Palm Pixi fact sheet (pdf)
Application Development For Palm webOS Devices Powered by America’s
Most Dependable 3G Network Will Be a Leading Topic at Sprint’s Open
Developer Conference Starting Today
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced Nov. 15 as the first day of nationwide
availability for Palm® Pixi™, exclusively available on
America’s most dependable 3G network1 from Sprint2.
It will cost just $99.99 with a two-year service agreement, after a $50
instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate and be available at Sprint
stores, online at www.sprint.com,
through telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, and at Best Buy, RadioShack and
select Wal-Mart stores.
“We are excited to offer the new Palm Pixi to our customers in time for
the holiday season, and it’s a great addition to Sprint’s
industry-leading device portfolio,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice
president – Product Development, Sprint. “Simply put, this phone is fun
and easy to use; with its multi-touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard,
it’s a great device for messaging and social networking at a price
everyone can enjoy, and delivers so many of the great features people
love about Palm Pre™ in a fantastic new form factor, making it a huge
hit for consumers.”
Running the Palm webOS™ mobile platform, Palm Pixi lets the user keep
multiple activities open and move easily between them, like flipping
through a deck of cards, using natural gestures. This allows for easy
movement between messaging and email or searching the Web while
listening to music, and items are rearranged simply by dragging them.
Universal search also makes finding things easy, providing results from
both the device and the Web.
Palm webOS brings together the user’s most important information from
their phone, at work or on the Web into one logical view. In addition to
linking information from Google™, Facebook®, Microsoft®
Exchange ActiveSync® and LinkedIn®, Palm Pixi adds
Yahoo!® integration to Palm Synergy™3. Palm
Linked contacts – A single view that links contacts from a variety of
sources, so accessing them is easier than ever.
Layered calendars – Calendars can be seen on their own or layered
together in a single view, combining work, family, friends, sports
teams or other interests, and the user can toggle to look at one
calendar at a time, or see them all at a glance.
Combined messaging – See all the conversations with the same person in
a chat-style view, including MMS, even if it started in IM and
switched to reply with text messaging. The user can also see who’s
active in a buddy list right from contacts or email, and start a new
conversation with just one touch.
A new Facebook application will be available with Palm Pixi, so users
can see and comment on all the latest news from friends and easily
update their status. Palm Pixi features an exposed full QWERTY keyboard,
multi-touch screen and a durable, removable rubberized back cover.
While Palm Pixi comes with a charger included in the box, Palm recently
introduced the Touchstone™ charging dock, the first inductive charging
solution for phones. Touchstone, along with the Touchstone compatible
back cover (both sold separately), allows Palm Pixi to be set on top of
the dock without worrying about connection, orientation or fit. The
device remains active while charging, allowing access to the touch
screen, movies or video, or the speakerphone option. Touchstone is
available in Sprint stores nationwide for $79.99 and includes a
Touchstone charger and USB wall charger. The Pixi Touchstone back cover
is also available for $19.99 (plus taxes).
Palm Pixi requires activation on a pricing plan including unlimited
data, such as Sprint’s Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM,
which give customers unlimited mobile calling on the Sprint network to
and from any U.S. wireless carrier, unlimited nationwide texting, email,
Web browsing and much more, starting at just $69.99. The Simply
EverythingSM plan from Sprint offers a truly unlimited
experience for only $99.99 per month, a savings of $1,200 over two years
versus a comparable AT&T iPhone® plan4. (All
price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. Other exclusions apply.)
Customers who subscribe to an Everything Data plan are also
automatically enrolled in Sprint Premier, the industry-leading loyalty
program. The Premier program provides customers with great benefits such
as annual upgrades, discounts on accessories, anniversary rewards, rate
plan checkups and “first to know” information about the latest at Sprint.
Palm Pixi will take advantage of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network
(inclusive of data roaming), which reaches more than 269 million people,
18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Networks (inclusive of data
roaming) have more than twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network
and more than 15 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network,
both based on square miles5.
Sprint is also the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now with trained
retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their
Palm Pixi, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the
customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down
with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can
schedule an appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.
Application developers will have a chance to learn more about Palm webOS
at Sprint’s ninth annual developer conference beginning today in Santa
Clara, Calif. The Sprint Open Developer Conference is open to all
developers and will feature information through speaker sessions and
coding camps on developing applications for a range of platforms,
including webOS. Palm is a premier sponsor of the conference, and Ben
Galbraith and Dion Almaer, directors of Developer Relations for Palm,
will be giving a keynote address in addition to running several breakout
sessions and coding camps focusing on the webOS platform. For details,
go to http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2009.
Customers who would like to register to receive additional information
about Palm Pixi can register at www.palm.com/pixi.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving almost 49 million customers at the end of
the second quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy
has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction
scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1 “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive
tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability, and signal
strength for the top 50 most populous U.S. markets (including PR) from
January 2008 to July 2009. Not all services are available on 3G,
and coverage may default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable.
Within wireless coverage area only. Email, mobile number and related
information required for setup and activation. Required data plan not
included; unlimited plan strongly recommended.
Limitations apply. Layered calendars and linked contacts for Outlook
require Exchange ActiveSync and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or
later, sold separately.
4 Savings based on publicly
available information comparing AT&T Nation Unlimited plus required
iPhone data plan and optional unlimited text messaging totaling
$149.99/month for AT&T as of publication date, excluding taxes,
surcharges and fees. iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
Coverage comparison based on publicly available information as of
4/01/09 inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square miles.
Coverage comparison based on publicly available information as of 4/1/09
inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square miles.
Palm, Pixi, Synergy, Touchstone and webOS are trademarks of Palm, Inc.
Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511