No one outside of Sprint knows what this carrier is going to charge for the hotly-anticipated Palm Pre, but some market analysts have gone out on a limb to say it could go for as little as $150.
Palm and Sprint have declined to reveal how much the Pre will cost, other than to say that it will be “competitively” priced. This device’s top competitor will be Apple’s iPhone, so many are expecting Palm’s next smartphone to sell for the same amount: $200 with a two-year contract.
Analysts at Credit Suisse, however, are predicting a lower cost. They say Sprint may charge just $150 for a Palm Pre with contract.
This price depends on how important making the Pre into a big hit is for Sprint. The analysts think this is going to be a critical product for the carrier, and it will therefore be willing to put a large subsidy on the initial cost to increase sales.
Sprint has been losing customers in recent quarters, and many think the agreement that gives it the right to exclusively offer the Pre may help reverse this trend… but only if this phone lives up to expectations.
An Overview of the Palm Pre
The Palm Pre will be the first device to use Palm’s newly-announced webOS. This will be a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook.
The Pre itself will feature a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device will also be equipped with 8 GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
In the U.S. the Pre will be available first from Sprint, who will add its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. The launch day hasn’t been announced, but unconfirmed reports say it could debut on on May 17.
The GSM version for Europe and Latin America may debut later this year, and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.