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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!