It looks like Verizon Wireless is running a promotion giving away the mobile hotspot service on the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for free. The app is already available as a free download thru Palm’s App Catalog and according to a message we received from a Verizon Wireless rep:
Customers who purchase or upgrade to a Palm Pre and Palm Pixi will get the Mobile Hotspot for free. Existing customers who already have the service will find charges on their next bill will be $0.00.
The device pricing will be: $49.99 buy one get one free, and the Pixi will be $29.99 buy one, [...]
Laptop Mag is doing a March Smartphone Madness and it’s now the final four. The first playoff in the Final Four is between the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile USA. The BlackBerry Tour, which is similar to the Bold 9700 will face off with the Motorola Droid in the next match. The winners from both matches will then battle it out to victory.
For now, go to Laptop Mag to vote between the HTC HD2 and the Palm Pre Plus.
After mysteriously announcing two webOS devices will be coming at CES but not specifying which ones, AT&T has taken the wraps off of the GSM versions of the Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus. According to AT&T, the GSM Pre Plus will go for $150 after rebate while the Pixi Plus will retail for $50 after rebate.
The devices are still listed as coming soon from AT&T, but you can sign up to be notified on the carrier’s site.
While we’re campaigning for Windows Mobile ports to Windows Phone 7 Series, Palm’s on their own mission to get developers to port their iPhone apps to webOS based smartphones, such as the Palm Pre and the Pre Plus. According to Electronostia, “The kit’s approach, which runs native code within the platform’s web-based framework, is said by AllThingsD to be so direct that an iPhone game can be converted in a “matter of days.” Few changes are necessary, and the performance is purportedly as fast as on its native Apple [...]
In this video we compare the email experiences of the major smartphone operating systems (excluding Blackberry). This is a follow up to the Home Screen Comparison video we came up with a few weeks ago. While this particular test is pretty subjective, it’s easy to see in the video that the email clients of the iPhone and HTC HD2 are the fastest. Beyond being fast, an email client must also be efficient by reducing the number of screen presses needed to do certain tasks. And finally, rendering fidelity of messages is also important, meaning what you see when viewing a message [...]
Sprint has finally given an ETA on the webOS 1.4 update, which was promised by Palm at CES. The update brings a number of bug fixes, but the most interesting feature would be Adobe Flash 10.0 support for the webOS smartphone, which unfortunately is limited to the Pre only so Pixi users are left out for Flash support.
Sprint has since yanked the post, but it seems that the update will arrive tomorrow and will be available over the air.
Per Sprint’s post, it seems that Flash isn’t included with the update, but the update does add support for the plug-in. After [...]
The Mobile Hotspot app that debuted on the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus requires a special tethering add-on that costs $40 per month for the ability to turn your webOS device(s) into a mobile hotspot and share your Verizon Wireless mobile broadband conenction with up to five other devices. Those who do not want to fork out the extra $40 per month can look towards unofficial solutions, such as the MyTether app, which is a “homebrew” app, which requires some hackery similar to the iPhone jailbreak process. The app costs a one-time charge of $15 for the [...]
Imitation is the biggest compliment, and Palm should be more than flattered with the Pre‘s not so pretty twin in the Alcatel OT-980, which is made for carrier Orange. The Alcatel model features a similar form-factor sans the Palm polish and Android instead of webOS on a lower resolution QVGA resistive (instead of capacitive HVGA) touchscreen.
The device seems to be made for the low-end market; the device is expected to retail for $300 prior to carrier subsidies. Specs for the Alcatel smartphone are:
-Android 1.6-Resistive QVGA (240×320) Touchscreen-600 [...]
It looks like the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless is experiencing some growing pains, with users reporting some issues with MMS and GPS.
The first issue, MMS, isn’t all too serious. It seems that when the device is connected through WiFi, the Pre Plus attempts to send MMS messages over WiFi rather than Verizon Wireless’ CDMA/EVDO Rev. A network. The quick solution until a bug fix arrives: turn off WiFi prior to sending MMS.
The second issue being reported is that the Pre Plus isn’t able to get AGPS triangulation for navigation apps (like Google Maps) [...]
The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, which is now available exclusively on Verizon Wireless, may be making its way into GSM form for AT&T and a global release in the future according to some testing information. At CES this year, AT&T had stated that it will be getting two webOS devices, though which devices were not disclosed. It would make sense that the upgraded Plus models would be a hot commodity for the GSM markets as both the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus improves on their non-plus models from Sprint, with the former adding double the RAM and double the storage while the [...]
Quite a few Windows Mobile users have been scoffing at the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus with the hotspot capable Mobile Hotspot app, which enables the Palm models to act like a mobile hotspot allowing you to share your VZW mobile broadband connection and tether your laptop to the internet. As Windows Mobile users, you probably have heard of the HTC Internet Sharing app, an HTC-made free app for HTC Windows Mobile devices, that offers the same functionality. Additionally, there’s also a paid app called WMWiFiRouter that does the trick as well. However, where [...]
We had talked about the contract pricing and promotions for the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, but there are a few readers who have asked me about non-contract pricing. For the commitment-phobe who can’t seem to pick up the pen and sign away two years of their life over to Verizon Wireless, the Palm Pre Plus will retail for $600 sans contract and the Palm Pixi Plus will go for $400.
According to the Verizon Wireless rep that we spoke with, although you can purchase the phone at its full price, this isn’t pre-paid pricing: “It essentially is [...]
We have reviewed the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus on wireless CDMA/EVDO carrier Verizon Wireless. The most notable upgrade for the webOS devices–previously available on Sprint sans the Plus moniker–is the ability to share the Pre Plus’ and Pixi Plus’ internet connection with up to five other devices, similar to the stand-alone MiFi. WiFi tethering, unlike Bluetooth tethering, removes some of the bottleneck in speed that Bluetooth may have. Additionally, it allows multiple simultaneous connections. This way, your Pre Plus can bless your laptop, Zune HD, or [...]
While not a lot has changed between the Sprint Palm Pre and the Sprint Palm Pixi on the outside, Palm made some incremental upgrades that give both devices a more polished look befitting of their “plus” moniker on Verizon Wireless; the devices were officially announced at CES earlier in the month.
In the video below, we’ll give you a quick unboxing and hardware tour of the Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus, which will both be available on Verizon Wireless beginning January 25.
The Pre Plus is getting double the storage–up to 16 GB from 8 [...]
It looks like Europeans won’t need to wait for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, both announced earlier at CES, with the webOS app that turns the device into a MiFi and allows WiFi sharing of mobile broadband data. The latest webOS revision, now at version 18.104.22.168, brings Bluetooth tethering to European Palm Pre and Pixi devices running on GSM. The move to include Bluetooth tethering may be a mixed blessing as data would have to go through the Bluetooth bottleneck, reducing your throughput speed. However, Bluetooth uses less battery power than WiFi so you can run longer, but you most [...]
At CES yesterday, Palm had unveiled its Pixi Plus and Pre Plus, which are essentially updated versions of the Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi currently on Sprint. The new models will all sport WiFi (Sprint Pixi currently does not have WiFi), double the internal storage capacity to 16 GB, and the Pre Plus will also get double the RAM.
Most notably, the updated models will come with an app update to allow the devices to act like a MiFi, allowing you to share your wireless 3G connection over the device’s WiFi with up to five other devices.
Palm also mentions a firmware [...]
Palm will be introducing two new devices to AT&T in the first half of 2010–could this be the 3G GSM version of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi that most have waited for? No details are given at this time, but this will be the first time that AT&T will be carrying webOS devices. Palm devices had been on AT&T’s network before, with the Palm Treo and Palm Centro devices.
If the apps in Palm’s App Catalog hasn’t caught your fancy yet, some developers are showing off the potential behind Palm’s webOS engine and the Palm Pre’s hardware with some game titles–like Quake and Doom–that make use of the hardware on the device. In the latest update of webOS 1.3.5, Palm has added some files for OpenGL ES as well as SDL (Simple Direct Layer) to take advantage of the hardware. Hopefully, we’ll start seeing some official releases soon as the Pre’s CPU and hardware is plenty capable.
Additionally, with [...]
PC World released their list of top ten smartphones and the names on the list all appear familiar, with the Motorola Droid placing first, followed by the iPhone 3GS, Motorola CLIQ, and the BlackBerry Bold 9700. A few Android devices also made the list, notably the Smasung Behold II and the T-Mobile myTouch 3G made by HTC. The Palm Pre placed sixth and the Windows Mobile 6.5 Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia II placed ninth. Rounding out with number ten is the Droid Eris, essentially an HTC Hero variant for Verizon Wireless.
In total, there were five Android devices, two BlackBerry [...]
It looks like the Palm Pre, currently available only on Sprint in the US, is getting an update to bring its version of the webOS operating system to 1.3.5. Chief among the fixes for the Pre include optimized battery life, which if you’re a webOS user, is a welcomed change as using the phone feature on the Pre quickly diminishes battery life. The update isn’t terribly exciting, but should be easy enough to install over the air–something that we wish Windows Mobile 6.5 would quickly implement–on Sprint’s 3G EVDO Rev. A speeds or via WiFi. [...]
Sprint’s Palm Pre just got a quick update to webOS version 1.3.1, which is essentially what the Palm Pixi will launch with. What’s new? Notable features include Yahoo! synchronization with calendars and contacts and some text messaging options including SMS ringtones and the ability to forward messages.
Engadget Mobile lists the full rundown of the features as:
* Yahoo! now appears as a Calendar/Contacts/instant messaging synchronization account.* You can forward a text or multimedia message by tapping the message > Forward.* A new option is [...]
Mexico’s Telcel carrier is getting the Palm Pre, which has swapped its CDMA chip for a GSM chip when the webOS device heads south of the border. This means that Palm’s US grey market will likely begin to emerge as eager GSM users on T-Mobile and AT&T may be purchasing the headsets to unlock them and using them in the US.
The Telcel Palm Pre will be available beginning November 27. Anyone importing?
In other webOS news, the Palm Pixi is scheduled to launch soon as a Sprint exclusive on the Sprint Now CDMA network. The device is a cousin of the Pre with a [...]