When is the Palm Pre being released?

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Dick is a real expert in SmartPhones and has lots of information if you are trying to decide. I've been a die hard Palm fan and think the Pre may be for me!!!

What about you?

Original content by Dick Betts

That is the number question hitting my email box!  I have wrote about the Pre, excited about the Pre, read everything I can find about the Pre, been on shows about the Pre and you know what?  I don't know.  Just last week I got an email from Sprint teasing us with information about the Pre, but no release date.

So I go to Google as I do almost daily trying to get any piece of information about release date.  Recently Sprint CEO Dan Hesse sat down for an interview with RCR Wireless.  Here's a part of his interview;

RCR: Speaking of handset selection, let's talk about the Palm Pre. How long will Sprint Nextel have exclusivity on the new device?

Hesse: We haven't commented on how long the exclusivity period lasts. Palm and Sprint have agreed that we won't comment on that.

RCR: Is there a scheduled release date?

Hesse: We haven't announced that. The plan of both companies is to have [Palm Pre] on the market in the first half of the year. Obviously when you're bringing out a new device with this level of sophistication and functionality there's a lot of work required.

The guys at Palm are working 24/7 and we're working 24/7 to bring it out as soon as we can, but we're not going to bring it out until we're really confident that the launch is going to be really successful in terms of how it operates. Of course to be able to produce the devices we want to make sure that there's enough. Clearly it's going to be a device that's going to be in high demand and it is going to be in shortage no matter when we launch it, but we don't want it to be too early where there's only a handful of Pres in the whole country.

We want to make sure that we can also have production ramped up at a reasonable level before we launch the product. There are a lot of variables that go into when we're going to launch it. But both Sprint and Palm are very focused on launching as soon as we can and our target is to launch in the first half. There are also no price details yet.

One thing I read is Palm is gearing up production for a "Few Million" units.  Sprint and Palm are definitely working the pre (on pun intended) release hype.  So if I find anything out I will be passing it on!

Dick Betts

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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I'm still using my old Motorola Razer...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Apr 21, 2009 05:22 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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Joeann, I am planning on getting in line early tomorrow morning June 6th to get a Pre.

Jun 05, 2009 02:01 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
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Margaret...Ohhhhh!!!! You are always an early adapter! Keep me updated what you think. So far, I love the thought. We are on the road for 5 weeks, so I will be waiting until I get back to make the switch!

Jun 06, 2009 01:29 AM