Palm Sets Tiny Smartphone Free

Palm Sets Tiny Smartphone Free
The credit-card sized Palm phone is now available as an unlocked handset.

(CCM) — Fans of Palm's tiny smartphone can now buy the diminutive handset and use it on a choice of carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and the Metro prepaid brand, (but not Sprint), following the company's decision to offer unlocked versions of the device.

Previously the phone was only available for use on Verizon's network, but pre-orders for unlocked versions are now open and the devices are expected to ship in about six to eight weeks, according to an Engadget report.

The unlocked Palm phone will be identical to the Verizon version in terms of functionality, and priced at $350 it offers less than many other budget phones. But it is likely that it will appeal to consumers who value miniaturization above all else.

The phone was originally meant to be a secondary phone for people to use when carrying a fully featured, and larger, phone would be unnecessary and inconvenient. But its 3.2-inch display, Snapdragon 435 processor, and camera, make it perfectly usable as an everyday device. Its limited battery life means that it is unlikely to appeal to heavy users of apps, however.

The phone was originally unveiled in late 2018, and was designed to be about the same size as a credit card.

Image: © Palm.