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Palm Pre Launch Date - May 16?

Leaked Sprint Planning Documentation Reveals Possible May 16th Release Date For Palm Pre

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We’re all anxiously waiting for the release of the Palm Pre and until now the most likely launch window has been vaguely rumoured to be somewhere between mid-May to end of June (in line with Palm and Sprint’s official “within the first half of 2009”).

Having said this, thanks to a leaked Sprint planning doc (image above) it appears that it’s possible that we will see the Palm Pre coming out sooner rather than later with an ETA of Sunday, May 17th – just a little over a month away!!!

Considering that Sprint has simultaneously also implemented a “May vacation freeze” for all its employees we have to assume that this latest Palm Pre release date is the most solid we’ve come across yet.

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At the same time, one begins to wonder just how far an actual launch date can be when Palm Pre smartphones begin showing up in the wild…  As you can see above, two people (image above) were caught taking pictures/video with a Palm Pre in their hands at an annual “Bring Your Own Big Wheel” race.  There’s no way of knowing if these were Sprint or Palm employees or some lucky beta testers but if all these latest rumours are true I guess that we will also be able to get our hands on our very own Palm Pre within just five short weeks…

Finally, if the rumours of a May 17th release date are to be believed then I expect that Palm and Sprint will have to make an announcement either two or four weeks before – possibly this Friday, April 17 or Friday, May 1…

Palm Pre launching no earlier than May 16 [via Engadget]
Pre in the wild [images via bananachunks]

Preonauts are always ready for launch


Posted by Andrew on April 14, 2009 at 08:59 AM

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by Gary | Apr 14, 2009 9:48:10 AM

What worries me about the Pre is that whenever I see it being used the keyboard is out. Like in this situation it would be nice not to have to open the phone to use it, having it open seems to make it akward to hold. Your thoughts

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by reddot | Apr 14, 2009 10:19:34 AM

Are you sure that photo's not faked? The keyboard looks much tinier than even the centro keyboard. Perhaps about half the size of the 700ps? It's hard to tell though.

My 700p is almost dead. I'm trying to hold out for iPhone 3.0 this summer. But if the Pre makes a good showing and it's app store is well stocked, it may sway me. However, Palm's history of support (both for broken devices and for firmware upgrades) has been so lacking in the past that it makes me nervous.

Also, even though there will be emulators available to run PalmOS apps, will they be usable w/o a stylus? Many of the on-screen controls are really small.

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by Dave | Apr 14, 2009 11:35:11 AM

Reddot, you stole my thunder! Except for nursing a 650 instead of a 700p, I'm in exactly the same place as you with the same fears/issues about the Pre and waiting for the new iPhone. The one thing that was keeping the Pre an option for me was the keyboard. But seeing how tiny that keyboard is, it does not seem too useful for me.

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by proee | Apr 14, 2009 11:38:51 AM

I'm in the same boat Reddot. Sporting around my 700P with that hideous antenna...

I'm pretty sure Apple is going to launch a significant new phone this summer. Think about it, they've had years of development effort with the current iPhone's and so I'm sure they know what they're doing. If you look at the evolution of the iPod it's pretty amazing how they manage to keep improving on the previous generation (though the latest shuffle is a step back).

My biggest concern is getting a Pre that is of low build quality or basically being a beta tester for Palm. There will certainly be some bugs on the first release, the question is just how many and can Palm keep the support level adequate?

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by billy | Apr 14, 2009 2:49:11 PM

The pre is not coming out any earlier that June according to Best Buy and Sprint

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by Dave | Apr 14, 2009 5:13:51 PM

Has there been any discussions as to why Palm has chosen Sprint to be their carrier? I have been with Verizon for MANY years and am not sold in the least on the reliability of Sprint network. I may be wrong (I don't study this), but every review I have read rates Sprint to be poor on reliability especially vs. Verizon.

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by q | Apr 14, 2009 5:34:34 PM

I hear all the doubts, but in regards to the iphone 3.0, what significant improvements are there? Copy and paste? And in terms of keyboards, is it really plausible that the iphone keyboard is any better than a slightly smaller Palm keyboard. I don't think so. I've tried to IM with my touch and always get clowned for responding too slow. Tethering? I've been doing that with my Centro for like the past year, without having to pay extra. I've seen all the iphone 3.0 stuff I just don't see why its such a huge improvement, the kind of improvement that trumps anything Palm Pre is offering. To each his own, Palm will be getting money.

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by serge | Apr 14, 2009 5:41:33 PM

Reddot and Dave I am in a similar situation plus the malediction of working on Mac OS - you must try the coming Nokia N97 - a full wonder - large keybord, a 16/9 tv screen and full touch -like an I phone -- fully equiped wifi - bluetooth- gps and geo position of pictures - Maxi video and 5 megs photos camera - lots of apps _ 85 Gig inner Memory _ 16 gig micro SD card: the best of the 2 worlds. After having waited 6 years now something Smart from Palm I bought last year a Nokia N91 perfect but not touch... so as Palm is mocking Apple, I will rush back to the new Nokia N97

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by serge | Apr 14, 2009 5:43:25 PM

Reddot and Dave I am in a similar situation plus the malediction of working on Mac OS - you must try the coming Nokia N97 - a full wonder - large keybord, a 16/9 tv screen and full touch -like an I phone -- fully equiped wifi - bluetooth- gps and geo position of pictures - Maxi video and 5 megs photos camera - lots of apps _ 85 Gig inner Memory _ 16 gig micro SD card: the best of the 2 worlds. After having waited 6 years now something Smart from Palm I bought last year a Nokia N91 perfect but not touch... so as Palm is mocking Apple, I will rush back to the new Nokia N97

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by no way | Apr 14, 2009 6:45:42 PM

still buggy and half-baked

Pre will be joining Foleo very soon

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by Lew B | Apr 14, 2009 9:55:07 PM

I've been holding on to my Treo 680 while all my iphone owning friends around me show off their phone's speed and dexterity on the internet. Just when I think that Palm has answered the iphone challenge, what carrier is chosen for the Pre? Sprint! I'm in Europe quite frequently, so I guess that Palm wants me to go to the iphone. Thanks a lot Palm.

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by dp | Apr 15, 2009 4:18:06 PM

"by no way", do have a pre? If not, what are your comments based on?

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by jerry | Apr 15, 2009 4:40:20 PM

I'm down with the Pre. It's got the nice hardware accelerated display like the iPhone without requiring me to give up common things I've been using for years (like a real keyboard, cheap Sprint data plan, tethering, Exchange sync, multitasking, etc.)

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by mike | Apr 15, 2009 9:31:03 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRnlzbuLRwM

great video to check out. keyboard is not necessary for taking pictures. Also, get to see how phone calls come in, which I have not seen in any other vids. Enjoy

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by Cyndi | Apr 16, 2009 9:23:12 PM

Will the palm pre have the beaming capabilities?

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by SNSD2B | Apr 19, 2009 11:45:26 AM

does anyone know if the pre will have the stylus? I'll need to capture signatures for one of my business programs.

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by palm pre | Apr 20, 2009 1:31:02 PM

No stylus !

Let's hope that this mystery about the date will help Palm and not disappoint the customers...

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by Liberty For ALL! | Apr 22, 2009 5:00:20 PM

If the Pre doesn't launch with Direct Connect STANDARD, then Sprint will have missed one of its biggest opportunities to differentiate the Pre apart from also offering Wi-Max on it...

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by Liberty For ALL! | Apr 22, 2009 5:20:32 PM

I believe Apple is hiding some iPhone 3.0 improvements until the last minute -- more along the lines of productivity and UI stuff, based on their patent filings, just the same way they haven't shown everything yet for Mac OS X 10.6...

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by Den DiMarco | Apr 24, 2009 6:56:22 AM

I spoke with a Sprint help desk person two days ago about my bill.

During the conversation he pointed out I was eligible for $150 off a phone upgrade (from my Treo 650.) I asked if that pertained to the Pre and he said yes. I said I didn't want to prepay for a phone that wouldn't be coming out until July. He then said the Pre would be available in June.

Just thought I'd pass that along.

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by peter | Apr 25, 2009 10:02:00 PM

So Pre can't sync with stand alone outlook? Decisoins like this to wipe out half the target market prior to launch shows palm is still focused on self destruction

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by Targon | Apr 28, 2009 8:10:23 AM

At this point, I don't think anyone knows how the sync process will work. The idea of cloud computing and connecting to data through the net is a nice idea, but when it comes to how you sync, who knows what will happen. The idea of being able to charge without physically plugging in a cable is great, and that will be very popular.

If there is an application on our computers that we can use to sync "through the cloud", that would do the job as well, though I would prefer a direct Pre to computer method, just for security reasons.

When it comes to Outlook, has ANYONE seen any details on how we can/will sync?

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by Treo Junky | Apr 28, 2009 10:30:33 AM

I have found that Google calendar syncs my office Outlook relatively painlessly; I then sync it with my iCal on my personal MacBook, where I use my sync cable to sync with my Verizon 755p. (I know it's a 'round about way, but it works!)

The only drawback is that your tasks do not seem to come over to your device(at least not yet). The best thing is that it's FREE!!

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by Bebek bakımı | Apr 30, 2009 1:47:32 PM

Grat video there...ı like it.

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by Toplu Konut | Apr 30, 2009 1:48:01 PM

The idea of cloud computing and connecting to data through the net is a nice idea

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