Verizon Centro Coming Soon
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Back in February we discovered that a Blue Centro was going to be released by Palm and we suggested that the most likely carrier for this would be Verizon but the months went by without any additional information or leaks to confirm this.
At the beginning of April we then found out that within the world of Centro colors a Blue Centro had indeed been released but that it was destined for carriers Telcel and Movistar in Mexico raising further doubt that a Verizon Centro would be released.
Now the anticipation is over as we _finally_ have confirmation that a Verizon Palm Centro is indeed on the way thanks to an official image (below) which clearly shows the Blue Centro branded with the Verizon logo – just as had been rumoured all along…
There’s still no release date announced for this Verizon Centro nor any official statement from Palm but an educated guess is that it may become available by the end of May or beginning of June. If this is the case the Palm Centro will be the first Palm smartphone in quite a while to become available within a short window across all three of the largest US carriers – Sprint, AT&T and now Verizon.
The Verizon Centro is great news on a number of fronts. For starters it demonstrates a renewed commitment by Verizon to Palm smartphones (something which has been anything but obvious in recent times) and allows entry to a large number of customers who will finally be able to experience this tiny but powerful device in their pocket.
At the same time Palm will be able to build further on the huge popularity of its Centro (the fastest selling Palm smartphone ever) which has already sold well over 1,000,000 units with Sprint and AT&T alone thanks to its terrific $99 price point, design and functionatily. My guess is that Palm could very well sell an additional million Centro smartphones just with Verizon before the end of the year – particularly if like the Free Sprint Centro and Free AT&T Centro a Free Verizon Centro also becomes available.
Separately, although the continued success of the Centro certainly doesn’t remedy or excuse the fact that Palm will not release a completely new, next-generation, high-end, enterprise-class smartphone before the beginning of 2009 it nonetheless helps to vindicate the staying power of the Palm OS and the resilience of Palm as a company – they simply won’t go down without a good fight and I have to admit that I rather admire that.
[Verizon Centro image via Engadget Mobile]
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