Centro GSM Available In Europe!
Although there’s been no official word yet about the AT&T Centro release date (rumoured to be quite imminent) Palm Europe for its part today announced that the GSM version of its ultra-popular Palm Centro – the smallest and lightest Palm smartphone to date – will be coming to Europe at the end of February (in the UK on February 14).
With a GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 10 radio this Unlocked Centro is the first quad band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) world smartphone designed for individuals and traditional mobile phone users looking to manage their busy lives while on the go (I do wish that the radio could have been the higher end UMTS/HSDPA version for faster data connectivity though…). The Unlocked Centro will be available in Europe in Black Onyx (pictured below) with a suggested retail price of €299/£199 (including VAT) [about $399].
Given the fact that I travel across the world pretty much all year round and that I’ve been looking forward to using this mini-Treo on a daily basis since its release by Sprint a few months ago I’ll evidently be one of the first to switch from my GSM Treo 680 to this new GSM Centro the moment it becomes available.
Palm for its part stated that: “We are excited about bringing Centro to Europe. Its small size – which incorporates a full keyboard, making text and email easy - is just one of the reasons that traditional mobile phone users are being persuaded to move to smartphones,” said Roy Bedlow, vice president, Palm EMEA. “People want more functionality from their phones, and Centro delivers all the vital communication and organisation needs without compromising on design.”
Aside from the obvious difference in the radio, key features of the GSM Palm Centro below are pretty much identical to the earlier CDMA Sprint Centro:
- All-in-one phone and messaging device
- Small and light, weighing just over 4 oz. (119 grams)
- Full keyboard and a colour touch screen
- Text messaging with a chat-style view
- Ability to store names, numbers, appointments, notes and to-do’s
- Access to wireless email accounts, such as Gmail and Yahoo!
- Web browsing capabilities, for visiting sites such as MySpace and Yahoo!
- Google Maps for maps and directions
- 1.3-megapixel digital camera with video capture
- Easy-to-use Palm OS software
- Ability to play music with PocketTunes
- Ability to create, edit and view native Word and Excel compatible files
- Ability to view native PowerPoint and PDF documents
- Microsoft Direct Push Technology for delivery of Outlook email, as well as personal email, such as Gmail and Yahoo!
- Bluetooth 1.2 for connecting wirelessly with compatible headsets and car kits
- 64MB dedicated user storage with support for up to 4GB microSD cards
- Thousands of add-on software applications available
- Ability to use Centro as a modem for connecting a laptop to the Internet via Bluetooth, so users can stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage
I am a little bit disappointed that Palm’s European GSM Centro launch is not (for now at least) supported by a large carrier such as Vodafone or Orange but at the same time delighted to see that an Unlocked version is already available – one that will hopefully also make it over to the US.
Additionally, like many I’m anxiously waiting to get some official news on the AT&T Centro and possible T-Mobile Centro rumoured to be coming within the next couple of weeks…
Centronauts are always ready for new releases…