Sprint Already Training Employees on the Pre?
Rumor: A new report on electronista claims that Sprint employees have already begun their advance training on usage and selling techniques for the new Palm Pre. The story is apparently supported by some Twitter posts of a Yahoo employee. According the report, unnamed Sprint employees have revealed that the Pre is now expected to arrive in-store in June, making for an arrival on the absolute tail end of the 1H '09 release window mentioned by Palm the Pre's CES launch earlier this month.
The article also goes on to note the historical refresh history of the Pre's chief competition, Apple's iPhone, which launched in June 2007 and received its 3G update in July of last year. Presumably Palm and Sprint would only have a brief window of opportunity to aggressively push the Pre against the current iPhone 3G before Apple counters with their device's 3rd-generation release, assuming the simmering legal war of words does not pick up enough steam to encumber Palm's anticipated Pre release date.
So assuming this and the latest rumors are correct, Palm's 2009 release schedule will have the Windows Mobile-powered Treo Pro arriving at Sprint stores on or around February 15th, with the Pre arriving sometime in June.
Also, as a very minor yet interesting update to last friday's story, an e-mail from a Sprint retail store rep has been posted to the TreoCentral forums. The e-mail confirms the Treo Pro's delay until February 15th and indicates that the release date was delayed by Palm and not by Sprint. The e-mail then states that a "patch" would be available at launch and "There were no details as to why".