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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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RE: What about sprint?
By Omega215D on 1/8/2010 3:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
No, the US runs on 1900/ 800/ 850 MHz CDMA bands. I think it is Asia that runs on 2GHz +. Meanwhile there are 450MHz CDMA bands popping up in South America along with GSM. Both CDMA and GSM have their strengths and weaknesses but CDMA does have the upper hand in call volume per cell tower along with clarity (GSM being time divided cannot handle as much volume per cell).

WCDMA and UMTS are related while EDGE and EVDO are not. Hopefully the move to LTE can unify the data side of cell phones and maybe all CDMA phones will have GSM bands for overseas use as well.

*I have had and used all the MAJOR carriers available in the US and all at once at one point.


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