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Sprint will start selling the much-awaited Palm Pre on June 6, the embattled carrier said today. The phone, which onlookers expect could determine Sprint’s fate, will cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate. Best Buy, RadioShack and certain Wal-Mart stores will sell the Pre, along with Sprint’s online […]

Sprint will start selling the much-awaited Palm Pre on June 6, the embattled carrier said today. The phone, which onlookers expect could determine Sprint’s fate, will cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate. Best Buy, RadioShack and certain Wal-Mart stores will sell the Pre, along with Sprint’s online store. Buyers will also need to purchase an Everything Data plan for $69-$99, as our sister site jkOnTheRun notes.

The Pre is being viewed as a potential make-or-break rollout for Sprint. Along with cutting 8,000 employees, the carrier is still losing subscribers at a time when competitors are adding them. The Pre is also seen as a potential rival to Apple’s dominant iPhone. Palm has a lot riding on this device as well. It’s a classic case of where the CEOs of the two companies are hoping that one plus one equals eleven. (Related: Can Pre Save Palm From Being Put Out to Pasture?)

The launch comes ahead of Apple’s expected introduction of a new iPhone, which many expect to include a lower price tag. BusinessWeek has suggested AT&T may be preparing to cut its data prices to entice more iPhone subscribers.

  1. [...] Sprint Sets June 6 for Palm Pre Launch [...]

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  2. I currently have a black berry pearl 8100 with T-mobile, due to problems I have been facing (on my 3rd broken 8100) I am considering going with another provider. Sprint was my first provider in 1998 and they did not have at the time the coverage that I required so I went with T-mobile, later found out they were cheap but not reliable. Do you think a switch to sprint and to this phone would be wise?

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  3. [...] make-or-break device that will define the destiny of the iconic handheld maker will hit the market later this week. For Sprint, the beleaguered mobile carrier, it is a highly anticipated device that will hopefully [...]

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  4. [...] it’s unquestionably helping pump up the company’s shares in the week leading up to the Pre’s launch on June 6. For those who care about the phone, not the stock, check out Om’s quick hands-on [...]

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  5. [...] iPhone, and AT&T, are facing challenges from other devices, however, such as the Palm Pre, the new Google phone (myTouch) and the BlackBerry Curve, which was the top-selling smartphone in [...]

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  6. [...] iPhone, and AT&T, are facing challenges from other devices, however, such as the Palm Pre, the new Google phone (myTouch) and the BlackBerry Curve, which was the top-selling smartphone in [...]

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