One of our connects just broke down why Verizon Wireless’ Palm Pre and Palm Pixi will get the Plus name treatment. More →
We’ve been told by one of our VZW connects that the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi are both starting to appear in Verizon Wireless’ inventory systems. More →
You know what makes us loath the Palm Pixi, other than the fact that it is under-powered, came to market 9 months after it should have, and still has the Palm keyboard? Seeing that same winning package in pink. Engadget has been tipped off that the Palm Pixi, in pink, is now visible in Sprint’s inventory system. Rumor has it Sprint Store’s are adding extra head count in anticipation of a rush on stores… oh, wait, we just made that up. All kidding aside we’re hoping Palm will come through with a killer webOS handset at CES; we really want to like the hardware that powers webOS. More →
We’ve heard that Verizon Wireless will be 100% carrying the Palm Pixi in addition to the Palm Pre, and that the official names will be the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. More →
Right on schedule, Palm’s webOS 1.3.5 OTA update is now available. Get your download on and let us know how it works out, alright?
A leaked screenshot reveals that Verizon Wireless is beginning to train its employees on the nitty gritty details of Palm and its WebOS. Starting December 15th and concluding on January 4th, 2010, the 20 minute online course addresses the burning questions “Why Palm?” and “What is webOS?”. The timing of the course is rather apropos as a Wi-Fi variant of the Pixi just passed through the FCC, Sprint’s reported exclusivity with the Pre is about to expire and Verizon has been rumored over and over and over again to be getting the Palm Pre in early 2010. Any Verizon Wireless employees with juicy webOS handset know where to head… More →
The Palm Pixi as we know it has a number of shortcomings, the most notable and lamented is its lack of Wi-Fi. Left out in order to keep the devices profit margins as high as possible, the decision was about as well received as the handset itself. Of course after a software update or two the Pixi is now performing more or less as it should, but nothing can be done at all to address the lack of Wi-Fi. That is, of course, unless you are Verizon. It might strike many as odd to think Verizon could improve a smartphone as offered by others by adding in Wi-Fi, but that’s exactly what the company looks to be doing thanks to a new FCC filing. To feature nothing more and nothing less than the Sprint Pixi apart from the addition of Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, the Verizon Pixi has no set release date as far as we can tell, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Verizon roll out the device with its bigger brother on the very same day.
If you’re desperately jonesing for a webOS device but hate those pesky sliders, today is your day, folks. It is the Palm Pixi’s first day of availability on Sprint. Going for $99.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate, we have to be completely honest and admit that we would personally snatch the Pre over the Pixi, but you own a computer and have navigated to BGR all on your own, so we’re sure you can make a decision over what handset to buy. Let us know if you pick one up today okay?
Also, for those that don’t mind waiting, Wirefly is practically giving the Pixi away at $24.99.
Oh, you don’t remember? Well we’re back at it again, this time with one of our connects doing the unboxing ritual for us. There’s not all that much exciting to report, you know, with the handset shipping with a USB cable, charging adapter, instruction manual and battery. But hey, an unboxing is an unboxing damn it, and we’ve got the goods. We promised ourselves we weren’t going to take any shots but, with the Palm Pre going for $99 in Canada and the awesome HTC DROID Eris selling for $99 on Verizon, is anyone really going to spring for a $99-priced Palm Pixi? Only time will tell.
Thanks, Ninja J! More →
On the same morning that Verizon announced the availability of Wi-Fi packing BlackBerry Storm2, Sprint has come out and announced that the Wi-Fi lacking Palm Pixi will go on sale in just under three weeks time. Available from November 15th and onwards in stores, online, over the phone and through retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack and select Wal-Marts, the Palm Pixi will set early adopters back $99.99 on contract after factoring in $150 worth of instant and mail-in rebates. If you ask us, it’s a lot of money to ask for what it offers considering the iPhone 3G can be for the same price (oh, boo and hiss all you like) and the flaghship Pre is only $50 more. And did we mention no Wi-Fi?
We were lucky enough to get our hands on Best Buy Mobile’s entire Holiday Playbook and after combing through it, there’s a couple little nice nuggets of information. Really more confirmations than anything else, but hey, we aren’t ones to turn down info. Before we get to handsets specifically, it seems Best Buy has some pretty hard statistics on sales opportunities — check this out:
- The average store sees over 64,000 customers during October and November
- Out of those customers, only 1% receive an upgrade eligibility check on their accounts
- Of the 1% who get upgrade checks, around 30% are actually eligible for upgrades
- If stores increase the amount of customers checked to 2% from 1%, Best Buy Mobile would see an increase in revenue of around $20,000 for those two months, just off upgrading individuals
- After customers upgrade their handsets at Best Buy Mobile, around 16% of them come back and make other purchases later
They’ve really got it locked down, huh? Smart, smart, smart. Hit the break for some other juicy information we gathered!
We just got word that Palm’s second webOS device, the Pixi, is set to launch on October 20th. This includes Sprint corporate stores as well as Best Buy locations presumably.
This intel is from new source but it sounds right. The question is, with the original Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS already out and the Motorola CLIQ, BlackBerry Storm 2 and Bold 9700 coming soon, does anyone care?
With all of the money RIM is dumping into its U2 sponsorship, a bit of irony shined through earlier this week when Palm announced its secondary stock offering. The big news that came alongside Palm’s offering was that Elevation Partners, already Palm’s largest investor, gobbled up another 2.2 million shares of Palm for a cool $35 million. The private equity firm now owns a total of 67.8 million common shares of Palm stock in addition to its 376,000 preferred shares, totaling about 42 percent of the company. The irony in all this of course, is that Elevation Partners’ Managing Director and Co-Founder just so happens to be one Paul David Hewson… Better known as Bono. Yep, the leader of the band currently pulling down huge bucks from RIM is busy buying up Palm. One can’t help but wonder which company’s handsets the U2 front man prefers.
[Via Mobility Site]