Centro for Bell Offers Power of a Smartphone at Very Affordable Price
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Palm, Inc.'s small and lightweight
Palm(R) Centro(TM) smartphone is now available on Bell Mobility's high-speed
mobile network (1xEv-DO).(1) Centro, which has sold more than two million
units worldwide, comes in soft-touch Midnight Black with 128MB of available
memory, Facebook(R) for Palm(2), and Google Maps(TM) with the My Location
For individuals and traditional mobile phone users who are looking to buy
their first smartphone and want to stay connected with friends, family and
co-workers, Palm Canada and Bell have made Centro available at its most
competitive price yet: $49.95 on a three-year term.
"Centro is the best example of a user-friendly smartphone that's both fun
and easy to use," said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for
Palm, Inc. "Centro's sleek and lightweight design makes it perfect for
first-time smartphone users who want voice, text, email, web, contact and
calendar capabilities all wrapped into one compact device."
"Bell Mobility is pleased to add the Palm Centro to our industry-leading
lineup of smartphones, all of them with access to the fastest and largest
network across North America," said Adel Bazerghi, Bell Mobility's senior vice
president of Products. "Clients who choose the affordable Palm Centro will
love the instant access to great mobile applications like Facebook for Palm
and Google Maps."
Centro has a stylish look that feels comfortable in the hand, and
discreetly fits in a pocket or clutch. It 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 with Google Maps with the new My
Location feature(3) - all in one small smartphone. Facebook for Palm lets
users connect with friends, respond to messages, upload photos and videos,
receive status updates, browse friends' profiles and send out new friend
requests.(2) Centro's 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 QWERTY keyboard make
it easy to use, with key features such as one-touch speakerphone,
conference calling, ignore a call with text messaging and Bluetooth(R)
- Easy Messaging - Centro's full QWERTY keyboard with comfortable
gel-soft keys makes typing complete messages fast and easy. Plus,
Centro keeps all conversations in a chat-style view, just like Instant
Messaging, so users can see the entire conversation unfold.
- Personal and Work Email - New users to the smartphone world now have
an easy mobile email solution. Personal email is simple to use 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.(1)
- Web Browsing - Centro offers web access over the largest and fastest
network across North America. The full keyboard and touch screen make
navigating, reading, and viewing pages easy.
- Multimedia - Pocket Tunes(TM) 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. The Midnight Black Centro from Bell
has 128MB of available memory and the ability to add up to 4GB more
with a microSD card (sold separately), so there's plenty of room for
playlists, photos and videos.
- Productivity - Centro enables users to easily create, edit and view
Word and Excel compatible documents, as well as view PowerPoint and
PDF files. Get one touch access to your phone, applications, calendar
and email1 with four dedicated shortcut keys.
Palm Centro for Bell also comes with a variety of out-of-box software,
including Bluetooth, 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
Pricing and Availability
The Midnight Black Palm Centro smartphone is available now for as little
as $49.95 with a three-year contract or $395.99 without a contract.
More information on Centro is available at www.palm.com/ca or
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a leading mobile products company, creating instinctive yet
powerful mobile products that enable people to better manage their lives on
the go. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and
businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM), Pre(TM) and Centro(TM) phones, as well as
software, services and accessories.
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
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
(1) Within wireless coverage area only. Messaging, email, and web require
data services at additional cost. VPN may also be required.
Additional fees may be required for some services. Direct Push
Technology requires Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 or
Exchange Server 2007.
(2) Facebook for Palm available in English only.
(3) Google Maps may not be available in all areas at all times. Within
wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at additional
cost. Location is an approximation and is not GPS. Voice-activated
as-you-go turn-by-turn directions require third-party software at
(4) While some applications, songs and books are available free of
charge, others may be sold separately.
Palm, VersaMail, HotSync, Treo, Pre 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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Environics Communications for Palm Canada, (416) 969-2766, (416) 969-2671,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; Julie Smithers, Bell
Media Relations, (416) 528-9409, email@example.com