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Verizon gets webOS devices

While this isn't exactly news to anyone that follows the mobile industry, Palm announced today what has been known for some time -- Verizon will be receiving PalmOS devices this year. Starting January 25, Verizon will begin offering the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus.

The added "Plus" comes from the fact that the Pre Plus now features 16GB of internal memory (up from 8GB on the original model; 15GB of which is user accessible) and a Palm Touchstone battery cover which was previously an optional accessory. The Palm Pixi Plus, on the other hand, bring Wi-Fi to the table -- a feature that wasn't available on the original Palm Pixi.

“The Palm experience is all about helping our customers stay connected so they never miss a thing,” said Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein. “We’re constantly enriching this experience with new features and innovations.  The Verizon Wireless launch of Pre Plus and Pixi Plus is the next phase in delivering this unique Palm experience to more people.”

Another new addition offered up by Palm today is the new Palm Mobile Hotspot webOS app. The app, which is available from the Palm App Catalog, allows Verizon customers to share their 3G connection with up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The addition of two webOS devices to Verizon's network brings a well-balanced smartphone portfolio to Verizon's network. The company already has two competent Android-based smartphones with the Motorola Droid and the Droid Eris. The wireless company will also be getting its own CDMA version of Google's Nexus One in the spring. And if all of the planets align, Verizon could possibly land a fourth generation iPhone which would make its smartphone lineup a force to be reckoned with.

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By 3minence on 1/7/2010 4:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon and it's customers get a good product that has 6 months of field testing and updates courtesy of Sprint users. I am really thinking of the Pixi plus to replace my Treo 650.

RE: win-win!
By Chadder007 on 1/7/2010 6:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Have they fixed the plastic on them to where it doesn't feel like its going to cut you? The only problem I had with it was the cheap feel and sharp plastic edge when opened up.

RE: win-win!
By zerocool84 on 1/7/2010 8:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
In the Engadget hands on video they said it felt better than the original, the sliding mechanism was better, and the keyboard felt better. It's pretty much improved all around which is good. Sucks that there's no release timeframe for when Sprint is getting these.

RE: win-win!
By Jeffk464 on 1/7/2010 6:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have a dumb verizon phone and a seperate 3g usb modem for my laptop. I kind of like the idea of combining the two devices on one smartphone. Any idea if they are going to keep the 5 gigabyte monthly limit? I also kind of prefer the idea of google's driod operating system, I know palm's is suppose to be good, but I feel driod is going to dominate.

RE: win-win!
By FITCamaro on 1/8/2010 11:27:24 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon advertises unlimited but when you press them they admit to the 5GB data limit. However I will say that I have yet to even use over 1GB of data on my Droid.

Also, given that the literature nowhere even mentions the 5GB cap, I think Verizon will have a hard time charging customers for going over the 5GB. When I got my Droid I read all the terms for Verizon and couldn't find anything on the 5GB limit. However from this site I knew of it and asked about it. They refused to admit it existed at first (Verizon store employees) but when I pressed them they finally caved.

RE: win-win!
By Jeffk464 on 1/8/2010 7:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
I use verizon's 3g exclusively for my internet, so I'm always up against the 5gig cap.

RE: win-win!
By rudy on 1/11/2010 3:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
I think you will be correct, the problem with apple and palm is that they make their OS for their phones. Just like in the computer and internet industry eventually the whole unifies hardware and software will get displaced by better companies that are willing to work with anyone. Right now android seems most poised to do that but windows mobile could make a come back and their is always some symbian or other linux clone.

RE: win-win!
By bugsbunny651 on 1/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: win-win!
By bplewis24 on 1/8/2010 8:29:28 AM , Rating: 2
Keep telling yourself that ;)

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