Palm Centro Smartphone Offers Touch Screen and Keyboard to Traditional
Mobile Phone Users
TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - For individuals and traditional mobile phone
users who want to stay connected with friends, family and co-workers, Palm
Canada and Rogers Wireless today announced the Canadian launch of the popular
Palm(R) Centro(TM) smartphone, available at Rogers Wireless, the country's
most reliable wireless network. The Centro is Palm's smallest and lightest
smartphone and has sold more than one million units worldwide.
"Traditional cell phone users are stepping up the Palm Centro in droves
because of its cool design, full keyboard and ease of use," said Brodie Keast,
senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. "More and more people need
voice, text, email, web, contact and calendar capabilities all wrapped in one
compact device so they can stay connected with everyone who is important to
them. Centro delivers all that and more."
Centro has a modern, stylish look that feels comfortable in the hand, and
discreetly fits in a pocket or clutch. Centro helps users manage email and
text messaging, keep track of their schedules, stay up-to-date on the latest
news, capture and share pictures, and get maps and directions with Google(TM)
Maps(1) -- all in one small phone.(2) Its full keyboard also makes it easy to
quickly type text messages and emails with complete thoughts and ideas.
Additional Centro Features and Benefits
- Superior Phone - Centro's touch screen and full keyboard, combined
with the simplicity of Palm OS(R), make it easy to use, with key
features such as one-touch speakerphone, conference calling, ignore a
call with text messaging and Bluetooth(R) connectivity.
- Easy Messaging - Centro's full keyboard makes typing complete
messages fast and easy when sending text, pictures, audio and video
clips. Plus, Centro keeps all conversations in a chat-style view,
just like Instant Messaging, so users can see the entire conversation
- Personal and Work Email - New users to the smartphone world now have
an easy mobile email solution. Personal email, such as Gmail and
Yahoo!, is simple to access right out of the box.(2) And, if users
have to check their work email, Microsoft Direct Push Technology
gives users access to their corporate email, as well as the ability
to automatically update work calendars and accept or decline meeting
invites, all on the go.(3)
- Web Browsing - Fast and easy web access on EDGE networks.(2) The full
keyboard and touch screen provide quick access to online information.
- Multimedia - Pocket Tunes on Centro lets users manage music, audio
books and videos easily.(4) Users can also shoot pictures or videos
with the built-in digital camera and share them with friends.
- Productivity - Centro enables users to easily create, edit and view
Word and Excel compatible documents, as well as view PowerPoint and
PDF files. Centro also can be used as a modem for connecting a laptop
to the Internet via Bluetooth, so users can stay connected anywhere
within wireless coverage.(5)
The Palm Centro from Rogers Wireless also comes with a variety of
out-of-box software, including Bluetooth(R), Calculator, Calendar, Camcorder,
Camera, Contacts, Documents To Go(R) Professional Edition 10, Email
(VersaMail(R) 4.0), HotSync(R), Memos, Messaging, My Centro, Phone, Pics and
Video, Pocket Tunes(TM), Quick Tour, Tasks, Voice Dial, Voice Memo, Web
(Blazer 4.5), and World Clock.
Pricing and Availability
The cobalt blue Palm Centro smartphone is available now for $199.99 with
any three-year voice and data plan renewal with minimum $45 monthly service
fee for existing Rogers Wireless customers. New customers can purchase the
Palm Centro for $299.99 with any three-year voice and data plan activation.
More information on Centro is available at www.palm.com/ca or
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) is a global leader and innovator of easy-to-use
mobile products that simplify people's lives and help them stay connected on
the go. The company offers a range of products -- including Palm(R) Treo(TM)
and Centro(TM) smartphones, Palm handhelds, services and accessories -- to
meet the needs of consumers, mobile professionals and businesses.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and
wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm online stores
More information about Palm Canada, Inc. is available at
(1) Google Maps for Mobile may not be available for certain areas.
(2) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage
depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming
agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a
mobile service provider at an additional cost.
(3) Requires Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 or Exchange Server
2007 and access enabled by IT administrator.
(4) While some applications, songs and books are available free of
charge, others may be sold separately.
(5) Additional service charges may apply. Connection via Bluetooth
Palm, Palm OS, VersaMail, HotSync, Treo and Centro are among the
trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All
other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to
identify products or services of, their respective owners.
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