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The long-awaited launch announcement from Palm concerning the Pre release has been received and June 6 is the day. The Palm Pre will be available from Sprint, Best Buy, RadioShack and select Wal-Mart stores for $199.99 (after $100 rebate) and will require a 2-year Everything Data […]

palm-preThe long-awaited launch announcement from Palm concerning the Pre release has been received and June 6 is the day. The Palm Pre will be available from Sprint, Best Buy, RadioShack and select Wal-Mart stores for $199.99 (after $100 rebate) and will require a 2-year Everything Data ($69 – $99) or Business Essentials plan.

The simultaneous launch at Sprint and the other major retailers is a good thing for Palm and Sprint. This launch is just before the expected announcement by Apple of the next version iPhone.

The Touchstone charging dock will be available June 6 and will cost you $69.99. This charger was most impressive when we saw it earlier this year and is a likely purchase for most Pre buyers.

  1. Have to say, I was expecting a big ad today in the WSJ or something more than they did – just a press release & Palm’s site has an update. Sprint’s site is choking right now. Hope they get this going with some ads.

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  2. I’m already planning my route for the morning of June 6th: Wal-Mart first because it’s the closest, although there’s a RadioShack in the same location. Between the two close locations and no major marketing buzz, I expect I’ll safely find a Pre on launch day. :)

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  3. I’ll do the closest Best Buy as they don’t make you do the rebate – they give it to you for the price less the rebate.

    So, you are actually HOPING for no more marketing buzz! “To heck with Sprint and Palm’s businesses, I just want my Pre FAST!”

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  4. I’m hoping that I’m able to order it from Telesales the day before or something. I don’t care about having to wait to receive it in the mail, I just don’t have a car to drive around all morning looking for one and I don’t want to camp out waiting for it.

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  5. Kevin Hughes Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    I’ve held off getting a contract phone waiting for the Pre as I used to be a treo addict (had a 180g!), but still there’s no uk date, Any idea when this is going global?

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  6. Out of all the stores selling on June 6th I think WalMart opens first. I do like the $199 no rebate thingy with BestBuy if it holds true. Might be worth the wait for a few more hours.

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  7. I called my local BestBuy, opens at 10 AM, and they are going to sell it for $199 in store…no rebate.

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  8. The good thing about not living in the US is that you can read the reviews before getting a Pre.

    Product launches should go global.

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  9. If I’m not mistaken, Walmart doesn’t do rebates either. It should be the $199 price upfront like Best Buy.

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  10. Two weeks from launch and not a single review anywhere. I don’t know what Palm is hiding, but I find it odd that they refuse to send out review units to even the most critical tech experts.

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