Verizon Pre 2 Now Offered for Free by HP

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After previously dropping Pre 2 prices to $29.99 with a new two-year contract, HP has decided to sweeten the deal even more. The phone is now being offered for free with a new Verizon plan.

Palm Pre 2 is currently available at Verizon for $409.99 unlocked or for $49.99 with a new two-year contract, but the HP Wireless Central new deal is much better.

A similar offer is available for Canadian customers, who can get the device for free with a contract from reseller Wireless Wave.

There is no indication that the new offer has a limited timeline, but taking into consideration the rate that the phone got from $100 to free, there's a high chance that the offer will only end when the stocks are finished.

Pre 2 has made a discreet presence at this year's MWC, as the device is now completely outperformed by the its HP Pre 3 successor, which is also running on HP's latest webOS 2.2 mobile platform.

However, in light of the new offerings, Palm Pre 2 can still be appealing for those who cannot afford the Pre 3, which should be available on the market some time in April.

The smartphone has one of the best ergonomically designed slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which seems to have been borrowed by the Pre 3 as well.

Its 3.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with 16 million colors support and 320 x 480 pixels resolution, is complemented by an accelerometer and proximity sensor.

Obviously, the Palm Pre 2 includes a lot of smartphone features that customers still expect such as Wi-Fi connectivity with HotSpot for up to 5 devices, 1 Ghz processor, built-in GPS and Bluetooth capabilities.

The phone's battery is rated by the manufacturer for up to 350 hours for standby time or up to 5 hours and 30 minutes for talk time.

Even though the device runs on HP's webOS 2.0, it still makes an excellent choice thanks to the new deals available.

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