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G'Day, Centro. Palm's Little Wonder Launches Down Under.

Wed May 21, 2008 - 9:48 AM EDT - By Mike Guccione

It seems nothing can stop Palm from spreading the Centro love. On May 26, prepaid customers on Telstra's network will have another phone choice. Available in the attractive Glacier White color, Telstra customers will be able to access exclusive BigPond content on their Centros as well as use the familiar (aging) interface that the Palm OS offers. Offered at $299, the Centro will be a unique prepaid offering as most available handsets are standard or feature phones. A quick glance at competing wireless companies in Australia came up empty in prepaid smartphone offerings, though you have to wonder how many people will be ready to pony up that many Australian dollars for a prepaid, locked phone. Apparently Ross Fielding, executive director, Telstra Product Management, feels differently:

"As the first provider of this unique smartphone in Australia, Telstra is demonstrating its commitment to giving customers the best choice of Pre-Paid products and services."

The Centro is exclusively being offered Down Under through Telstra and will be locked to their service, though PIC is reporting that a future unlocked version is not to be ruled out.

[via PalmInfoCenter, Palm.com]

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