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Palm, Dell phones set for AT&T debut

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The Palm Pre, which launched in 2009, was originally billed as an iPhone-killer – or at very least, a smart, innovative phone that could lift Palm's fortunes, and put the company head to head with bigger rivals such as Apple and Research in Motion.

But sales of the Palm Pre and the pint-sized Palm Pixi have sagged, and last month Palm signaled that revenue for the fiscal year ending in May would fall well below the originally forecast $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion.

Today comes news that the Palm smart phone line, currently available only on Sprint and Verizon, will be sold at AT&T stores "in coming months." No word on exact date, but Palm says that the AT&T-powered Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus should go for $149.99 and $49.99, respectively, with a two-year voice and data plan and a $100 mail-in rebate.

At 50 bucks with a contract, the Palm Pixi Plus would be half as much as the cheapest Apple iPhone – a nice price point, any way you slice it.

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