There’s nothing quite like free, so the deals that HP is offering up free Palm Pre and Palm Pixi handsets to new AT&T and Verizon customers is pretty damn good. This is great news for those who wanted just a little piece of Palm after it had officially become a division of HP. What could possibly be better than that? Verizon customers who snap up a Palm Pre Plus will also be handed a free Bluetooth headset. But what about the Pre’s first home, Sprint? Unfortunately, Sprint customers will have to fork over $100 and $20 for the Pre and Pixi, respectively. If Sprint is your favorite network or you’re somehow stuck with it, those still aren’t bad prices.
In addition to the free phones, HP is pushing out webOS 1.4.5, and while it’s a minor update it does fix some bothersome issues such as text input within web pages. It also improves security quite a bit, a big issue in the past for webOS, fixes a bug in podcasts and better support for the webOS Plug-in Development Kit.
Hopefully this is a sign that the new hardware Palm was talking about, as well as newer and more improved versions of webOS, are soon on their way. The deals on the Palm handsets are a clear sign that HP is intending on clearing out stock, which was apparently piling up in some cases, to make way for the new. I’m pretty excited to see what HP has in store for us now.