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Verizon Centro In My Hands!

I just received my brand spanking shiny new Cobalt Blue Verizon Centro and I thought that I’d share my joy with you via some pictures below as well as my first impressions while I prepare my full review…

Verizon Centro In Hand

The Verizon box (below) contains the Centro smartphone and its battery as well as a wall charger, USB Sync & Charge cable as well as a Getting Started CD that includes the required Palm Desktop Software.  There’s also a rather helpful “Tips, hints and shortcuts” booklet to aid new Centronauts discover all the things that they can do with their smartphone and enhance their experience.

Verizon Centro Unboxed

The body (below) is virtually identical to previous models and I particularly like the Blue color (my favourite) while also delighted as before by the small form factor (the Centro is the smallest Touchscreen + Keyboard smartphone in the world), the weight which at only 4.2 oz (119 grams) is great for your pocket, the rubber keyboard which has great tactile qualities and many, many more… 

I have no doubt that like me a few months ago and the nearly 2.0 million people who have already chosen the Centro, those either upgrading from a Treo 755p or Treo 700p as well as those entering the smartphone arena for the first time will be extremely happy choosing this terrific device.

 Verizon Centro Front Verizon Centro Back

 Verizon Centro Screen Verizon Centro Keyboard

As previously reported, the Verizon Centro will be available in stores starting this Friday, June 13th for just $99 (after a $70 rebate and with a 2 year contract).

Finally, to celebrate the launch of the Verizon Centro we’ve created a 10% Off Coupon valid for all accessories in the Centronauts Store and Treonauts Store.  Simply enter the coupon code VERIZONCENTRO during Checkout to enjoy this discount and enhance your Centro experience with some of our bestselling accessories.

Treonauts always get their hands on something great

Posted by Andrew on June 13, 2008 at 10:04 AM

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by Marie | Jun 13, 2008 1:29:26 PM

So frustrating...as an existing Verizon customer I have the luxury of paying $219 for the new Centro! Lucky me!

I'm going to stop by the store on the way home, as the online chat person was not much help. He told me that since I was a new customer once, I had already gotten my discount.

Just don't know if it is worth going back to the spotty Sprint service for the dollar savings.

by Scott | Jun 13, 2008 2:30:53 PM

Too bad it's running Palm OS.

by Tom | Jun 13, 2008 2:36:29 PM

I was in the door two minutes after they opened this morning to nab one for my wife who was eligible on her "new every 2". First the guy says they don't have them and to come back Monday. I asked him to check, he looks online where it says they do, so he goes in the back and discovers one. I ended up paying $99 after the instant rebate, and we went with the $29/mo personal unlimited data plan. The $29 plan is the personal use unlimited plan that won't tie to corporate Email. The $45 plan is apparently for corporate users, and is apparently the only one supported on the 700P like mine. He said 700P software would be coming out to allow the $29 data plan, but keep in mind they also said they didn't have Centros. My wife is still playing with the Centro - no verdict yet, but now she won't have to carry a Palm and a phone. She would have preferred a different color. Now I'll sell her old Razor and Palm for about $150...

by Don | Jun 13, 2008 11:36:06 PM

We also were in the store 2 mins after they opened. We got two Centro's for $9 bux and change which was the tax. I had an upgrad, the rebate and also plus some complex smart phone upgrade that got me another $100 off. So zero before tax. Really happy with the phone. The speaker is louder and much clearer and it lets me do all the wonderful things the former phone did easy and fast without all that windows OS lag and lock up BS.
I waited a long time and the love affair for both me and the woman is just starting with our new Centros. PS, we were both 700P users before this.

by Anita | Jun 14, 2008 10:13:31 PM

My husband and I went to get his Centro this morning. First store told us they didn't have them. The 2nd store this evening had them, but we were told we couldn't do the $29 data plan....that the Centro wasn't one of the eligible phones for this plan and we had to go with the $44 one - and he has no need for corporate email. Reading other posts here, it sorta sounds like maybe we were told wrong?

by Anita | Jun 14, 2008 10:14:06 PM

My husband and I went to get his Centro this morning. First store told us they didn't have them. The 2nd store this evening had them, but we were told we couldn't do the $29 data plan....that the Centro wasn't one of the eligible phones for this plan and we had to go with the $44 one - and he has no need for corporate email. Reading other posts here, it sorta sounds like maybe we were told wrong?

by David | Jun 15, 2008 9:47:08 PM

Picked up my Centro this afternoon. Upgraded from a 700p and so far it's all good! Better news, I didn't pay a dime for the phone, with all of my discounts and thanks to you all about the info on the data package, 29.99, I saved a nice $$. Better than paying the $45 I was with the 700p. Now I'm just waiting the arrival of the 800...

by Mark Nelson | Jun 16, 2008 7:10:21 PM

After ongoing speakerphone problems, catastrophic headset jack failures and marginal signal retention with a bunch of Treo 680s and 755s, I approached the Centro with caution.

So far it looks like the $200 Centro speakerphone is louder and clearer than the $500 Treo speakerphone, and it may have a better headset jack also. The 2.5mm jacks on the Treos were total JUNK and could not be repaired. Time will tell.

On the negative side, the ability of the Centro to capture and hold a signal is way below our Blackberry 8800s, 8830s and 8330s. We will make precise measurements later, but right now I would estimate a 30% to 40% deficit.

I got my Centro on Saturday and immediately spent 2 to 3 hours on calls to tech support while I was IN THE VERIZON STORE, SITTING UNDER THEIR SMALL CELL, WITH A GREAT SIGNAL. I HAD 6 HARD DROPS IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS. There was no warning, no static, no noise; nothing but silence. I am not impressed.

And the keyboard may be OKay for a cockroach, but my thumb covers almost 5 keys, so keyboarding errors we never make on a Blackberry are common.

I love the Palm OS and needed a replacement for a terminally psychotic LifeDrive (Warranty replacement #5!), so I still have my data on a working Palm OS device. But the Centro isn’t a business class ‘phone. It can make and receive calls, but comes up a bit short when compared to our $20 Nokia 6030 loaners. I can’t give Centros to anyone in my company who needs a real ‘phone.

Unless the next Palm OS and the next generation of handsets shoot the lights out, it is good bye Palm. And, IF RIM ever gets a good stand alone PIM desktop application, or learns to capture and reformat Palm data files, Palm will be pronounced dead in a matter of hours. I was involved in the original purchase of Palm by U.S. Robotics, and find this mess very sad, but Palm owned the market and just gave it all away: too little, too late I fear!

by Arnold Ziffle | Jun 21, 2008 7:02:01 AM

Is the Centro an upgrade over the 755p or 700p? How so?

by Gina | Sep 8, 2008 2:01:24 AM

I got my Centro on Sep 4th. So far so good. I love it as an upgrade from my LG VX9800 (The V). I used to have a Sony CLIE PDA and a TXT phone (The V) but finally merged the two with the Centro. The only issue I have is an occasional "hiccup" where I hear a tone that sounds like an off, on tone whether the Centro is off or on. If the Centro is on while this occurs, it will actually lock up for a moment. Does anyone else experience this? If so, is it a hardware issue? I'm still within my return period so I can exchange the phone if needed.

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