If you paid full price less than three months ago for a Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus on the Verizon Wireless network, you might not consider this to be good news. But if you’re in the market for one of these smartphones – or perhaps thought you’d wait until the price fell – your perception might be a little different.
Verizon slashed its prices for the Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi to just $49.99 and $29.99, respectively. That’s $100 less for the Pre and the $70 less for the Pixi just since late January, when they made their Verizon debuts.
The original phones had an exclusive contract with Sprint that lasted eight months, which most analysts would say had no better than mediocre results. And sales with Verizon haven’t been anything to brag about either, possibly resulting in too much supply and not enough demand, leading to another price cut.
The Pre’s original price when it made its Sprint debut last summer was $199. Sprint launched the Pixi in November for $100.
All prices require a two-year service contract. Some retail outlets that sell the Palm phones have cut the prices even more.