At least 1 million units have been shipped so far in the United States since
the phone's launch in mid-October. The Centro is Palm's fastest selling
smartphone in company history.
Palm's recent announcement that the phone is now
available for Verizon Wireless will help the company ship even more units
of the phone. Consumers can now purchase and use a Centro on the Verizon Wireless,
and Sprint Nextel phone networks.
Verizon customers can purchase the phone for $99.99 after a $70 MIR and
two-year customer agreement or extension with Verizon.
Centro features a QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, digital camera, 64MB internal
memory, and runs on Palm OS 5.4.9.
The phone is considered a smaller, easier to use Palm Treo smartphone, but it
has some drawbacks. While it allows its users to e-mail, browse the internet,
text and picture message, there isn't a built-in instant message program
The Centro's success can be attributed to new smartphone users, Palm indicated
in a press release. The Apple
iPhone 3G may have gotten a price cut, but the Centro remains cheap and
easy to use, and Palm expects it will continue to draw in new smart phone
Understanding its using an aging operating system and internet browser unlikely
to please experienced smart phone owners, Palm is working on a new OS that
should be available in 2009. The team of developers will be responsible
solely for creating a new interactive platform aimed directly towards
higher-end, more experienced phone users.
According to IDC, Palm increased its market share 5 percent, and now controls
13 percent of the global smartphone market.