Pre Pricing and Release Date Announced
The moment that avid Palm-watchers everywhere have been anticipating since January 8th is finally here. The official Sprint press release has just arrived, revealing final Pre pricing and availability information.
Saturday, June 6th is the confirmed nationwide release date, so Palm and Sprint are definitely looking to steal some of Apple's WWDC thunder. The Palm Pre will cost $199.99 with a with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
As we reported earlier Best Buy will definitely be on board for the Pre's launch but not on a "trial" basis as previously rumored. In addition to Best Buy, the Pre will be available in Sprint retail stores, Radio Shack and "select" Wal-Mart stores.
"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 Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint. "With Pre, compromises of the past are history."
In addition, the Touchstone inductive charging dock availability and pricing situation is finally clarified. The Touchstone kit, comprised of the dock and a battery door, will be available for $69.99. These components will also be available individually for $50 and $20, respectively. Touchstone availability will coincide with the availability of the Pre itself.
"The Palm Pre takes full advantage of Sprint's Everything Data plans," said Avi Greengart, research director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis. "The Pre has been expressly designed for multitasking among multiple web pages and applications. It also builds on Palm's heritage in PDAs by managing your digital information – whether that's on a corporate server or on the web."
"The Pre's dynamic 'activity cards' approach to handling and navigating multiple applications is a great advance, but the core breakthrough is the integration of information across multiple applications on and off the phone," said Andy Castonguay, director of Mobile & Access Devices Research, Yankee Group. "With social networking and messaging being so important to consumers, the device's new ‘Palm Synergy' functionality – which gives Pre the ability to automatically pull friends' contact details, messaging addresses and personal calendars from different applications online and on the phone – will greatly simplify people's ability to communicate with their friends and colleagues the way they want."
The Palm Pre phone will be available exclusively from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement on an Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. There is currently no word on pricing for customers who wish to purchase without a contract.