As expected, Verizon Wireless have launched the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus smart devices.
The Palm Pre Plus features an increase in internal flash memory from 8GB found on the GSM and Sprint versions to 16 GB along with the debut of Verizon’s 3G Mobile Hot Spot tethering add-on for both the Pre and Pixi Plus.
The Pixi Plus features a built-in Wi-Fi radio in contrast to the Sprint version but is otherwise identical in featureset. The Palm Pre Plus is available for $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and the Pixi will cost $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. Online pricing features instant discounts.
Both devices will require a voice plan at a minimum of $40 per month, $30 device data plan and the Mobile HotSpot application, which will allow the Pre and Pixi to act as a Wi-Fi modem will be offered at a $40 premium alongside the required voice and data plans. Messaging is not included in the data or voice plans and is being sold as a separate add-on.
Verizon is also offering a buy-one-get-one free promotion until February 14 for the Pre and Pixi Plus, with interested customers buying a Palm Pre or Pixi Plus receiving a second Pixi Plus for free after mail in rebate.