Monday, February 4, 2008

Rumor: Centro Coming to AT&T, Verizon Wireless

A CNNMoney.com article posted earlier today is siting a JP Morgan analyst as saying the consumer-oriented Palm Centro smartphone is coming to AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
"Among the company's new products, Coster said, will be a version of the Centro with phone service from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. An exclusive deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. will expire soon, he wrote.

"In doing this 180-degree turn on the stock, we are putting a lot of faith in the technology and design competence of the new talent introduced to Palm by Elevation Partners," he said."

It has been rumored for some time now that the Centro, possibly in white, would be coming to AT&T early in 2008. The report from JP Morgan analyst Coster is the first I've seen that specifically mentions Verizon. We all knew that Centro would eventually make it to Verizon seeing as how Sprint and Verizon are both CDMA/EVDO based networks.

I wonder if we will see the AT&T Centro launched in February and a Verizon Wireless Centro in March or April. There are no rumors relating to which color(s) Verizon might order.

Sprint Nextel was the first US carrier to launch the Palm Centro. The Centro is selling for $99 or less and is currently available in three colors: black, red, and pink.

Read the full CNNMoney article...

[Thanks to the tipster who sent this in.]

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this is enough to keep our Palm developer community alive, and be a way to even increase Palm's installed base while we wait for Palm OS II.

February 5, 2008 4:50 AM  
Blogger Alan Grassia, Staff Writer said...

By all accounts, the Centro is selling very well for Palm. There will be more customers coming to Palm for this device.

The downside is that there is a 30% percent cannibalization of Treo customers switching to Centro, if I recall correctly.

Alan G

February 9, 2008 11:42 AM  

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