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Official: Palm Pre Launches 6 June

Gordon Kelly


Official: Palm Pre Launches 6 June

The cat may have long since been out the bag, off down the path, through the cat flap and back on the couch with a saucer of milk but now it's official: the Palm Pre launch is 6 June.

Exclusive US carrier Sprint has today confirmed the news adding that along with its own stores, branches of Best Buy, Radio Shack and select Wal-Mart outlets will offer the much drooled over handset. Being US and therefore one of the few technology areas where we Brits get a better deal, customers will have to shell out $199.99 on top of a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Ouch.

"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," said Sprint CEO and president Dan Hesse. "With Pre, compromises of the past are history." Interestingly, while the US version of the phone was originally meant to be EDGE only Sprint has confirmed - in rather marketing heavy talk - that the "Palm Pre will run on America's most dependable 3G network".

Since I've already done an extensive Palm Pre first impressions review I'm not going to wade through that all again here (safe to say, it's mind blowing) but interested customers will need to take into account the sexy 'Touchstone' inductive charging dock is an optional extra - a $69.99 extra no less.

So with the Pre confirmed for one side of the Atlantic one thing remains to be said: Hey Palm! What about over here...?!

Note: Yep, that is me holding the Pre following its January CES announcement


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m memmory

May 19, 2009, 8:27 pm

Come on Palm ...release over here!! My contract is nearly up and I'm pretty much set that this is the next phone that I want.


May 19, 2009, 9:35 pm

The keyboard is a big deal for me. I tried the iPhones' keyboard in Rogers and I kept making errors. So this is at the top of my shortlist. Either this or the next BlackBerry Storm.


May 19, 2009, 9:38 pm

@Ohmz - iPhone typing is a skill all of its own. Takes a good week before you're up to (and in my case, surpassing) the speed typing on a BlackBerry. Not surprised it didn't work out. The Pre should be the answer for those still cautious.

Lon Bailey

May 19, 2009, 9:40 pm

echoing m_memmory - bring it over here, Palm! My Orange contract is about to finish and my Palm TX buttons are almost falling off....


May 19, 2009, 9:56 pm

no way, its all about the new iPhone. Never have i been so satisfied with the usability of a phone. It is just an amazing device that is so easy to use and so easy to upgrade to the next version without even batting an eyelid, and the value will still hold up for the iPhone 3G once the new one comes out so i will be able to make a nice tidy sum, as i did with my original iPhone when i sold it on eBay for £250!


May 19, 2009, 9:57 pm

Been holding off for ages for one of these. Come on Palm!


May 19, 2009, 10:28 pm

@Jai: I don't think I've met anyone who isn't satisfied with their iPhone - as they should, it's a fantastic device. However, the Pre includes a number of features that the iPhone lacks, even after the latter's 3.0 update. To some people, those differences make all the difference.

Personally, I'll reserve judgement until both are released.


May 19, 2009, 10:48 pm

Gave up waiting for the Pre and picked up a handset only Magic. Android's maturing nicely. I'll consider the Pre again next year..

Tarik Bos

May 19, 2009, 11:36 pm

doesn't that sound a bit expensive... i guess it would be on the most expensive contract too. so what i have to do: 1. wait for it to get over here. 2 wait for it to get cheaper. 3. buy it.


May 19, 2009, 11:48 pm

@Tarik - if you're in the UK I'm sure it will be cheaper than that. This is US pricing which - for handsets at least - is always higher.


May 20, 2009, 7:08 am

i don't know why but the pre doesn't excite me half as much as android. will have to wait for the TR review.

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