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Palm's Centro: A Cheaper Smartphone With Upgraded Features

It seems that the Palm Inc. is making a strong push into the smartphone market with the introduction of its new Centro VZW.

Industry analysts have strongly recommended that Palm needs to revamp its platform in order to rebuild its market share, particularly to compete with Apple's iPhone.

This small-sized Centro for VZW, is based on the Palm OS and features a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth wireless, a touchscreen, a 1.3 megapixel camera with a microSD slot to enable memory expansion.

Other features include a document editor and viewer along with push-email with ample support from Good Messaging and Xpress Mail.

For unlimited data, the customers will be charged $29.99/month.

If the customers wish to enjoy Internet based on broadband PC, they have to pay an extra $30 in addition to the monthly charge.

The new Centro Version will offer better audio, improved mobile voice control, faster AOL Instant Messaging (AIM).

This new Palm Centro smartphone is expected to hit the Canadian market very soon.

External Links
Palm tries for a smartphone rebound with Centro
Palm and Rogers Wireless Bring Centro To Canada

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.