Palm Pre True Price Plan Comparison
Unlimited Voice, Data, Messaging Plan Costs Comparison For Sprint Palm Pre Reveals Over $1,000 Savings
Now that the cat is out of the bag (so to speak) and the actual launch date of the Sprint Palm Pre is officially set for Saturday, June 6th we’re naturally seeing a lot of wheels setting in motion and more details becoming available.
One of the more interesting bits of information that was revealed in Sprint’s press release yesterday were details of the cost savings that the carrier’s Simply Everything Plan offers compared to others – Sprint claims “plans that offer savings of up to $1,430 over two years vs. comparable AT&T and Verizon plans for smartphones and PDAs”.
Sprint Palm Pre Unlimited Plans Price Comparison
As you can see above, I’ve now done my own bit of research comparing Sprint’s Simply Everything price plan to similar Unlimited offerings for AT&T’s iPhone 3G and Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm – a comparison that reveals savings of up to $1,300 with the Sprint Palm Pre over two years (NOT pocket change at any time and particularly not in these economic times…).
It’s true that rumours abound that AT&T may reduce the cost of its Unlimited Data plan from $30 to $20 per month but this would still set the total cost of the iPhone 3G at $960 above that of the Sprint Palm Pre…
I don’t know about you but considering that I will likely buy pretty much all available Palm Pre accessories when they’re released (spending upwards of $250 in the process) this would _still_ leave me some $700 in pocket change compared to the iPhone 3G…
Sprint Simply Everything Plan Details ($99.99 per month)
Includes Unlimited Voice, Data and Messaging as well as:
- Sprint Navigation: Unlimited maps, turn-by-turn directions and more.
- Sprint Mobile Email: Access multiple personal email accounts in a single application on featured phones. Providers include: AOL, Windows Live (including MSN/Hotmail), Yahoo! and Gmail.
- Sprint Mobile Email Work: Access to corporate email on feature phones (non PDA devices) through Outlook Web Access (OWA) or a desktop redirector. If your company uses Lotus Notes Domino, you can obtain access to that email on your phone through redirector software that can be downloaded and then direct mailed to your phone.
Receive corporate email on Microsoft ExchangeSM 2000, 2003 and 2007 and on Lotus NotesSM Domino versions 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0 through a desktop redirector software.
- Music Premier: Take your music with you and use your phone as an MP3 player and radio. Enjoy streaming radio channels, featured local radio stations from across the country and 99¢ wireless music downloads. (For the full radio line-up, visit sprint.com/radio.)
- TV Premier: Watch shows, sports, news, movies and more, choose from: exclusive content, short clips or full-length episodes. For the full line-up, visit sprint.com/tvguide.
- Messaging: Unlimited nationwide, text, picture and video messages to anyone on any network.
- Direct Connect and Group Connect: Unlimited instant connections, nationwide and at the push of a button. Group Connect is limited to 20 participants on the same network.
- Mobile to Mobile: Only available for calls directly between Sprint phones and/or most Nextel phones (not through Voicemail, 411 or other indirect methods). Not available where a Sprint phone is roaming/off the Sprint National Network.
- Phone as modem or tethering: not included.
Palm Pre Smartphone Price
We already know that the price of the Palm Pre after rebate and two year agreement is set at $199.99 but what about those people looking to buy one Off Contract? Well, thanks to an online chat with a Sprint Agent we find out that the price with no subsidies at all is set at $549.99.
Specifically the Palm Pre price is broken down as follows:
Full Retail Price - $549.99
2 Year Contract Rebate - $150.00
Instant Rebate - $100.00
Mail-In Rebate (MIR) - $100.00
Final Price - $199.99
Also, existing Sprint customers are eligible for a New Equipment Upgrade Discount (in lieu of the Contract Rebate) set at $75 for one year and $150 for two years. Sprint Premier customers can get the full $150 after 12 months. However, I’m not yet sure if the Instant Rebate and Mail-In Rebate will apply to existing customers.
[UPDATE] Best Buy has just announced that it will also begin selling the Palm Pre on June 6th and more importantly that the (annoying) Mail-In Rebate will be instantly deducted at the register in store thus conveniently saving you the aggravation of having to send this yourself – pretty cool.
Leaving aside the fact that I still consider that paying up to $1,200 per year (price plan with Sprint) for a smartphone is quite a huge chunk of money (let alone $1,800 per year with AT&T) the fact is nonetheless that at this time it appears that the Palm Pre will have a rather enticing price advantage ($960+) over its closest competing devices – something that may explain why a Barclays Capital analyst today suggested that Palm’s sales for this year could top $2.0 Billion…
Comments made by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse yesterday also suggest that there is already a HUGE organic demand for the Palm Pre – something that he stated will likely mean that “we are going to have shortages [of the device] for a while” and “We won’t be able to keep up with demand in the early period of time.”
While I’m pretty much guaranteed to have a Palm Pre in my hands within the next two weeks it looks like you should make sure to visit a Sprint Store early on Saturday, June 6th if you’d also like to be among the first to own a piece of the future… Are you ready?
Preonauts are always ahead of their time…