Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Available on SFR in France on April 27th

Palm today announced that both the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be available on SFR in France with online sales starting April 27th. Retail stores will start sales of the devices beginning May 11th. Full press release available after the break.

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Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus Now Selling for Penny

There have been no shortage of deals on Verizon’s Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, but this is by far the best price we’ve seen. You can purchase a Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus for $0.01 from Amazon. Now, you’ll have to commit to 2 years with Verizon, but there is virtually no price of admission. We’re thinking this is good timing, with the release of the Droid Incredible coming later this month. As a reminder, both phones come with free Mobile Hotspot, allowing you to connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices. Who’s in?

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Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Hitting O2, Vodafone Germany April 28th

It’s official, Germany’s O2 and Vodafone carriers will get both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus on April 28th.

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Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Coming To AT&T

Palm hasn’t contacted us, but apparently the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are coming to AT&T.

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Verizon Drops Rebates on Pre Plus, Pixi Plus, Amazon Drops Price

You can question Verizon’s lackluster launch and marketing campaign, but you cannot fault them when it comes to pricing. They have offered BOGO (buy one, get one free) and now they’ve removed the pesky mail-in rebate. As many of you  know, you can always bypass the mail-in rebate by shopping phones at Best Buy. Starting today, you visit any Verizon Wireless retail location or online and purchase the Palm Pre Plus for $149.99 or the Palm Pixi for $79.99. Additionally, these are still eligible for BOGO.

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If you are looking for just one, Amazon has got the Palm Pre Plus for $69.99. UPDATE: The Palm Pre Plus is now an incredibly low $39.99. No mail-in rebate required.  The Palm Pixi Plus will run you a penny. Yes, the Palm Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless is available for a shiny penny.

Palm T-Mobile Rumors Debunked

Last week, there were rumors abound that T-Mobile would get their first Palm device since the Palm Treo 600. No doubt Palm could benefit from adding carriers and AT&T is almost certain to join the fray in the coming months. According to Forbes, Palm is not getting ready to launch a webOS device on T-Mobile.

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According to Macquarie Research analyst Phil Cusick,

“Our checks indicate that Sprint hasn’t seen any pickup since the Verizon launch. We expect AT&T to launch Pre and Pixi in April or May, but with even less marketing support than Verizon, and checks indicate that recent chatter of an impending launch at T-Mobile is not correct.”

At some point, expansion of carriers will only do so much. Palm needs the buzz it had this time last year and a new device might be the only way to get that back.

Palm Pre Plus Price Drop To $99.99, Palm Pixi Plus Goes Free

Verizon has been very aggressive with their BOGO plans, but that’s not so great for those looking for just one phone (and one 2-year contract). It appears we’ve got our first price drop on the Verizon Palm Pre Plus, available now through Best Buy for $99.99. The Palm Pixi Plus has also seen a major price drop and is available for the price of free.

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As with all Best Buy deals, you won’t have to deal with any pesky mail-in rebates. Sound good? We thought so.

Verizon Offering BOGO on Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus and others

Verizon’s previous BOGO (buy one, get one free offer) allowed for a free Palm Pixi Plus with any Palm Pre Plus purchase. Both required a 2-year commitment, but it certainly was a good deal. Verizon has sweetened the pot today, offering up the Palm Pre Plus as one of the eligible phones in their BOGO program. Starting today, you can receive a free Palm Pre Plus with the purchase of a Palm Pre Plus. 2 year contracts are required for both, but you are out the door with two Palm Pre Plus phones for $149.99.

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Other phones included in the promotion are the Droid, Droid Eris, LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Alias.

[via Mobile Crunch]

Amazon Offering Verizon Palm Pixi Plus for $49.99

Amazon is now offering the Palm Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless for just $49.99. This is a $50 savings over the current offer on Verizon Wireless. If you don’t mind two contracts, Verizon is still offering their BOGO (buy one, get one free) on webOS devices. However, for those looking to get in the Palm Pixi Plus at a good price, this is the lowest we’ve seen.

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As a reminder, the Palm Pixi Plus is essentially the same model that we reviewed, but comes with WiFi.

Review Roundup: Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus

The embargo on reviews for the upcoming Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus ended last night with a stream of reviews hitting the Interwebs. So what did sites that received the Palm Pre Plus have to say about the latest webOS device?

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Overally, it appears the Palm Pre Plus is modest update from the previous Palm Pre (see our review). The bump up for 256MB of RAM to 512MB of RAM is helpful when you open a significant amount of cards (running applications). Other highlights include the removal of the home button and improvements to the keyboard. Similar findings to what we noticed at Palm’s Lounge in Vegas. Here’s what folks are saying about the new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus:

Dieter Bohn from Precentral concludes:

The Palm Pre Plus upgrades the Palm Pre in almost all the right places and has a bright future with new features coming via software updates. It’s a cliché to say this, but: the Palm Pre Plus is the best phone Palm has ever made. That’s exactly how it should be and it’s gratifying that we can expect this kind of quality from Palm now. Let’s just hope that it’s enough to keep them in the smartphone game for years to come.

Joshua Topolsky of Engadget writes:

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can get the excellent Droid, or wait for the forthcoming Nexus One, to say nothing of the BlackBerry offerings on the network (if that’s your cup of tea). If you’re carrier independent, then your choice is even harder — T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T offer a stack of seriously great phones that would make even the pickiest geek happy. So why choose the Pre Plus on Verizon? To answer that question, you have to figure out if you believe in the potential of webOS devices; Palm doesn’t have the fastest phone, or the phone with the highest resolution, certainly not the biggest app selection, and it doesn’t have a massive community behind it. What it does have, however, is a brilliant platform with huge potential to change the way you work and live with your phone (provided they tap that potential soon… as in now). If you’re as hopeful as we are that that potential will be fulfilled, your decision should be a simple one.

Jason Chen from Gizmodo says:

Sprint customers: If you’re worried that you bought a first gen Palm Pre only to watch helplessly as Palm released a better Pre on Verizon, stop. The Palm Pre Plus is essentially the same phone as the Palm Pre.

Sure, there are minor hardware differences—most notably the doubling of the RAM and the storage space—but it essentially feels like the same phone.

Sasha Segan from PC Magazine writes:

With two Droids, two Palms, and all the Blackberrys they can eat, Verizon subscribers can’t whine about their smartphone choices any more. The Palm Pre doesn’t “kill” the Motorola Droid. It presents a cuddlier alternate reality, where color and feel win out over widgets and apps. If you’re into messaging and Web browsing on Verizon, and it seems like the Droid is a little too geeky for you, it’s time to retire that old BlackBerry Pearl and move on up to a Palm Pre Plus.

Are you planning on picking up a Verizon Palm Pre Plus or a Palm Pixi? Let us know in the comments.