Palm Pre now available from Sprint, $550 off-contract
If you’re willing to sign a 2-yr contract agreement with Sprint, the new and much-talked-about smartphone can be yours for the price of $199.99, after a $100 mail-in rebate. Off-contract, the Pre costs $549.99 – a reasonable price, I think.
Although it is featured on Sprint’s website, the Palm Pre is not yet available online, so you’ll have to look for it at Sprint’s retailers across the US (including BestBuy, Radio Shack and WallMart). It’s said that initial Pre stocks are low, so if you really want the device now, you should hurry up and get one.
The Pre is offered with the following accessories: Standard Li-Ion battery, AC travel charger, 3.5mm stereo headset, USB cable and a carry pouch. So the Touchstone charging dock and the Touchstone back cover are sold separately, for $49.99 and $19.99, respectively.
Most of you already know this, but it’s worth re-mentioning it: the Palm Pre is a full touchscreen smartphone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard – without this keyboard, it wouldn’t have been a Palm handset, right?
The smartphone’s main attraction is not the hardware side, but the new WebOS, unveiled by Palm back in January. The new platform comes with Palm Synergy, a feature that includes linked contacts, layered calendars and combined messaging – so that your contacts, e-mail and personal/professional calendar are gathered into “one centralized view”.
WebOS also offers Activity Cards, which allow users to perform many activities at the same time. There’s also universal search – letting you search Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia and Twitter, all from one search box.
Verizon and AT&T might get the Pre as well, but only after 2009 ends, since Sprint has exclusivity on the handset for more than 6 months.