HP has announced that it will be extending a special offer to Palm smartphone owners, giving customers who have already shown commitment to webOS and HP’s product line a discount on the tablet when it launches.
HP acquired smartphone manufacturer Palm in early 2010, and consequently, also became owners of the company’s homebrewed webOS mobile platform. After its inception in 2009, webOS appeared in several different Palm phones including the Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi, and Palm Pixi Plus.
In celebration of users who helped get webOS off of the ground, HP is offering a $50 discount on the 32GB HP TouchPad (the first ever webOS tablet) to customers who can provide proof of ownership of one of the aforementioned smartphones.
The discount will be available through July 31 and is limited to customers in the United States and Canada. It will come in the form of a mail-in rebate, and can be applied to TouchPads that are on reservation or that were pre-ordered.
The 32GB TouchPad normally costs $599, but will drop down to $549 after the discount. A 16GB model will also be available for $499, but it will not be eligible for the discount. The TouchPad officially launches this Friday, July 1.