UPDATE: Sprint says that this offer was unintentionally made public, and is not available to all customers. The page describing the offer has been removed from this carrier’s website.
One of Sprint’s big hopes for the Palm Pre is that it would lure people away from other carriers. This apparently hasn’t been happening as much as hoped, as Sprint is now sweetening the deal.
It’s offering new customers — those who are moving their phone number from another carrier to Sprint — $100 off the cost of wireless service when they buy a Pre. This effectively lowers the cost of ownership, if not the purchase price.
This offer is good until October 10. More details are available on Sprint’s website.
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device is also 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.
The exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone is Sprint, who has added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. It’s also available from Bell Canada, who also uses the CDMA standard, so its version has EV-DO as well.
This device will be released in Europe in time for the holidays. The GSM version for Europe and Latin America is expected to have the 3G standard HSDPA.