Prices on the current crop of webOS devices seem to be falling at a torrid pace, with dual cuts by Verizon and possibly Sprint meaning that almost all four current models can be had for under $50. In fact, even without leaked evidence claiming to be from Sprint’s internal employee newsletter, “The Playbook, that drops the Pre to $49.99 and the Pixi to free, Verizon is now offering both of the improved versions of these handsets — the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus — for absolutely nothing on two-year contract.
AT&T, meanwhile, is already giving away the Pixi Plus, but still charging $99.99 for the Pre Plus. With its competitors undercutting its prices on second-generation products, the rumored Sprint price cut seems all the more plausible, especially since those alleged price drops are attached to reported $100 mail-in rebates.
While none of these price changes can be necessarily seen as portending new smartphones from the now-HP-backed Palm, the general feeling among webOS followers is that the current crop of devices is starting to feel stale, and that webOS 2.0 needs to make its debut alongside fresh hardware. Still, for consumers in the market for a smartphone right now, these generally well-recieved Palm phones are looking pretty attractive at such non-existent prices.