a better job pimping webOS to potential customers. Right now, Android phones like the Droid Pro have a bit of head start.

Palm Pre 2

As for when the Palm Pre 2 might hit shelves? Tough to say, but one would think sometime soon. We’ve yet to see a review of the production Palm Pre 2, which usually precedes any major launch. Stay tuned! It’s gotta be soon, no?

Verizon Rebate Form Reveals Pre 2 and $100 Rebate

We’ve heard rumors of a November release date for the Palm Pre 2 and that’s look more likely by the day. Today the crew at Engadget have received a Verizon rebate form will a host of Android devices. They report that the Pre 2 is also in the system coupled with a $100 rebate. So, what do we think? $99 after rebate? Here’s yet another video preview of the Palm Pre 2 running on Verizon Wireless. With any luck, this will be on shelves in a few weeks.

via Engadget

AT&T Now Offering Refurbished Palm Pre Plus

If you are looking to save a few bucks off the price of an AT&T Palm Pre Plus, you can now order a refurbished Pre Plus for just $49. This price does require a new 2-year commitment, so it’s not a significant savings over the new model which is priced at just $99. The no-committment price is still set at $299, which is still less than Palm’s developer pricing where it’s a whopping $479.99.

AT&T Palm Pre Plus refurbished

HP has a new promo at their wireless store, offering any device on any carrier for free. In addition, you’ll receive a gift card valid for $50 in the App Catalog.

Thanks @Pound_webOS

Are wireless carriers responsible for the fragmentation of webOS?

One of the benefits of purchasing a webOS device are the free and often regular updates pushed out by Palm. I’ve lost count of how many software updates have been released for the Sprint Palm Pre, all of which have improved my user experience with the phone. There’s been plenty of discussion about fragmentation on other platforms, most notably on Android phones. Are we starting to see fragmentation on webOS phones as result of the carriers? The current shipping version of webOS is 1.4.5 and it’s been available for both the Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi since August 11th. That’s not the case with the other two US carriers.
Let’s take a look at Verizon. Yesterday we reported that webOS 1.4.5 was starting to ship for the Palm Pixi Plus. No word on the same update for Palm Pre Plus owners on Verizon, arguably the bulk of webOS owners on that carrier. No word on when that update is coming, this at a time when we are already seeing word of webOS 2.0 on the horizon.
AT&T hasn’t updated either the Palm Pixi Plus or Palm Pre Plus. As to when that might be happening, there has been no word from Palm or AT&T. Just yesterday, HP’s Rahul Sood summoned customers to ask carriers for the updates.
“Palm customers, you want game? The carriers have their updates. Get together and ask for 1.4.5″.
Palm has done a remarkable job with providing an operating system that can deliver updates OTA (over the air) with little effort on the part of consumers. Why are the carriers so slow to push updates and is this the start of fragmentation across the webOS platform.

One of the benefits of purchasing a webOS device are the free and often regular updates pushed out by Palm. I’ve lost count of how many software updates have been released for the Sprint Palm Pre, all of which have improved my user experience with the phone. There’s been plenty of discussion about fragmentation on other platforms, most notably on Android phones. Are we starting to see fragmentation on webOS phones as result of the carriers? The current version of webOS is 1.4.5 and it’s been available for both the Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi since August 11th. That’s not the case with the other two US carriers.
Let’s take a look at Verizon. Yesterday we reported that webOS 1.4.5 was starting to ship for the Palm Pixi Plus. No word on the same update for Palm Pre Plus owners on Verizon, arguably the bulk of webOS owners on that carrier. No word on when that update is coming, this at a time when we are already seeing word of webOS 2.0 on the horizon.
AT&T hasn’t updated either the Palm Pixi Plus or Palm Pre Plus. As to when that might be happening, there has been no word from Palm or AT&T. Just yesterday, HP’s Rahul Sood on Twitter suggested customers nudge carriers for the updates. “Palm customers, you want game? The carriers have their updates. Get together and ask for 1.4.5″.
Palm has done a remarkable job with providing an operating system that can deliver updates OTA (over the air) with little effort on the part of consumers.

Why are the carriers so slow to push updates and is this the start of fragmentation across the webOS platform.

Verizon Phasing Out Palm Pre Plus, Making Room for Palm Pre 2?

According to a few leaked documents sent to Engadget, it appears that Verizon has started to phase out a number of phones including the Palm Pre Plus. The Palm Pixi Plus is not listed among those being phased out, which leads us to believe that a possible replacement is en route for the Palm Pre Plus. Perhaps those rumors of a Palm Pre 2 heading to Verizon are true.

Verizon Palm Pre

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Palm Releases webOS 1.4.5 for Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi

Late yesterday, Palm released webOS 1.4.5 update for the Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. No word yet on the same update for Verizon and AT&T customers. If you are on Sprint and haven’t received webOS 1.4.5 yet, you should receive it shortly OTA. Let us know how it’s working for you.¬†Below is the full changelog.

webOS Update

New applications

NONE

Feature changes to existing applications

System

  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK).
  • This release may require you to update certain apps to their latest version to properly support the launch of the webOS PDK. If you have a game that is not saving your game information correctly (high scores, stages, settings) check the App Catalog for updates. For more information on updating apps, see Using App Catalog.
  • Palm Pixi and Palm Pixi Plus phones can now run 3D games and other apps developed with the webOS PDK. Check App Catalog for titles that are compatible with your phone.

Web

  • If a user enters text in a field on certain websites, the screen focus now remains on the text being entered.
  • This release fixes a rare problem so that podcasts now download correctly.

Security

This release addresses several security issues with the Palm webOS software.

Verizon Showcases Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus in Summer Catalog

Verizon’s summer catalog has been leaked and it’s good to see that Big Red is still committed to promoting Palm’s dynamic duo. Both the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are prominently featured next to Motorola’s Droid tandem and a duo of Blackberry devices. With the free mobile hot spot, Verizon’s Palm webOS phones still represent one of the best values in wireless.

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