Sprint Posts a Palm Pre Teaser Page

Palm Pre SprintWasting no time after the announcement of Palm's next-gen hardware and software, Sprint has posted a teaser page showing the Palm Pre in all of its keyboard-exposed glory. While the device is still undergoing certification and final testing, as stated by Ed Colligan earlier today at Palm's event, they claim to be doing everything in their power to bring this highly-anticipated device to market "as soon as possible" within the first half of 2009. Sprint has a handful of key specs, including the amusing bullet point of a "A wicked-smart OS" as well as a sign-up form to receive advance notification of the device's release date. Palm has also put up a similar page and details on its own site as well.

Sprint is going to be the exclusive carrier partner for the Palm Pre, a full EVDO Rev. A device with full 802.11b/g and GPS capability and 8GB of integrated storage. While no mention was made during today's presentation about any future carrier partners for the Pre, Palm's full text press release on their web site does make mention of a version of the Pre with a HSDPA/UMTS radio onboard, suggesting that a GSM variant of the device is coming in the future, presumably once Sprint's period of initial exclusivity has lapsed, as we saw last year with Palm's GSM Centro following Sprint's model by a period of four months.

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Teaser Vid

robitaille88 @ 1/8/2009 2:35:51 PM # Q
Palm's also released its first teaser vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JiB6lkLwjY

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mikecane @ 1/9/2009 7:19:36 AM # Q
Wow, that's an impressive vid!

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On A US GSM Carrier?

LiveFaith @ 1/8/2009 5:11:56 PM # Q
engadget indicates that the press release is saying UMTS, in ''other'' areas from Sprint. Does that mean now or never? This indicates no US GSM/HSPDA carrier and / or unlocked Pres.

Any info on this?

Pat Horne

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Why a thumboard?

gulmatan @ 1/8/2009 11:03:58 PM # Q
Hi all,

Yes this looks exciting but, I wonder, if Palm is going for a technically foward device, why incorporate a thumboard instead of incorporating a cutting-edge virtual keyboard?

Sharp Wizard 6500> Palm m500> m515> Tungsten T> Zire 71> T|E> T|X

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Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?

mikecane @ 1/9/2009 7:20:43 AM # Q
Which is faster? AT&T 3G or Sprint EVDO Rev A?

What's the cost of each plan for iPhone vs Pre each month?

RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
Gekko @ 1/9/2009 7:40:43 AM # Q

1. Sprint is fastest.
2. AT&T costs 50% more per month.

The Definitive Coast-to-Coast 3G Data Test
By Wilson Rothman, 1:00 PM on Wed Dec 17 2008, 92,135 views

Download Performance
As far as download performance goes, Sprint won overall, beating AT&T five cities to three, and handily beating Verizon in four cities while losing close contests in four more. To round it out, Verizon beat AT&T in four cities, tied in one, and lost in three.

These results aren't so random when you plot them on the map. Besides proving that Sprint is a serious contender in almost any location—and should be taken seriously as a 3G and 4G data service provider, no matter what your feelings are about its basic phone service—we have confirmed what we thought, that the regional Bell heavies (and the former GTE) hold their own where their real estate holdings are most vast.

AT&T had troubles in the Northeast and Chicago, but down the coast in Raleigh and over in Austin, it's probably no surprise that the southern Bell conglomerate came out victorious. On the West Coast, it was a toss-up except in Portland, where Verizon couldn't quite keep it together.


RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
mikecane @ 1/9/2009 8:10:45 AM # Q
Give me dollar figures. Talking money makes you hot, I know. Not that I want to do that to you.

RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
Gekko @ 1/9/2009 8:18:10 AM # Q

dude - just go to each site and build comparable plans. i don't know what kind of plan you want in terms of minutes/text etc.


www.att.com (choose iphone first)

the minimum iphone at&t plan is $69/month for 450 voice minutes, unlimited data, and NO texts.

i pay $99/month for unlimited EVERYTHING (voice/data/text/gps/basic sprint tv) with sprint. that same plan on verizon and at&t is $150+/month.

RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
Gekko @ 1/9/2009 8:19:23 AM # Q

p.s. scrap your landline and put that money towards an unlimited cellular plan!

RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
mikecane @ 1/9/2009 8:24:52 AM # Q
$99/mo unlimited sounds good. Tx.

RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
Gekko @ 1/9/2009 8:58:37 AM # Q
RE: Gekko: AT&T vs Sprint?
sremick @ 1/12/2009 12:14:15 PM # Q
"p.s. scrap your landline and put that money towards an unlimited cellular plan!"

Perhaps an option for those who live in an urban area, but cell signals don't reach everywhere. Certainly not Sprint's, who infamous for having the WORSE reception in my entire state of all national carriers.

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