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In Store Now: Palm Centro From $99

This weekend has been particularly rewarding as the Palm Centro finally made its debut yesterday at both Sprint stores nationwide and the Palm Store online ($99 with a wireless plan and $399 without).  A rather encouraging pattern is also emerging as more and more newly minted Centronauts are getting their hands on this smartphone: most are raving about it.

Buy Your Palm Centro Now!

My own anecdotal experience has been very positive on multiple fronts.  Firstly I have found that many Treonaut friends have like me been quickly drawn to the massively reduced form factor and weight of the Centro – particularly those who have actually had the opportunity to hold one in their hands.  In this respect it’s evident that current Sprint Treo 700p owners have been among the first to make the jump as the Centro is 1/3 lighter, much smaller and slimmer while still delivering the same excellent smartphone functionality.

Secondly, I have seen a marked change in the attitude of those people who had given up on their Treo and moved to other devices such as the iPhone, BlackBerry or HTC.  While I could certainly not convince all of them to take a serious look at Palm and the Centro again, for the most part I believe that I succeeded in making them more aware of the rather unique features that the Centro offers (see my Palm Centro review) and somewhat raise their overall attitude towards Palm’s “innovation engine”.

One friend in particular (a fervent Treonaut who has now moved to HTC) looked at me bemused as I started extolling the virtues of my Centro and admiringly noted that “it’s truly amazing to see how loyal you remain to your Treo considering that it has no WiFi, built-in GPS and that Palm hasn’t improved its OS in years”.  This gave me the opportunity to point out to him exactly where the loyalty to my Treo/Centro comes from.

The fact is that I can buy and use any smartphone that I want but I simply _choose_ to use a Treo/Centro because it still personally offers me the very best overall solution to meet my needs and does so in a way that no other device that I have tested to date manages to do better (the one that has come closest is the iPhone but I ultimately found the phone, SMS, calendar, notes and other communication and productivity features to be too limiting).

If and when the day comes that a competing device is able to steal attention from my beloved Treo I assure you that you’ll be the first to know.  In the meantime, even if you’re not (yet) seriously considering making the switch to the Palm Centro I can nonetheless strongly encourage you to visit a Sprint store to hold one in your hands and experience the terrific new form factor.  Also, if you’re one of the newly minted Centronauts please make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Treonauts and Centronauts always choose the best


Posted by Andrew on October 15, 2007 at 05:29 PM
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by Ronald Thomas | Oct 15, 2007 7:04:43 PM

I got my Centro Oct 14 and have hotSync 650 and HotSync Centro. I upgraded from Treo 650 used since (2004.)I too like the small size but have found some of the same problems as Treo 650. Bluetooth cut off after you turn the phone off, battery run down very quickly..changes up quickly, a good part. On a reset of the centro all restored codes,& keys id for software completely delelted. Will reinstall. Key board as you types makes more noise, a noted plastic sound. Sound volume is much better both phone on ear and bluetooth.Over all I think I will keep but i have 30 days to return. Weight is great too.Slingbox works, and most of my old palm programs so far..It's a start for palm HOPEFULLY they will keep the get the screen bigger and keep the keyboard. Making the screen smaller may stop the use as video or movie maker. i watch movies all the time. Losting these little things can make Treo loss it place as a full useable pda..All the Best Ronald Thomas

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by Linda Abraham | Oct 15, 2007 8:33:17 PM

When is Verizon going to move into 2007 with an updated Treo or the Centro? I have been waiting for months, have a year left on my contract, and am thinking of getting a blackberry. I'd really rather not switch, but might just have to.

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by Josh Meisel | Oct 15, 2007 9:29:57 PM

Note to existing Sprint users. The $99 price only applies to new Sprint accounts. Existing customers will only get a credit of $75 (after 1 year) or $150 (after 2 years) based on how long you have had your current phone. The discount is taken from the $399 so the best price you can get is $249. I just lost my Treo 650, so I figured it was time to upgrade to the Centro.

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by Stephen | Oct 15, 2007 9:57:16 PM

Actually, you get $150 off after 22 months of same service on current handset. Sprint throws in another $50 instantly, and you get a $100 mail-in rebate.

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by David Cory | Oct 15, 2007 11:08:56 PM

Any idea when AT&T will offer a Centro?

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by George | Oct 16, 2007 8:48:26 AM

Even though I'm not eligible for a discount until January, I was near a Sprint store yesterday, so I went to check out the Centro. They didn't even have it out yet, but they were kind enough to bring one out so that I could look at it and hold it. I have to say that the pictures are very deceiving. The Centro is MUCH smaller than the 650 that I currently have. Also, the keyboard does not seem so small as to be a problem for me, and I have large hands.

Now for the problem. Sprint, WHY must you penalize current customers by making them pay such an exorbitant price(relative to new customers)?!?!?!? $250 for this, when I could get it for $99 if I were a new customer?!? I would think that they would want to KEEP current customers as much as attracting new ones. Actually, why wouldn't they want to keep current customers MORE than attract new ones, when their current strategy allows new customers to pay a lower entry fee? If I could get the Centro for $99 in January, the decision would be a no-brainer! As it is now, I'm not so sure that I'll even stay with Sprint. Love the Centro though!

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by Frankie | Oct 16, 2007 11:40:29 AM

You mentioned you liked the Centro but how is the service with Sprint. I am considering changing service providers and buying the Centro but if the service stinks the phone will be sort of useless. I am located in Brooklyn NY. Does anyone have any feedback about the Sprint service in 11234.

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by Daniel | Oct 16, 2007 11:47:48 AM

Went out and bought the Centro October 14th, replacing my aging Treo 650. What a difference! I love this phone. It packs quite a wallop in such a small size. Some improvements I've noticed over the Treo's...

... Form factor. No brainer. It's MUCH smaller, sexier, and feels lighter. It even feels cheaper in my hand, though it's well put-together and I think it should last for quite some time.

... Bluetooth! Head and shoulders better, even in my 2004 Acura TL. My Jawbone now finally works as it was suppsed to... I can hear calls clearly on the other side of the room.

... Features! Tons of new and FREE content. IM, On Demand is pretty useful, and email that now includes Hotmail is a nice touch. I also am really enjoying the new browsing speeds. My Treo was a snail by comparison.

... More stable operating system. My old Treo used to crash at least once every other day. Very annoying. I've been playing the heck out of this machine and thus far no problems.

Thus far, I can't recommend this machine enough. My girlfriend owns an iPhone and while hers has the sexier screen, she's jealous of my new purchase. :)

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by wushuhsu | Oct 16, 2007 3:30:42 PM

Needs FM radio, GPS, and wifi.

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by tbutlertx | Oct 16, 2007 3:51:00 PM

I've owned a Cingular 680 since February (so I'm still new to the Treonaut world) and was deciding on a PDA phone for my wife (T-Mobile). T-Mobile has the MDA, which is the predecessor to the Wing, which I could have gotten on EBay for $120-$150. I liked the handwriting recognition and WiFi, but it would have been used, so...

I bought her the Centro and switched her to Sprint. I gotta say, it makes my 680 feel like a big, clunky boot. Sprint's unlimited data plan is only $15/mo? And blazingly faster than Cingular on my 680! This phone is sexy, slick, and the smaller keyboard doesn't seem to be a problem at all.

The small screen necessitates the stylus on some apps where I can use my fingers on the 680, and I'm a little disapointed by the voice quality on a call. Also, even though I've read on this site the camera quality is mediocre, I was still hoping for more of an improvement over the 0.2 megapixel of the 680. It is improved drastically, I was just hoping for more.

At the end of the day, we both love this phone, love the ease at which we can synch our schedules and such, love the upgraded apps. I like the features of the T-Mobile Wing a little more, but for the price we're staying right here with Sprint and Centro.

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by Help | Oct 16, 2007 6:55:48 PM

I currently have a Treo 750 with AT&T and I am considering purchasing a Centro, my only concern is the quality of cell service. I can't complain about AT&T service but their data plan cost an additional $40 a month while Sprint is less than half. I prefer the Palm desktop over Outlook and I am surprised that the WM6 is not compatible with the Palm Desktop. Any Sprint customers located in Brooklyn NY area? 11234? I am curious to see how the service is if it sucks then it is not worth me switching. Please advise. Thanks.

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by Kati | Oct 16, 2007 7:55:18 PM

Frankie and Help.. (unless you're one in the same).. have you tried checking the Treonauts forums yet? Folks are really really helpful on there. May be worth checking out. As for Sprint, I've had it for 7 years since working at CompUSA... but I live in Ohio where there aren't many skyscrapers that can block calls. =/

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by Bryanna | Oct 19, 2007 4:58:55 PM

I was out of a contract when the 755p came out and Sprint was trying to hassle me about not giving me the price that they would give new customers. If they do this, and you are not in a contract, ask to speak to the CANCELLATIONS department. Tell them that unless they give you the price you will go to another company for the 30 days and come back to get the phone at the price of the new customer. That is what the customer service rep told me to say and when I did, I got the price. Don't let them hassle you. You have no obligation to stay with them once your contract is up and they know that. Use it to your advantage!

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by Richard Baggett | Oct 26, 2007 11:22:39 AM

I just recently (4 month ago) bought the 755P. It is horrible!!!!! It worked perfect for 30 days. From then on its been non-returnable HELL. Phone goes off and reboots on it own accord. Volume never works when needed. When I reboot I loose all of my contacts. This is my 5th and FINAL PALM. I started with 500 PDA went to 515 color then to 600 smart phone then onto 650, now the 755 disaster. If you have not had it 30days.... Save yourself NOW. Bring it back.

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