In anticipation of Monday's Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus launch on Verizon Wireless, phone and plan pricing has been disclosed.
The Palm Pre Plus will be $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, while the Palm Pixi Plus will cost $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Both will require a new two-year customer agreement. What's more, in a positive sign for Palm's sales numbers, Verizon will be offering a BOGO promotion. From January 25th to February 14th, purchase a Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus, and get a Pixi Plus for free after mail-in rebate.
To recap, the Palm Pre Plus is different from the original Pre in that it offers a revamped navigational pad, 16 GB of storage, double the RAM, Mobile Hotspot capability, an updated keyboard that works similarly to the Pixi's, and an inductive battery cover out of the box for Touchstone support. The Palm Pixi Plus offers Wi-Fi out of the box.
As expected, the data plan for the two devices will be an additional $29.99 monthly. The shocker comes in the Mobile Hotspot pricing - a whopping $40 per month in addition to your data plan. So if you opt for unlimited calling, text messaging, data, and Mobile Hotspot, you're looking at $160 monthly. I can understand $20, but $40 for Mobile Hotspot? Talk about expensive. I don't know about you, but I couldn't stomach $70 for data, despite the capabilities of the Mobile Hotspot.
Will you be eagerly waiting at your local Verizon store when Monday morning rolls around? How about that Mobile Hotspot feature - are you willing to spend $40 for it, or are you going to stick with the $29.99 unlimited data and call it a day? Sound off in the comments section below!