PalmOne chops PDA prices

But better Tungsten T3 deal coming

PalmOne today trimmed the price of its Tungsten T3 and Zire 72 PDAs in the UK, but buyers keen to take advantage of the T3 offer may prefer to wait.

From today, the Tungsten T3 will retail for around £249 inc. VAT, down from £289, a fall of 13.8 per cent. At the same time, PalmOne cut the Zire 72's price from £219 to £179 - down 18.3 per cent.

However, sources close to the company noted that PalmOne will shortly release a business-oriented bundle that pairs the Tungsten T3 with the company's infra-red foldable keyboard. The price, we're told, will match that of the standalone product, effectively rendering the keyboard free of charge.

The price cuts follow a similar reduction in the US, which saw the T3 fall to $349 from $399. Rather than reduce the price of the $249 Zire 72 outright, PalmOne US opted to bundle a $50 mail-in rebate form.

The cuts follow last week's introduction of the Tungsten T5, an upgraded Tungsten E with Bluetooth, a 320 x 480 display, 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 CPU and 256MB of Flash memory. Some 160MB of that is allocated as an internal storage card, and can mounted on a host PC or Mac just like a USB Flash drive. ®

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