A filing at the FCC, which is supposed to be kept confidential until May, reveals that the GSM Palm Pre, and not the newer Palm Pre Plus (currently in CDMA/EVDO form for Verizon Wireless), will be hitting AT&T. Palm had requested that the filing remain confidential, but the FCC has declined such request stating that equipment test reports cannot be guaranteed to be confidential. In the past, Palm usually announces its products near the same time that the confidentiality request expires.
At CES, AT&T revealed that 2 webOS devices will be forthcoming, but the carrier didn’t specify which two devices nor a timeframe for release. Since the original Palm Pre landed on Sprint, we now also have the Sprint Palm Pixi as well as the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. While the FCC model number resembles the original Pre, it’s uncertain whether or not AT&T would adopt the newer Plus model.
AT&T seems to be making strides in bringing a number of different platforms to its network. The carrier had supported Palm OS and Symbian in the past and is still offering a number of BlackBerry smartphones Windows Mobile handsets, including the HTC Pure, the Tilt2, and the LG eXpo. AT&T also holds iPhone exclusivity. At CES, AT&T announced that it will be bringing 2 webOS devices and 5 Android devices to customers within the year. If it’s successful, it will be the first carrier to offer all the major OS platforms, something that other carriers cannot claim thanks to its exclusivity with Apple.
(via: Unwired View)