Verizon Palm Pre + AT&T Palm Pre Coming 2010
Palm Pre For Verizon and AT&T Coming Next Year According To Carrier CEO’s
Sprint must clearly be doing something right as all of a sudden the Palm Pre appears to have become the talk of the town with the CEO’s of the two largest US wireless carriers showing clear signs of envy basically stating they also want to have the Palm Pre.
On the one hand AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson last week mentioned that he sees his company selling the Palm Pre after the exclusive arrangement with Sprint expires at the end of this year (see Palm Pre is a Sprint Exclusive for 2009). A day later, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam also stated during a conference webcast that over the next six months you will see devices like Palm Pre on his network.
Given the fact that Sprint is the exclusive Palm Pre carrier for all of this year the soonest that you can expect either Verizon or AT&T to begin selling it will be January 2010.
As the Pre gets ready to launch this Saturday, June 6th (just a few short days away) many people enticed by this smartphone (without a doubt the closest to match the capabilities of the iPhone with the added benefit of a physical keyboard and a removable battery + many other new features) will have to decide whether it’s worthwhile switching to Sprint in order to get their hands on one.
Aside from the simple fact that Sprint will be the only carrier where you can actually get a Pre, the two greatest benefits that Sprint will offer prospective owners in my opinion are 1) an extremely solid 3G wireless network and 2) extremely competitive price plans combining voice, data and messaging (particularly when compared to the AT&T iPhone and Verizon Storm price plans).
Considering that the overall Palm Pre experience is greatly dependent on wireless data connectivity, Sprint’s robust 3G network is clearly a plus. At the same time, when you consider that you may be able to save more than $950 with Sprint’s Simply Everything plan (Unlimited voice, data, messaging) there are some rather strong financial reasons to consider switching as well.
Having said all this, the key factor influencing the purchase of a Palm Pre will ultimately be determined by just how good this smartphone proves to be – you’ll be able to find out here what I think of it in just a couple of days…
Preonauts are ready to launch…