The long-awaited Palm Pre will be released on Saturday morning, and there are a few things that anyone interested in this phone needs to know.
This first webOS-based model will be launched by Sprint, and naturally it will be in Sprint’s retail stores, many of which will be opening an hour early on Jun. 6. But there are more options than that — the Pre will also be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-Mart stores.
Sprint is going to charge $200 with a two-year contract and a mail in rebate for this device. Those who purchase it through Best Buy will pay the same price, but won’t have to put up with the mail-in rebate.
Those who really want one should be aware that supplies will be very limited on opening day. Most stores will have just a few units, and those are likely to go first thing in the morning.
According to unconfirmed reports, Palm and Sprint won’t be able to keep up with demand until July, when shipments of this phone are expected to in quantity.
No SERO Plans
Anyone who gets a Pre will have to sign up for one of Sprint’s “Everything” unlimited data plans. This isn’t an unusual move — AT&T requires iPhone users to get a similar data plan.
Many Sprint customers are deeply attached to their SERO plan, an inexpensive service plan that this carrier is trying to move away from. As part of this process, SERO customers will have to change plans to get Palm’s latest device.
A tweet from the company says it plain and simple:
“The Pre requires an Everything Data plan – SERO plans will need upgrade to Everything Plus plan or other Everything Data (450/900/S.E.).”
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre will use Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This will be a new, 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 (7 GB available to users), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
As mentioned earlier, this smartphone will be available first from Sprint, who will add its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint Navigation, and Sprint TV.
A Canadian version from Bell Mobility will be released later this year, while the GSM version for Europe and Latin America is also expected before 2010, and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.