Palm Redesigns Website Ahead of Nova Debut

In advance of the CES Event on Thursday, Palm has just debuted a completely redesigned website.  The new site features a very clean look showcasing the Treo Pro, Centro and Treo 800w.


Clearly, this is just another step in what is the rebranding of Palm or should we say the new Palm. Of course, the biggest step comes with the announcement on Thursday. The buzz continues to build and Palm has done a great job in getting people excited about Thursday’s Nova OS launch and a new phone that some have dubbed "iPhone like".  The final piece of the puzzle comes Thursday. Will they deliver?

via Mobility Today

Palm and InStyle Centro Giveaway

Palm has teamed up with for a promotion to give away 10 of the new Vibrant rose Centro smartphones. The new Centro smartphones come with Facebook, increased user memory and a new soft touch finish. For a chance to enter, head on over to Palm for a chance to win. No purchase necessary. Sweepstakes ends on November 30th, 2008.


Palm Introduces Olive and Vibrant Rose Palm Centro for Sprint

Palm today announced improvements and new colors for the Palm Centro for Sprint Wireless. Available starting on October 19th, the Palm Centro on Sprint Wireless will be available in both Olive and Vibrant Rose and feature double the amount of user storage (128MB user storage up from 64MB). The new colors also feature soft-touch finish. Users can also expand their memory to 4GB by adding a microSD card. Pink and Red will no longer be offered, but Onyx Black will still be available. Bundled with the new Palm Centro for Sprint is Facebook for Palm and Google Maps. The new Palm Centro for Sprint will be priced as low as $79.99 (with a 2-year agreement).

 “We’re seeing fashion designers gravitate toward olive and rose tones, as forecasted in the PANTONE Fashion Color Reports for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Olive green and Vibrant rose are both strong fashion colors, offering a sense of sophistication and elegance. These hues are classic colors, with the longevity to translate from season to season.

The Olive green and Vibrant rose Centro smartphones will be available as early as Oct. 19 at select retail locations, and beginning Nov. 2 in Sprint Stores, consumer and business sales channels, and online at and the Palm Store ( The new colors will be available for a special promotional price — as low as $79.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and $100 mail-in rebate and $25 or higher data add-on or Everything plan with data(3) — through Jan. 10, 2009.

Several New Palm Smartphones On Horizon

According to DigiTimes in China, Copal Communications has received ODM orders for “several models of smartphones from Palm” with order volumes likely to top 5 million units. The report also points to Palm’s order volume being a significant growth driver for the company in 2009. While there have been rumors of a Treo 850, numbers like this suggest a combination of a new Centro device and possibly a new Palm OS 2.0 smartphone.

For many Palm OS faithful, the options have been rather limited. The last Palm OS powered Treo smartphone was the Treo 755p. While the Centro has been a success for Palm, it’s due in large part to ease of use found in the Palm OS and the pocket friendly form factor. The Treo smartphone has been regarded as a power-users smartphone and this group has been left in somewhat of a lurch. They either jump to Windows, the diminutive Centro or a competitor’s phone. This is crucial demographic for Palm and one might argue their core audience. Palm, not unlike Apple, has tremendous brand loyalty. The company has done a great job in expanding their market with the Centro smartphone and Windows Mobile powered devices, but it’s the release of a Palm OS 2.0 powered smartphone that will fill the void in the current product lineup.

via DigiTimes

Palm Centro Surpasses 2 Million Mark

Palm has announced they have surpassed the 2 million mark, this just a few months after it was announced they had surpassed the one millionth Centro sold.

The low price point, Treo refined experience and pocket-friendly form factor have made the Centro a best seller for Palm. It also speaks volumes about how the Palm OS, despite it’s age, is still a preferred OS for smartphone owners, many of which are first time smartphone buyers. Expect this trend to continue, with the Centro now available for all major US carriers include Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Those with T-Mobile have the option of the unlocked Palm Centro. Palm also continues it’s international sales with the Centro being available in over 25 countries.

Recent data released by AdMob, the largest advertising network on the mobile web, further echoes the momentum of Palm’s smallest, lightest and most affordable smartphone. According to the company’s Mobile Metrics report, Palm Centro leapt onto the list of mobile phones worldwide in May as the No. 8 device, and moved up in June to No. 7. AdMob cites the growth of inexpensive phones, such as Palm Centro, as a primary driver in mobile Internet usage.

"Consumers are ready to do more on their mobile phone, and Centro has struck a chord around the world, said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. "Centro has everything a person needs to stay connected with everyone who is important to them — and at a price point and size that make smartphones more attractive to a much wider audience.

Palm Centro Software Update for Sprint

Palm has released a Centro software update for Sprint customers only. The Sprint Centro software update 1.07 offers a variety of enhancements.

  • Improved Gmail IMAP compatibility and an updated setup wizard with the new Gmail settings
  • Updated compatibility for Google Mobile Maps My Location feature to approximate your current location great for directions, finding nearby restaurants or business, or checking local traffic.
  • Improved ongoing delivery of email sent to VersaMail accounts using Microsoft’s Direct Push Technology via Exchange ActiveSync
  • Bluetooth usability enhancements and updates
  • Sprint TV performance enhancements
  • Enhanced AOL Instant Messenger performance
  • Improved performance when adding a contact using Mobile Voice Control
  • Improved email attachment handling
  • Changed default camera shutter sound to ON. Audible shutter click will be heard when taking photos
  • Allows Preferred Roaming List updates over the air

The Centro Software Update for Sprint is available for download from Palm’s website.

via Palm Blog

Palm and AT&T Introduce New Centro Promotion

Palm and AT&T have a new limited time promotion for AT&T Centro smartphones, including the electric blue Centro announced just a few days ago. The Palm Centro on AT&T is now available for as low as $69.99 with a 2-year agreement and a mail-in rebate.

The Palm Centro on AT&T is available in glacier white, obsidian black and the new electric blue. The promotion runs from July 11th through September 20th.

Palm Centro To Come In New Glacier Blue Color

Palm today announced the introduction of a new Glacier Blue color for the popular Palm Centro. The Glacier Blue Palm Centro will be available starting Friday for AT&T Wireless customers by visiting and Palm has also hinted of an upcoming “Back To School” program that will make Centros “more affordable than ever”.

We expect to have more information on the promotion by Friday.

Glacier Blue Palm Centro

via The Palm Blog

Palm Releases Unlocked Centro

Palm today announced the release of the Palm Centro in an unlocked version for US customers. The unlocked Palm Centro is white with grey accent keys. The unlocked Centro retails for $299 and will work on any GSM carrier including AT&T and T-Mobile. This brings Centro availability in the US to Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and now an unlocked model.

Unlocked Palm Centro
Unlocked Palm Centro now available at $299

Also available starting tomorrow is Google Maps for mobile with My Location on Centro, giving customers faster access to local maps and driving directions. Google Maps for mobile with My Location will be available free of charge for Palm Centro smartphones at Please check the site for details on the download process and carrier availability.

Palm Centro Now Available On Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc., today announced that the Palm Centro smartphone will be available beginning June 13. The Palm Centro on Verizon Wireless will debut in cobalt blue at $99.99 (with 2-year agreement, after rebate).

Verizon Palm Centro
Verizon Palm Centro

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Centro runs on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed data network, which gives customers the ability to quickly send and receive e-mail messages and attachments and browse rich Web content. Verizon Wireless customers can also use the Centro as a modem for their laptops when they subscribe to Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess Connect service plan. The handset sports a vibrant color touch-screen, full QWERTY keyboard and a lightweight design.

Centro’s built-in Google Maps application delivers quick, reliable directions and lets users perform local searches and view moveable/scalable maps, satellite imagery and traffic updates. Customers can also map a contact’s address directly from the contact application simply by selecting the “maps button.

Verizon Palm Centro
Verizon Palm Centro

Customers using the stylish Centro will get access to 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 quick and easy 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 Palm Centro also includes the following features and capabilities:

  • Text, picture and video messaging (text messages are presented to customers in a “chat-style view so customers can see their entire conversation unfold)
  • Superior phone functionality, including one-touch speakerphone and conference calling, the ability to respond to a call with text messaging, and the option to use the touch-screen dial pad
  • Smart, fast Web browsing using the award-winning Blazer browser
  • 2x digital zoom camera with video capture
  • Media player with Pocket Tunes Deluxe (PlaysForSure-compatible)
  • Bluetooth v. 1.2 with support for hands-free car kits and headset profiles
  • 64 MB available user storage and microSD(TM) memory card slot with support up to 4 GB
  • User-friendly, familiar Palm OS 5.4.9, including one-touch access to key applications
  • Small, sleek form factor: 2.1 (l) x 4.2 (w) x 0.7 (d)
  • 4.2 ounces with battery
  • 320 x 320 pixel color touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard for easier e-mail, messaging and Web use

Pricing and Availability

The Palm Centro smartphone will be available online at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including those in Circuit City, for $99.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. 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 for up to eight 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.

via Everything Centro