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I figured we’d see "defensive" measures taken today, the official day of the iPhone 3G release. You know what I mean: price cuts and special incentives on other phones from other carriers. So that’s why I’m wondering about the latest Palm Centro news to hit my […]

Centroatteb_4I figured we’d see "defensive" measures taken today, the official day of the iPhone 3G release. You know what I mean: price cuts and special incentives on other phones from other carriers. So that’s why I’m wondering about the latest Palm Centro news to hit my Inbox. Starting today and running through September 20th, you can grab a new Palm Centro for $69.99 with two-year agreement and mail-in rebate. All three colors are eligble: the new electric blue, glacier white and obsidian black. Definitely a nice deal for a solid little smartphone running the Palm OS.

Here’s the bit that made me do a double-take. This deal is for Centros on the AT&T network. As in the only U.S. network supported by the new iPhone that arrived today. Good for Palm, I suppose, but I question why this deal is going out today. Luckily, I’m not a Palm strategist or you would have seen this deal a few weeks prior to the iPhone 3G release or solely for Sprint and Verizon. ;)

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  1. As a long time Treo user, I was checking out the AT&T Centro and saw it at WalMart for only $48 and change. I asked the sales person if that was an “after rebate” price and he told me no, you just had to either be a new customer or be eligible for an upgrade and do a two year contract. I also asked him if they would shake me down for an activation charge and he said no. So I asked again to confirm that for $48 plus tax, no rebates, no activation fees, no other surprise charges, basically just $52 and I could walk out of WalMart with a new Centro and he said yeah, that was the deal. And this wasn’t even a limited time special – just WalMart’s everyday price.

    And there’s an AT$T store right across the street selling the same phone for $99 after a $100 rebat and two year commitment.

  2. It’s also only $49.99 out the door without data plan and WITHOUT any mail in rebates. National Retailers (RadioShack, Sams Club, Wal-Mart) always have cheap cheap phone prices with NO MAIL IN REBATES!! Check them out. I just got a ATT V9 Razr for $0 on new 2yr @ WM. AT&T Store had them for $299.99 + $100 mail in rebate. Crazy

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