The HP Veer 4G will be available from AT&T stores on May 15 in either black or white, costing $99.99 with a two-year contract, AT&T said on Thursday. AT&T said the offer is good for just a limited time, however, and that there's an early termination fee of up to $325, depending on how far along users are into their contract.
Inside will be 8 GB of user storage, which will store preloaded apps including a mobile hotspot for up to five users and AT&T Navigator that uses the built-in GPS. AT&T also claimed that "thousands of apps" are available via the WebOS App Catalog.
"A large majority of our customers are choosing smartphones but they don't all want the same thing," said Michael Woodward, vice president, mobile device portfolio, for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, in a statement. "HP Veer 4G gives us a highly unique and feature-rich smartphone for customers who want something a 'little' different."
Many of us eager Palm Pre users - and yes, even you Pixi users - have been twiddling our thumbs (read "breaking stuff") waiting for the webOS 2.0 OTA update to hit our phones. Much to our dismay, Palm has only offered solace in saying that "the coming months" will roll out webOS 2.0 to the dedicated Palm smartphone users. However, a ray of light has shined through, in the form of a beta OS running on the original Palm Pre showcasing additional features.
The beta, labeled "HP webOS Nova-Barley," is marked as version 2.0.1 and features voice dialing and new preferences for Exhibition View. True to beta form there are some perfomance kinks to be ironed out, and a final OTA update is rumored (very likely) to be the 2.1 version of webOS. We'll see whether or not this news will be enough to keep Pre die-hards from jumping the webOS ship into the iOS, Android, or even WP7 waters. As for me, I'm still hanging on to my Pre, but it's not getting any lighter, HP!
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