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Palm From Verizon To Double As Mobile Hot Spots

Las Vegas
– Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive carrier of two new Palm smartphones
that will double as mobile Wi-Fi hot spot with the installation of a
downloadable app.

The two new WebOS-based smartphones, unveiled at CES by Palm,
will be the first cellphones to incorporate mobile hot spot capability, the
company said. Through the Wi-Fi-equipped phones, up to five Wi-Fi-equipped
devices at a time will be able to access the Internet via Verizon’s CDMA 1x
EV-DO Rev. A network.

The devices, due from Verizon on Jan. 25 at undisclosed prices,
are the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, upgrades of two current models available
only through Sprint.

The Pre Plus upgrades include internal memory doubles to 512MB,
embedded flash-memory storage doubled to 16GB, and the elimination of a navigation
button to simplify navigation. The Pixi Plus gets built-in Wi-Fi, unlike the
original Pixi.

Like the Pre, the Pre Plus features touchscreen and slide-down
QWERTY keyboard. The Pixi Plus, like the Pixi, is smaller, lighter and less
expensive than their sister models, and both feature touchscreen and fixed
QWERTY keyboard.

In other announcements, Palm said a WebOS v1.4 update due in
February will add videocamera capabilities to its WebOS-based phones and enable
on-device video editing. WebOS 1.4 will also enable the devices to run Flash 10
when Adobe makes a plug-in available in the near future. Flash currently is
unavailable on Palm’s smartphones.

And in another announcement, the company said 3D games are
available for the firs time for Pre phones in the U.S.