Palm Pre has a date: June 6; Price: $199.99; A 'crossover' device?

Palm Pre has a date: June 6; Price: $199.99; A 'crossover' device?

Summary: Sprint Nextel and Palm have made it official: The Pre is landing June 6. The highly anticipated phone will be available in Sprint Stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and a few Wal-Marts for $199.

TOPICS: Telcos, Mobility

Sprint Nextel and Palm have made it official: The Pre is landing June 6. 

The highly anticipated phone will be available in Sprint Stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and a few Wal-Marts for $199.99 with a two year contract. That price includes a $100 rebate, according to a Sprint statement and Palm blog post

In a research note, JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster said that Palm had to go with the $199 price for the Pre. He also expects a Pre launch that slowly builds because Palm's balance sheet doesn't support an aggressive launch. Coster wrote:

The $199 price point was absolutely necessary, in our view, to go head to head with RIM and Apple. We believe PALM will execute a "soft launch," meaning that it will ramp slowly. The balance sheet does not support a very aggressive ramp. We believe less than 500K units will ship in the first month, and there could be reports of stock outs (adding to the buzz).

Simply put, if you want the Pre you'll need to get one early.

Rumors had been circulating that the Pre's launch date would come just before the June 8-12 Apple WWDC conference, which will tout the iPhone 3.0 software. As noted by Andrew Nusca, it will be quite the summer for smartphones

The Palm home page says it all:

To say there is a lot riding on the Pre launch would be an understatement. For Palm, the Pre represents the future of the company. Palm has been burning cash as it waits for the Pre to launch. Meanwhile, the Pre represents the platform for Palm's future. Pre's Web OS is software future Palm devices will be built on

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For Sprint, the carrier is hoping the Pre is its equivalent of the iPhone, an exclusive device that breeds loyal customers that stay with the carrier. Sprint has the second highest churn rate among major carriers, just behind T-Mobile.

As noted in a Forrester report, Pre is staking out a middle ground between utility and entertainment. Sprint's statement didn't discount that notion. The carrier pitched the Pre as being a consolidation device---one smartphone that can do it all. Sprint also called the Pre a "crossover" device.

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.

The well-known Pre features being touted include:

  • Palm's activity cards approach to organizing tasks;
  • The ability to organize data and conversations;
  • Combined messaging;
  • And universal search.

It remains to be seen if Pre's crossover messaging proves to be a selling point in the future. 

Topics: Telcos, Mobility

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  • Good luck, they'll need it...

    It ain't no iPhone, and never will be an iPhone. No AppStore, iTunes or iPod and limited to what it comes with. Why would I buy one of these when I can buy an iPhone for the same price? Doh!
    • You sure it doesn't?

      "It ain't no iPhone, and never will be an iPhone."

      And the iPhone ain't the Pre and never will be a Pre.

      "No AppStore, iTunes or iPod"

      Both Palm and some third party websites are already selling software for PalmOS. They can just start adding WebOS applications as they come out. So yes, it'll have some equivalent of an AppStore.

      Yes, it will play MP3s. Yes, it is very likely it'll be able to sync with an existing music management application. It'll likely sync with Windows Media Player.

      In fact, I actually wouldn't be surprised if they made it compatible with iTunes. Or if some third party application developer created an app to sync with iTunes.

      "and limited to what it comes with"

      Completely and utterly false. It has an open development model, allowing developers to create new applications for it, and yes you will be able to install new applications on it. In addition, one company has already created a Palm emulator for it, so it'll run all of your old applications from the original PalmOS on it.

      Maybe it wont have the EXACT "AppStore, iTunes or iPod" - but it will certainly have its own equivalents for all of them.
      • and....

        It will have cut and paste, a keyboard, replaceable battery as well as multi-tasking straight out of the box...Thank Goodness it isn't an iPhone!
        • Agree. I am NOT an iSheep (nt)

          • to get iShocked...

          • Why? Because...

            ...because you want a different feature set. homer, sit down.
    • I don't miss not having an iPhone

      As a Treo customer, I like my physical keyboard, and I like multitasking, and Palm's hardware is always good and has been since the Palm Pilot. Sprint's EV-DO network reaches more places I travel to (Southern Oregon) than AT&T's does. Finally I have had NO problems with Sprint's customer service, and they even credited me a $75 mistake because just last month (my wife's phone was somehow constantly downloading firmware updates even though she never consciously did any web browsing) I've been their customer for 2 years and not ashamed to say that.

      The iPhone is impressive, and stylish, but AT&T isn't getting my (or my wife's) money anytime soon. I also don't like Apple's pro-censorship attitude with the iTunes store, which is their right, but it's a reason not to use it.
      • Well said. In general......

        Give me value for money, respect my rights and desire for independence in thought and action, treat me as an important customer and not as a parasitic host, and I may be your customer for a long time. I don't care about fads, cool or hip. I do care about functionality, flexibility, quality, value and fit to my specific needs. Apple fails to meet some of my most fundamental requirements and I am therefore not an Apple customer.
        • So what you're saying is...

          If you're a pervert, the iPhone isn't for you.
          • Your intellect is simply overwhelming

            Why don't you crawl back under your rock.
          • Actually, I would imagine that the iPhone

            is the [i]perfect[/i] phone for perverts.
            They can use all of the functionality of the phone to assist in their perveted undertakings.

            They can even download the "baby shaker" app for those slow days.

            So what you are saying is that if you are not a pervert, the Palm Pre is the device for you?
          • this doesn't even make sense (nt)

          • you must be right

            that of course is the only form that censorship has ever taken. Or wait. They also denied an update from Nine Inch Nails for their application because of an albums lyrical content. I am glad you just like to troll and not know anything. you are dumb.
          • black kettle

            iTunes is happy selling the album that Reznor made reference to in the app that was rejected for indecency.
        • Value may be something else

          Show me a phone that cannot be used by the driver of a moving vehicle and I'll call that a value.
      • Double Negative

        "I don't miss not having an iPhone" is a double negative. Cancel out the
        negatives and what you are saying is "I miss having an iPhone." Freudian
        • Yeah, that IS a double-negative

          "I don't miss having an iphone"-yeah, that's probably the correct statement.

          I did not have my green tea until after I wrote the comment and it shows.
    • It ain't no iPhone, and never will be an iPhone.

      Agreed. But, why do you say that as if it were a bad thing?
      Ex Dementio Scientia
    • "Why would I buy one of these...?"

      Maybe because I don't have or want to have AT&T? iPhone locked me out with that decision.

      What it comes down to is: which drives the purchase, the phone or the carrier? I'd love to have Android but T-Mobile is not available where I live. Hell, Verizon just recently became available here. So for many of us, we have a carrier we like (I have no problem with Sprint) and we want a cool phone to go with it.
      big red one
      • At least iPhone could be hacked to work with other GSM carriers...

        Don't get me wrong, I'm not an iPhone fan (I don't have one and have no desire to), but part of the appeal for many was that it was GSM. I bought a few and sent overseas for use in Europe, before it was even available there, because it could be hacked and worked with the GSM carriers over there.

        I have Sprint, and the Pre certainly seems interesting. But a nagging irritation has always been the fact that Sprint is not GSM. I think in the case of more advanced phones like the Pre, that could be a limiting factor.

        We'll see, I guess. I wish Sprint and Palm have a success on their hands, it would only benefit me as a Sprint subscriber whether I get one or not I think. :)