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Palm takes Pre, Pixi to AT&T: Will it matter?

Palm will bring its Pre Plus and Pixi Plus to AT&T in an effort to get more distribution for the troubled devices.

This is a guest post from Larry Dignan of TechRepublic's sister site ZDNet. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Palm said Monday that it will bring its Pre Plus and Pixi Plus to AT&T in an effort to get more distribution for the troubled devices.

The beleaguered handset maker could use some good news. Last week, Palm disappointed Wall Street with a poor outlook after sales of the Pre and Pixi failed to get traction among Verizon Wireless customers.

Now Palm has to burn through excess inventory.

With AT&T, Palm is hoping it can get more of its webOS-powered phones in the field. The Pre Plus will go for $149.99 and the Pixi will run you $49.99 with a two-year service contract and $100 mail-in rebate.

Also: Palm: Pondering the future and the vicious cycle ahead

What remains to be seen is whether Palm can cure its marketing problems with the AT&T launch. On a conference call, Palm executives noted that it didn't have the proper training and focus to get Verizon Wireless sales folks wound up.

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