Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless priced the new Palm Pre Plus at $149 and Palm Pixi Plus at $99.99, both after $100 mail-in rebate and with new two-year customer agreement.
match the prices of the earlier generation Palm Pre and Palm Pixi, offered
exclusively through Sprint. Verizon is the exclusive carrier of the Plus
versions, which require a $29.95/montn data plan.
, Verizon will offer the Plus-size versions beginning Jan. 25.
The new models port multiple improvements over their predecessors. Both are the industry's first phones to double as mobile Wi-Fi hot spot with the installation of a downloadable app. Through the Wi-Fi-equipped phones, up to five Wi-Fi devices at a time will be able to access the Internet via Verizon's CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A network.
Pre Plus upgrades also include internal memory doubled 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 its sister model, and the Pixi and Pixi Plus both feature touchscreens and fixed QWERTY keyboards.