Palm Centro introduces smartphones to cost concious users
Posted on 28-Sep-2007 08:32.
Filed under: News
Palm, Inc. and Sprint are introducing the Palm Centro smart device, claiming it is designed for individuals and traditional mobile phone users looking for a better way to manage their professional and social lives.
The Palm Centro enters the market at US$99.99 but only after rebates and a two year contract. As the newest member of the Palm family, Centro is expected to attract new users to the smartphone category. According to IDC, the smartphone market is shifting to the mass market; U.S. smartphone shipments will grow from 13.8 million in 2007 to 74.4 million in 2011.
With voice, text, IM, email, web, contact and calendar capabilities, a full-color touch screen and full keyboard, Centro brings Palm simplicity and organization to customers who want to stay connected.
Palm has confirmed the Centro will be exclusive through Sprint in the United States for 90 days. The device is available in onyx black or ruby red. The device operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, based on the CDMA EVDO standard.
With Centro, Sprint customers can quickly and easily text co-workers and friends, manage email, keep track of their schedules, check stock quotes, watch videos on YouTube, keep current on the latest news, capture and share pictures, browse restaurant reviews on Yelp, and get directions on Google Maps.
Users will find this is the smallest and lightest Palm phone to date. Centro comes with the Palm OS, it offers all of the organizer functionality we come to expect from Palm devices, such as a detailed and integrated Contacts list.
New interactive functionality is being featured on this smartphone, including the Sprint TV, that allows users to watch live TV or video-on-demand with full-motion video and sound or catch the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment and movie trailers on the go. Sprint currently offers more than 50 live television channels such as CNN mobile, FOX sports and E! Entertainment.