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Palm Pre Launching on June 6 for $199

Ever since the Pre launched at CES, people have been talking about the smartphone that’s finally going to give the iPhone a run for its money. Palm said we’d see the device in the first half of 2009 and with June fast approaching, the company’s deadline was just around the corner.

Today Sprint announced that the Pre will launch on Saturday, June 6 - just a couple of days before Apple’s WWDC is scheduled to start - and with a price tag of just $199, it’s definitely going to provide some stiff competition for the iPhone. However, there is a catch. That $199 is the price after a hundred dollar mail-in rebate.

Sprint this morning announced that the Pre will be available nationwide on June 6 in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, selected Wal-Mart locations and online at Sprint.com for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Taking a swipe at the iPhone and AT&T, Sprint goes on to say that the Palm Pre will come with the network’s Everything Data plans which offer savings of up to $1,430 over two years compared to similar PDA/Smartphone plans from AT&T and Verizon.

WWDC has long been the rumored date for the release of as many as three new iPhones, however now that Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs will not be making his usual “Stevenote” speech at the conference, analysts believe Apple is more likely to have a separate event for the the new iPhones later on in June when Steve is back at work.

The iPhone launched exclusively with AT&T two years ago and all those users who signed up for the original 2G iPhone will soon be free of their contractual shackles. Any old iPhoners out there planning to ditch AT&T for Sprint? Let us know!

  • tenor77
    I've been pre-ing all my life, why should I pay money for that?
    Wait did I say that out loud?

    The phone looks killer but I hate mail-in rebates. Here's to hoping it kicks the iPhone's ass.
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  • theuerkorn
    I used to be Palm fan, but the last few years were painful to watch as the innovation fizzled quickly and was virtually absent for at least 2 years. I seriously don't trust they will gather the support the iPhone has. Software is what makes it useful, and the old Palm had lots of useful stuff. The new OS looks nice, but resets the available Apps as well. Good start, but unfortunately way too late!
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  • theuerkorn
    I used to be Palm fan, but the last few years were painful to watch as the innovation fizzled quickly and was virtually absent for at least 2 years. I seriously don't trust they will gather the support the iPhone has. Software is what makes it useful, and the old Palm had lots of useful stuff. The new OS looks nice, but resets the available Apps as well. Good start, but unfortunately way too late!

    And yes, now I am in the iPhone camp and looking forward to v3.0, but as it seems the only concern that's not addressed with the new OS is the lack of a usable Organizer (ToDo, Calendar and Contacts integrated).
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  • i highly doubt it comes with the data plan if it did I'd be all over it but there is little to no mention on the web.
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  • dman3k
    1) Places like Radio Shack offered instant $100-off rebates for the Samsung Instinct, and I don't think it'll be any different for the Palm Pre.

    2) iPhone has got competition, and I think that's a good thing.

    3) ATT's iPhone plan is friggin' ridiculous. Sprint's customer service is inept. Pick your poison.
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  • FlayerSlayer
    theuerkornSoftware is what makes it useful, and the old Palm had lots of useful stuff. The new OS looks nice, but resets the available Apps as well. Good start, but unfortunately way too late!Not true, actually. At launch, the Pre comes with an old Garnet PalmOS emulator, so you can still run most older Palm applications, even complete with an emulated button bar at the bottom for 5-way navigation.

    Meanwhile, though I'm leaning towards iPhone if the Pre doesn't work out, I want a hard keyboard (I hate on-screen keys), I want multitasking, and I have a strong aversion to iTunes. I'll be getting my hands on a Pre in-store before deciding if I will buy one, and iPhone is my backup plan, but it does have features I want.
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  • FlayerSlayer
    tofuci highly doubt it comes with the data plan if it did I'd be all over it but there is little to no mention on the web. You have to buy at a minimum a $70 plan to use the Pre. It requires a data plan to even activate the device, so you may not buy voice-only for the Pre.

    dman3kATT's iPhone plan is friggin' ridiculous. Sprint's customer service is inept. Pick your poison.I've actually had good luck with Sprint service. Twice now I've used online chat with Sprint to discuss my bill, and both times they made changes without hassling me. One time I had a technical problem, and that too was solved over the course of 15 minutes on the phone. I even get better signal (more bars) than my friend with AT&T. I'm all for hating Sprint like everyone else does, but sadly, they've actually been good to me.
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  • dman3k
    tofuci highly doubt it comes with the data plan if it did I'd be all over it but there is little to no mention on the web.Sprint's Everything Plan is $99 for unlimited minutes, data, text, and includes features like GPS and SprintTV. Sprint's Everything Data Plan for $69 includes everything in the Everything Plan except, instead of unlimited minutes, you have 450. The ATT equivalent of the plan is $97 for Everything Data, $28 difference... You might as well switch to Sprint with the Everything Plan for $99.

    However, Sprint also has a referral program that gives you a $10 discount.
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  • rexoverbey
    The clamshell look, small screen, Java based games, tiny button keyboard, being on sprint, $100 more than iPhone up front, the iPhone 2009 coming a few days later with better specs, lack of apps initially, unproven OS, unproven reliability, won't compare to app store or itunes, Palm going almost bankrupt so enjoy your warranty a year down the road, unproven screen, futurue lawsuit with apple.....

    who would want this thing?
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  • FlayerSlayer
    rexoverbeyThe clamshell look, small screen, Java based games, tiny button keyboard, being on sprint, $100 more than iPhone up front, the iPhone 2009 coming a few days later with better specs, lack of apps initially, unproven OS, unproven reliability, won't compare to app store or itunes, Palm going almost bankrupt so enjoy your warranty a year down the road, unproven screen, futurue lawsuit with apple.....who would want this thing?I think that's a matter of opinion. Who would want an iPhone when they first came out, with unproven reliability, being shackled to AT&T, not having Copy/Paste, lack of apps initially, a ton of other competing phones on the market with longer track records, no keyboard, and an boxy form factor? You're arguing largely that it's unproven. So, no one should buy anything if the competing product is already out?

    But there are differences in features. The Pre is designed to fit better in your hand (rounded instead of rectangular), designed for people that like physical keys (like me), is a new web-centric model (time will tell if that works), and is there for people that just don't WANT an Apple product (those people do exist). And remember, this is the Pre 1.0. The next Pre is out later this year, and soon may be a parity with Apple's phone. Or it may die like the PS3. Who knows? But it's a valid product for people who want some competition in the market.
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