Sprint Palm Pre In Stores June 6 !!!
Official Sprint Announcement Today Confirms Palm Pre Launch Saturday, June 6 Price At Competitive $199.99
Palm and Sprint today announced the official release date and pricing for the Palm Pre – Saturday, June 6th and $199.99 (after $100 rebate and service agreement) – and will be available to buy at Sprint Stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and a few Wal-Mart stores.
Interestingly, the launch date of the Palm Pre will be just two days before Apple’s WWDC Conference taking place June 8–12 where it is anticipated that the company will showcase the new 3.0 software for its iPhone as well as possibly announce new iPhone models (see Palm Pre vs. iPhone Comparison). At the same time we can expect a rather heated “smartphone summer” not only with Apple but also more BlackBerry releases anticipated.
Unlike most wireless devices today which can only handle one open application at a time (such as the iPhone), the Palm Pre delivers best-in-class multitasking capabilities. Sprint’s press release further emphasizes that:
“For those who juggle life circa 2009 – bouncing from conference call to car pool schedule, from doctors’ numbers to doctoral thesis data, from social calendars to social networking – Pre marks a new wireless crossover standard. Before Pre, you had to compromise when selecting a wireless phone. To get the business features you needed, you had to sacrifice the personal entertainment features you wanted. Pre consolidates your important information – professional, social and personal – into one revolutionary device using an operating system that redefines the experience of living and working wirelessly.”
Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint also adds “The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over. With Pre, compromises of the past are history.”
Sprint is also emphasizing value stating that “with Sprint’s industry-leading, value-oriented Everything Data plans that offer savings of up to $1,430 over two years vs. comparable AT&T and Verizon plans for smartphones and PDAs.
A couple of mobile analysts have also come out with very positive views on the Palm Pre. Avi Greenart, research director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis says that “The Pre has been expressly designed for multitasking among multiple web pages and applications” while Andy Castonguay, director of Mobile & Access Devices Research, Yankee Group says that "The Pre's dynamic 'activity cards' approach to handling and navigating multiple applications is a great advance, but the core breakthrough is the integration of information across multiple applications on and off the phone.”
Thanks to the new webOS platform, the Palm Pre also introduces Palm Synergy, a key feature that brings together your personal and professional calendar, contacts and e-mail into one centralized view, making transitions between work and personal life smooth and easy to manage.
With Palm Synergy, users get:
Pricing and Availability
The Palm Pre will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement on an Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. An array of compelling Palm Pre accessories will also be available including the Palm Touchstone charging dock. The Touchstone Charging Kit, which includes the Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover for Pre, will be available June 6 for $69.99. The Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover also are available separately from for $49.99 and $19.99, respectively.
Overall though, this Palm and Sprint announcement still leaves many unanswered questions. For example, we still don’t have the full specifications of the Palm Pre – particularly its battery life – nor the list of pre-installed applications that it will have (such as Pandora, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook and many more). Additionally, further questions remain about its “over-the-air” sync capabilities as well as the mechanics of its App Store.
Having said this, for now at least I’m absolutely delighted about both the release date and the price – I simply can’t wait to finally have a Palm Pre in my hands…
Preonauts are ready to launch!