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So word on the street is that the Palm Pre debut is coming soon: possibly as early as Feb. 15th or more likely March 15th. It’s rather timely that I’ve just read a 22-page report from Forrester on how consumers choose their mobile phones, no? The […]

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So word on the street is that the Palm Pre debut is coming soon: possibly as early as Feb. 15th or more likely March 15th. It’s rather timely that I’ve just read a 22-page report from Forrester on how consumers choose their mobile phones, no?

The report shows various segments of consumers, ranging from those who look at value and services to others that focus more on handset choices. I found it staggering that only 5% of those surveyed switch carriers for a specific phone. I would have thought the number far higher simply given the churn of folks that went to AT&T for an iPhone. Even more amazing was the 39% that have remained loyal to their first carrier. As in, they’ve only been with a single cellular carrier from the time they first got a mobile handset. Clearly, Matt Miller with his two dozen handsets wasn’t part of the survey. ;)

So the potential Pre timing coupled with the report and Sprint’s new Premier customer program got me thinking: how many of you in the U.S. are considering a switch to Sprint simply to get a Palm Pre? Our poll is hardly scientific as the readership base tends to be the geek vote (and I mean that as a complement!), but I’m curious. I can’t affort multiple carrier accounts, so I’m even thinking of moving from AT&T to Sprint myself just for the Pre. How about you?

  1. Where’s the option for no way I love my phone (iPhone), hate my carrier (AT&T), but think Sprint would be worse and would strongly consider switching to the Pre if it were on Verizon?

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  2. I wouldn’t switch to Sprint but I’d consider importing an unlocked GSM version from Europe…

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  3. I’m not buying into the rumored March release date for the Pre. I seem to recall reports from CES that the Pre demos were highly controlled, not letting journalists to get their hands on them. Speculation was that much of the demo was canned, and there was still a lot of work remaining to complete the software/firmware.

    Additionally, if the release date was in March I think we would have seen leaked FCC documentation on the Pre by now.

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  4. I’ll switch to any carrier that can get me a HTC Touch HD or Touch Pro.

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  5. Kevin the thing hasn’t even hit the FCC yet. In the words of Steve Jobs: you need at least 60 days after it hits the FCC to ship it.

    And where are the reports from web logs saying “We’ve had visits from what appear to be Palm Pre’s to our site…”

    And no one could actually touch a unit at CES? And when they saw them they were mostly mocked up? And did anyone actually see one make or receive an SMS or phone call? They have no radio stack yet.

    My money is on June… If they can keep their developers focused like Apple did. Otherwise at this early in the development cycle this thing could easily slip to Christmas. One good slip up in the design of the baseband to radio interface and that’s santa you hear.

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  6. I recently switched FROM sprint to ATT for the iphone… so no, I’m not going back.

    Sprint was my first carrier and of course they come out with a loyalty program not in the 10 years I was with them – but 6 months after I leave -rolleyes-

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  7. I switched to Verizon 4 years ago after a bad customer service episode with Sprint and I’ve never looked back. I don’t love Verizon, but they’re the least onerous and 90% of the people I know are on it. I want a more capable phone that’s not annoying to use but I’m not switching carriers to get one.

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  8. I’m a Verizon man since the beginning, so I can’t see myself switching. Never mind the fact that several people I talk to on a regular basis are Verizon customers. But out of all the phones I’ve seen recently, the Pre is a phone that I would actually consider switching carriers. Add in the generally better data speeds than Verizon and lower cost, I’m a definite maybe.

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  9. switch to sprint? heck no! thats my personal motto from having to work w/them at work and having them for a while.

    plus, i’m a GSM carrier fanboy so Tmo will have me for as long as i can get my full iphone data plan for $5.99 (tzones grandfathered in! plus its nice to be able to switch between my iphone and k850i by swapping sims)

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  10. I’m tired of WinMo on T-mo; I’m ready to switch. I have to admit, I’m envious of the more unified device/1st party/3rd party developer/carrier environments of the G1 and the iPhone. I’m tired of using an awkward unsupported device on a carrier that lacks 3G, using apps that, for the most part, don’t fully integrate with the OS, and I’m tired of working so hard customizing my device to get a decent performance out of it. I really believe that a unified experience is just not going to happen if all MS does is offer an O” upon which device mfg’ers and carriers must labor to make user friendly (or even palatable).

    Looks like I’ll have to give up some of the fringe features of WinMo that I enjoy (bluetooth keyboard HID, maybe voice command) but I think it’s going to be worth it.

    With the Pre I’ll finally be on a user friendly device that has strong synchronization with the web services that I use. I believe the development community will get behind the Pre in a pretty big way (as long as the application catalog and revenue opportunity shows up). Even if it’s a while before a native SDK shows up, I think a move to a new platform is going to be worth it.

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