There’s a new Palm(r) CentroTM in town! It’s parents: Palm, Inc. and Sprint came together to spawn a Palm/phone with voice, text, IM, email, web, contact and calendar features, a full-color touch screen and full keyboard.Do you need to watch some ridiculous video on YouTubeTM? Need to check a restaurant review on YelpTM before going out for an evening? Need to get directions to that nice restaurant with GoogleTM Maps? Need to call your friends for this cool get-together?
Use that sexy Centro! The Centro is available in a sexy onyx black or blazing ruby red.
Since Centro comes with the Palm OS(R), it offers all of the great organizer functionality that Palm is renowned for, such as a detailed and integrated Contacts list. Also, the simple and handy calendar makes it easier to manage increasingly busy lives, whether it’s juggling business meetings or keeping track of school activities.
‘Palm Centro has the power of a broadband smartphone at the price of a standard 12-key phone,’ said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. ‘People looking to have all their contacts and calendar at the touch of a button, plus YouTube streaming videos and the Internet can now get it in a small, cool design with the trademark Palm ease of use. If you’re thinking about stepping up to a smartphone, the Palm Centro should be your choice.’
Exclusive Sprint Content and Services
Sprint TV(SM) – Watch live TV or video-on-demand with full-motion video and vivid sound or catch the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment and movie trailers on the go. Choose from more than 50 live television channels and watch programs such as CNN mobile, FOX sports and E! Entertainment; access NFL Network and special programming via Sprint Exclusive Entertainment.
On Demand – Set up personal preferences and get customized news, sports, movies, and weather updates all based on your zip code. Stay informed and connected regardless of where you are on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
Sprint Picture Mail(SM) – Share on-the-go experiences immediately. Take full-color digital pictures and store or send directly from your Centro. Customers also can order prints of their favorite digital photos and pick them up at leading photo centers.
Sprint Mobile eMail – Get easy, mobile access to up to three email accounts from well-known providers, such as AOL(r), Windows Live (includes MSN(r) and Hotmail), Gmail, Yahoo!(R) and more. Sprint Mobile eMail is a free download for any Sprint data subscriber.
Sprint IM – Extend instant communication from your PC to Centro with access to Yahoo! Messenger, AOL’s AIM(r) service and MSN Messenger.
Additional Palm Centro Features and Benefits
Superior Phone – Centro’s touch screen and keyboard, combined with the simplicity of Palm OS, make it easy to use key features such as one-touch speakerphone, conference calling, ignore a call with text messaging and Bluetooth(R) connectivity.
Easy Text Messaging – Centro’s full keyboard makes typing out complete messages fast and easy when sending text, pictures, audio and video clips. Plus, Centro keeps all your conversations in a chat-style view, just like IM, so you can see the entire conversation unfold.
Personal and Corporate Email – New users to the smartphone category now have an easy mobile email solution using Microsoft Direct Push Technology(*) for delivery of Outlook email as well as personal email, such as Gmail, AOL and Yahoo.*Requires Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 or Exchange Server 2007 and access enabled by IT administrator.
IM with AIM, MSN, or Yahoo! – Compose messages quickly and easily with a full QWERTY keyboard. Instant message your buddy list with direct access to Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger or AOL’s AIM service.
Web Browsing – Fast and easy web access on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network at fast EvDO speeds. The full keyboard and touch screen provide quick access to online information. The built-in Google Maps application offers fast access to directions, traffic updates and local search.
Multimedia – ‘Sideload’ songs and manage music easily with Sprint Music Manager. Centro is the first Palm phone to include PocketTunes Deluxe, a $39.99 value. Shoot pictures or video with the built-in digital camera.
Pricing and Availability
Expected mid-October, the Palm Centro smart device will be available in onyx black or ruby red from all Sprint sales channels, Palm stores and online at Sprint and Centro for $99.99 with a two-year service agreement, available discounts and promotions and required service plan. Centro customers may subscribe to any of the voice calling plans available on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. To take advantage of data capabilities, customers can add any of the available Sprint Power Vision packs, which range from $15 to $30 per month. Customer subscribing to any Power Vision pack plan of $25 or more per month will be eligible for the $100 mail-in-rebate offer. For delivering Centro users the ultimate value, Sprint recommends the Power Vision Pro Pack for $30 month, which includes unlimited text messaging, data access, web browsing, email, Sprint Picture Mail/Video Mail, On Demand, NFL Mobile, Sprint TV and Active Sync (data and content access without a Power Vision pack is subject to casual data charges).
Customers can sign up to be notified of availability of Centro from Sprint at Sprint or be among the first to pre-order from Palm at Centro.