Verizon Palm Centro Almost Here?
Following the first official leaked image of the Verizon Centro back in April we now learn that large electronics retailers such as Circuit City are already getting stock of their first Verizon branded Blue Centro smartphones (pictured below).
Unfortunately, for now at least, these are “dummies” intended for retail display but they should nonetheless be a very good indication that the real Verizon Centro sales may start very shortly (possibly this June).
Clearly Palm has had a massive hit with the Centro becoming the fastest selling Palm smartphone ever – having sold well over 1,000,000 units by the end of last quarter and expected to reach over 2.0 million by the end of this quarter. Those people who consider the Palm OS to be dwindling should certainly look at Centro sales figures.
The success of the Centro alone has helped Palm nearly double its share of the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2008 when it grabbed 13.4% – up from 7.9% in the fourth quarter according to research firm IDC. This is still well below the 23% market share that Palm enjoyed in Q1 2007 but at least indicative of a new upward trend.
I expect that the continued strong sales of both the Sprint Centro and AT&T Centro combined with the forthcoming release of the Verizon Centro (hopefully this month), the CDMA Windows Mobile Sprint Treo 800w and Verizon Treo 800w between July and September as well as the GSM Windows Mobile Treo 850 also in September should help Palm continue to regain market share.
Treonauts are always a massive hit…